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Black-headed gull

Black-headed gull (Larus ridibunas)

I took out my new 7D and tested it out for flight shots. To be honest I have had far better luck with focus acquisition using the 20D which not only locked on very quickly but kept on the bird almost flawlessly, with fast flyers for up to 20 shots. With the 7D I did not get a single sequence of shots using central sensor al servo and trying out varying sensitvity. I will of course try central sensor expansion which theoretically should deliver but I ask myself, is it an improvement to have to change the settings in the field?

Tiny crop.
Clowes Park
Date taken
25th September 2011
Scientific name
Larus ridibunas
Equipment used
Canon 7D Sigma 300f2.8 2X converter
You have lost me with the Tech speak Adrian!! just know that this a brilliant prize winner my friend, :t::t::t:
Stunning flight capture, Adrian! I seem to remember having to set the speed at which the camera refocuses at "Slowest" in order to retain the focus on the bird. Otherwise the camera keeps trying focus on other things. I use single point centre focus but I think once you've got the bird in focus the other points are automatically used to keep it there. At any rate I find the 7D very good for birds in flight even small ones like the Meadow Pipit on Saturday or a flock of Starlings last weekend. It's certainly a lot better than the 40D was.
Gorgeous flight shot, love the light and the bg is perfect. ~~ I know you'll be happier with the 7D after you've gotten used to the new equipment. I've never been particularly proficient with in flight shots so can't help with any advice. I've been very happy with the 7D though.
Brilliant in flight picture, especially coupled with a 2x teleconverter. Outstanding image quality with great stop-action, focus, color, feather detail, lighting, and eye contact and a great complimentary background. Superb Adrian!!!
I have been reading about the so-called focus issues with the 7D, thus I have not made the purchase. Please let us know how your trials go with the camera, it's always interesting to see. Great shot, with nice light and wing pose. :t:
Well this looks excellent too Adrian, I'm sure you will love the 7d eventually, I know what you mean about the 20d tho- i loved mine from the moment I tried it, not something i can say about any subsequent ones.

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