A1 Birds: How are you switching between perched and BIF?

Started Feb 9, 2022 | Questions thread
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Re: A1 Birds: How are you switching between perched and BIF?
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Shutter speed and AF are the only two things that really change for me between the two options (maybe also EC if shooting a bird against the sky). Shutter speed is a flick of a dial, and I have a handful of AF modes assigned to a custom button so I can quickly toggle through them. I generally use small spot (non-tracking) for perched or hopping birds and zone AF (tracking) for BIF. Obviously both with BEAF enabled!

I shoot manual in both cases with the lens wide open (which for a 100-400 is not that wide) and auto ISO (usually capped at about 8000). Shutter speed varies based on the speed of the bird's movement and overall light levels, but obviously I try to shoot as fast as possible in all cases (1/1000 to 1/2000 is typical) except if it's a very calm, still, perched bird (which is rare) when I might drop to as low as 1/200.

I did try assigning a custom function but thought it was a bit of a waste considering how few settings I actually changed between the two subjects.

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