With decent light in the morning, the R7 went to work with a native lens instead of the EF combo. Trouble is, there were almost no birds. Seems that a strong uptick in tourists has driven many of my little friends back across the road to an abandoned, overgrown private estate that’s about the same size of the public garden. Can’t say as I blame them.
After the morning’s dearth of critter friends, shooting targets near easy access to aircon seemed like a better pursuit in the afternoon. Armed with the EF 200mm +2X and the RF 100-400mm + 1.4X, I knew the older EF combo would show some optical flaws on a sensor with such high linear resolution. It turned out to be not a matter of how bad it could be made to look, but how good it actually is. Plenty sharp wide open, it benefits from being stopped down only to cure CA, which is visibly a weakness of the extender, not the lens.
The real surprise of the day, though, was how much detail the RF 100-400mm could capture on such a taxing sensor. And it produced even more details with the extender attached. It’s almost as if Canon designed the lens with the R7’s sensor in mind.
The camera was a pleasure to use, handling a lot like the R5, but with slightly snappier performance. The only niggle now is waiting for the next IOS update, as I now have three bodies not supported by the present version. Raw Power does a good job of making thumbnails and beautifully-rendered previews, but it can’t process the raw files, for some reason seeing them as compressed despite the fact that they’re not.
A few months of Lightroom might be an option, but the interface is nothing like what I remember of the Mac OS version. Whatever the case, the R7 seems like a perfect companion to the R5. The only thing I really need now is for some critter friends to show up!