Apples with pears – comparing the 7D mkII with the 1D mkIV

This long-tailed duck was a bonus. Nice looking bird in its winter finery.

This long-tailed duck was a bonus. Nice looking bird in its winter finery.

I’m the somewhat underwhelmed owner of a 7D mkII, which I bought after long deliberation between that model and a used copy of the 1D mkIV. I suspect a major reason for my lack of enthusiasm regarding the former is the fact that it has so many settings that I simply haven’t worked out how to use it yet; I can’t deny that for BIF it works mindbogglingly well, as the Cape Gannets from December proved so admirably.

A photographer friend owns the 1D mkIV, it is his backup body and he’s curious about the new 7D, so we simply decided to swap for a while, to see if he’s able to make the 7D perform while I see if I made a mistake buying the new 7D instead of a used 1D.

Yesterday was my first outing with the 1D mkIV, and I have to say that I love it. I went to shoot purple sandpipers at their well-known winter rest, and I came home with very many nice shots. The following are just a quick sample, and since I didn’t switch housings during the session it is a particularly unscientific “comparison”, but I did get the impression that I was getting more “keepers” with the big housing. I’ll reserve final judgement until Christian has checked the 7D against his superior photography skills, but for now I’m thrilled to be sitting on a 1D mkIV for once.

The purple sandpiper shots are in this gallery, remember to click them up and use the f11 option in your browser, to see the images in their best possible light.

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
  • Taken: 22 February, 2015
  • Exposure bias: -1/3EV
  • Focal length: 840mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

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