Camera & lens

For Christmas I got the new Canon 7D Mark II and after taking my first pictures I’m super happy. I used to shoot with my Canon 70D which is a really good camera for wildlife photography too. But with the 7D Mark II with a high speed continuous shooting up to 10 frames per second you won’t miss any fast action while shooting – and that was exactly what I was looking for. I still need to get used to the new 65-points cross type Autofocus system because it is different than the Autofocus system of the 70D. The only thing I miss is the touch screen that the 70D has and the 7D Mark II doesn’t. But other than that I’m absolutely in love with the tack sharp pictures and the extremely fast shutter speed.
Many people are asking me about the lens I use. My absolute favourite lens is the Canon 400 mm f 5.6. Most of my Bald Eagle pictures were taken with this lens.

Mash Mashaghati Wildlife Photography

Settings

Mash Mashaghati Wildlife Photography

I get asked a lot what settings I use to shoot the Bald Eagles. And to be honest – there is no real answer to that. When there is movement involved I usually use a high shutter speed like 1/1000, 1/1600, 1/2000 and even higher. I learned that different Eagles need different settings. I usually shoot in manual or TV mode and I try to keep the ISO as low as possible (which is sometimes hard, when the lighting is low). I always try different settings and when I’m back home I take a closer look on the big screen to see how the pictures turned out.

Mash Mashaghati Wildlife Photography

For this picture here I used the following settings:
Camera: Canon 7D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Shutter Speed: 1/2500
Apterture: f/5.6
ISO: 400

Mash Mashaghati Wildlife Photography

For this picture here I used the following settings:
Camera: Canon 7D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Shutter Speed: 1/2500
Apterture: f/6.3
ISO: 1250