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- Photography using Digital SLRs


Using both Canon EOS 5D and Nikon D2x in the field


An experience report by Uwe Steinmueller @Digital Outback Photo

Also photos by Bettina Steinmueller


We love most birds, but Pelicans are our favorites. We have shot many hundreds of Pelican portraits over the last few years. Always the main challenges are:

  • Light (no surprise here)
  • Background (tough)

This time we found this colorful old guy on a pier with strong overcast. This is the ideal soft box for these kind of photos.

Canon EOS 5D at 200mm (1/800 sec, f/10, ISO 500, IS), FOV 200mm

100% magnification crop

Nikon D2x at 200mm (1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 400, VR), FOV 300mm

100% magnification crop

Again both cameras did a good job to capture what we wanted. The longer FOV of the D2x was welcome as we did not get that close to the Pelican. On the other side the Canon EOS 5D is a better performer at higher ISO values (we would say ISO 400 and higher). Also note that the D2x shot shows higher DOF because even as we used the same 200mm we were further away from the Pelican (for further discussion of the subject read here).



We used RSE for the D2x files and DPP 2.0.3 for the 5D photos.


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