5D MKIII made this posible

Started Jun 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
joger Veteran Member • Posts: 4,764
Re: To the OP

riknash wrote:

joger wrote:


Of corse the AF of the 5D II is incapable tracking a fast moving eagle or a high speed train

Very nice bird photos!

You know better than I do that a large winged bird like an eagle is not necessarily the fastest bird out there. Generally, the larger the wings, the slower they fly and the easier it is to photograph since they are larger and slower. A high speed train is even larger and easier for the AF unless you are standing on it's train tracks. The example bird photos appear to be a set up situation which would influence the keeper rate of a sub-optimal AF.

That 300/2.8II is a very nice lens and I'd say is the best lens Canon makes in a large tele format. All teles work best the closer the subject is to the lens. I'd guess that these samples were shot very close to the photographer with ample warning that the flight was to occur. Makes even a poor performing 5DII AF acceptable, especially if you have plenty of tries at it. I'd be really interested to learn if you have tried the 300/2.8II on a 5DIII under a similar shooting situation.

had a look in you gallery and it seems you're doing a lot of bird photography. For me it was the first time ever in my life to shoot with a long tele birds in flight.

I own the 300 f/2.8 II now for one week and I normally prefer architecture and landscape photography - now that I have a longer large aperture focal length too - I start with other sujets.

The images I got are very decent for my taste and I only spent some 30 minutes at that place - not even concentrating too much on the AF system just pulling the trigger (more or less)

For me a clear indication that there is more possible and for me the lens counts more - even if I miss one or the other shot - who cares? I am not going to be a birding specialist soon

What I want to proof is that praising the 5D III for it's AF and swallowing the steep price increase is not necessary if you handle your 5D II properly in combination with a nice lens.

The 5D III will be outdated soon and double the price is (very IMHO) throwing budget away that you might need for traveling and lenses - money is much better invested instead of a 5D III that only adds AF speed that only a fraction of the photographers will ever need - at least my 30 minute session turned out to be more fruitful then I ever thought - even though the big slow bird made it easy for me - I did not have the impression following the eagle was almost impossible - (not the AF but the following of the flying bird)

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