I took my new camera out at the weekend and shot just over 800 images. Trying the same shots with different's different F etc to try and figure out what all the settings and changes to them will do. I also just sat in my paddock for a while and practised making changes on the fly while not taking the camera from my eye, to see what could be quickly and easily adjusted in the viewfinder with out needing to use the rear menu screen, this way i hope to learn all the controls and have them become intuitive.
I found when using my 70-200 F4 with IS on and in AF servo mode at full zoom, that trying to photograph rapidly moving small birds like Wrens in foliage was pretty hard. I was using the pinpoint focus mode and there was so much variance in depth of the foliage that nearly every shot came out with some bit of the bush in focus but not the bird, I also tried different F settings to to try and deepen the to see if that would help, no luck there either.
Is it better in situations where there is a lot of small detail like this, to leave the IS on but turn off AF and focus manually? I did try it but by the time I had switched off the AF and practised on a fence with manual focus the wrens had all gone.
I also tried shooting some seagulls but it was a very dark cloudy sky and getting the underside of the Gull correctly lit was also difficult, any Tips?
Cheers - John