Thanks a lot guys. After a night and there were tons of input. Can't reply all but I've read and try to apply your recommendations.
LJ3Jim wrote in post #18449604
There's lots of good advice prior to my post here, and you should carefully consider it. That said, I had another experience. My 7D2 was always a finicky body. I could stand in my back yard and take three successive photos of a fence post. Sometimes two of them were identical, but more often all three were different. I spent a lot of time with test shots, different cases, MFA, etc. Nothing provided the consistency that I expected from that body.
Last summer I finally gave up and traded way up to the 1DX2. The difference is amazing. I can take that same fence post 100 times in a row, and all the photos will be the same. Focus is extremely reliable in the field as well. None of my lenses or my shooting techniques changed; the body made all the difference.
Prior to the 7D2, I also used a 60D and 70D. They were also very reliable within the limits of their capabilities. For me, the 7D2 was the one outlier in my Canon experience.
I've since added a 5D4. It seems as good as the 1DX2, but I haven't tested it much in the field under "action" conditions. The 14 fps of the 1DX2 is very addicting...
Totally agree. 1DX2 is out of my reach, guess I just have to live with its imperfection and take more and more photos
Pondrader wrote in post #18449388
Next time shut off Stabilization and use centre point.. It will show you just how much your bird is completely out of frame... remember those wings are only there 50%of the time. I think your not getting any good contrast in your subject shooting with the sun hitting you on the right side 90deg to the camera. Your success rate would have gone up if you would have used centre with helpers as zone needs a ton of subject in the viewfinder.. at least 50% coverage. zone is a complicated animal to master. and you cant trust that software to tell you exactly just where the AF points are really landing in real time. you can see when you did hit focus the subject was much larger in the viewfinder and better lit by the sun. shooting fast moving subjects in hi contrast light with varied back grounds is not for the faint of heart. using a single point forces you to become smoother and more precise in your swing. turning off image stabilization shows you just how smooth your not... and just how fast they really are. O and all the above is just my two cents..
If you think Swallows are hard try hitting one of these.. they never sit still either.. but thats the challenge
The 50% coverage requirement for zone AF... that's new to me. Thanks for the infor. Your pine marten is really nice