I used my 7D Mark II yesterday to capture images of birds and also took a few landscape shots. I was able to capture a variety of water birds, a great blue heron, a great egret and a second or third year bald eagle, as well as an assortment of birds in flight. I shot with two lenses: the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens and the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens.
I am very pleased with the results from using the new camera. Images were pleasing, contained lots of details, and noise was very acceptable relative to my 5D Mark III. I used my car as a blind and shot the images from the driver side window, using a bean bag to stabilize the camera and lens. The sky was overcast and I was shooting during the latter part of the day. I also used my 5D Mark III with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens for capturing some landscape images and a weak sunset.Observations
• Focusing was quick and accurate
• Auto ISO was effective and offered a benefit I had not used in previous cameras – through lots of customization
• AF options were easy and convenient to access, although I want to read the EOS 7D Mark II AF-Setting Guidebook
• 10 fps was a real plus; however I worked at managing my images so I would not be overwhelmed when I downloaded to the computer
• I liked the capability of customizing the camera settings to shoot fewer fps too. However the 10 fps came in handy when ducks were catching/eating fish and when they were rising up and flapping their wingsConclusion
Overall I am delighted with the camera. It was a joy to use. I had to invest a fair amount of time to understand and set-up the 7D, although owning a 5D Mark III made this somewhat easier because there are lots of similarities between the two cameras. As I gain more experience with the 7D Mark II, and read/understand more of the camera’s capabilities and customizations I will be making adjustments to its settings.