90D - About to give up on Birds in Flight and get a 7D II

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90D - About to give up on Birds in Flight and get a 7D II

My 70D was starting to need repairs.

Last January (2020) I bought a 90D. I used the camera a few times and it was fine.

I have 70-300L and 100-400 L II lenses.

Then Covid came along and being a senior I stayed home and didn't get out for months.

I have a few spots where there are some birds and nobody else is there. So the last month or so I've gone to work on Birds in Flight.

I used the following settings:

The birds are never flying with trees getting in the way so I decided that fast responsiveness for changes in distance from me is more important than locking on.

So I used +2 and then went to +1.

For Accel/Decel I used +1

I try to use single point but I'm getting a little old and not steady enough. So I alternate between single point and 9 point. I find that in 9 point the sensors are too far apart and the camera loses focus when the bird move from one spot to the other.

For first and second image I use Focus priority.

I am just not getting sharp results. Far from it.

Also, I'm finding that images that are a little under exposed show way too much noise.

I'm tempted to get a 7D II and use it mostly for Birds in Flight. Kind of extravagant but you only live once.

Canon EOS 70D Canon EOS 7D Mark II
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