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Taking the Canon 5DS on Safari

I have always thought of my myself as a bird photographer. It is one of the most popular genres of photography and one that best utilises the advanced features such as fast focusing and high burst rate of action cameras. In 2008 I was using a Canon 1D Mark III for my bird photography and I loved it. It was a great machine and one of my favourite cameras that I had used. Back then, I was at the early stages of my career as a specialist wildlife photographic guide, and found myself in the bush doing less bird photography and more general wildlife photography. In addition, on the odd occasion I would take a few wide angle photos that I considered to be landscape photography.

When the Canon 5D Mark II was released in 2008 it was not only revolutionary for its DSLR video capabilities but also because it was the first affordable high resolution camera, at 21 megapixels. I bought myself one and knew that with the slower focus system and low burst rate it was not designed for action photography. My aim was to use it for animal and bird portraits, and for all my landscape photography work. I took it with me on safari and immediately fell in love with the superb high resolution. It really stood out as a landscape and wildlife portrait camera and as a result, I used that camera to take some of my favourite wildlife photos at that stage. For me, it really worked well to use both a top action camera and a high resolution camera when I was on safari.

Leopard, Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana   |   1/50 sec at f/7.1, ISO 1250   |   Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF600mmf/4L IS USM lens   |   Aperture priority, -1 EV

Leopard, Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana | 1/50 sec at f/7.1, ISO 1250 | Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF600mmf/4L IS USM lens | Aperture priority, -1 EV

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