Snowy plovers are only 6.25 inches tall. They are not a large bird and are easy to overlook as they blend into the beach.
I found this one yesterday on the Texas City Dike in Texas City, Texas. (Is that enough Texas’ for you?). I was walking along the shore and carrying the Canon R6 with the 100-500mm RF lens and 1.4x extender.
The bird let me get fairly close and even let me crouch down a few times.
The camera kept focus no matter how quickly the bird scurried along the beach.
All were shot with Aperture Priority, f10, shutter speed 2000, ISO 800, wide zone auto focus.
My Canon R6 arrive last week and today was the first time I had a chance to take it out for a test shoot.
I am impressed!!
My outing today was mainly to test the auto focus on the R6 compared with the more expensive R5. Conclusion: I can’t see any difference.
The Canon R6 reminds me of my Canon 5D Mark IV and I was not disappointed with the R6.
Notice that I compared the Canon R6 to the Canon 5D Mark IV when comparing auto focus capabilities. My Canon 5D Mark IV always beat my 7D Mark II in the auto focus arena. The 7D Mark II would miss a shot here and there in a series. The 5D Mark IV got all the shots in a series in focus. That’s the same thing I saw in my test today with the Canon R6. It held auto focus throughout the series without missing a single shot!
Not once today did I notice the Canon R6 hunting for the subject. I pointed the camera at the bird, the camera locked on the focus, and I clicked the shutter button. We were working as a team — the camera and me.
I’ll post a more thorough comparison of the Canon R5 and Canon R6 in the next few days. This is just the beginning.
The new mirrorless cameras give us so many options. I’m using the Canon R5 but the following will apply to Nikon, Sony, Olympus, and Fuji. The key is to experiment and learn from your mistakes and triumphs.
I used 1-point AF on my DSLR cameras most of the time. I’d move that one point around the screen with lightening speed — a skill I developed over many years of practice.
After working with the R5 for four months, I’ve found that the 1-point AF has its place.
Eye tracking is amazing. We’ve had this technology on cheap point-and-shoot cameras for years and even on cellphone cameras. The engineers at Canon have really hit a homerun with Animal Eye tracking. I hear Olympus has done well in this arena, too.
Use your Menu setting to tell the camera to look for human eyes or animals eyes, by the way. Canon puts this in the pink menus.
Large Zone AF: Horizontal has been great for flying birds.
I’ve worked with Canon R5 for several months under a variety of different situations. I’m changing Focus Methods now depending on the circumstances. My old skill at moving one focus point around on my DSLR has now morphed into changing my Focus Method.
Approaching a bird with a defined eye in clutter — switch to Animal Eye AF
Approaching a duck that’s about to take off — switch to Large Zone AF
Trying to photograph a small bird in the brush — switch to 1-point AF
Flying hawk overhead — switch to a small cluster
These focus options give us lots more tools in the toolbox. Take some time to practice and develop your skills.
Questions? Feel free to post below. Thanks for reading.