This past 2 weeks have seen a massive increase in the amount of birds visiting the garden feeding stations. We've always had the usual suspects in house sparrows, starlings, great, blue and coal tits, and a pair of collared doves - but now we have around 10 siskins, 6 goldfinches and around 6 common redpolls visiting too.
I've always used Olympus gear for my photography and video since the start - so it was with great trepidation that I was forced to move systems for my long lens wildlife work. Sigma had let me down by not being able to repair a 3yr old 50-500mm APO DG lens in Four Thirds fit. Without available spares and no second hand models on the market, long lens photography was getting out of reach on the Olympus system.
So on the fanboy driven, Canon or Nikon debate.......nah. I just did my homework and made a purchase - no faffing around with the age old arguments on forums of which system is better!
I opted for the Canon 7D body and another Sigma canon-fit 50-500mm APO DG HSM lens. The 7D body has a great autofocus setup for tracking moving objects and is ideal for birds in flight. It also handles higher ISO considerably better than the Olympus E-5.
It's completely different than shooting my old gear though! Exposures were not as off as I thought they'd be on my first outing, and in post processing I was quietly impressed by the sharpness and details available in the 20mb RAW images.
A selection of shots from my first outing with the setup:
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Photographic adventures from from behind the DGPix Wildlife & Nature Photography lens!