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Old Apr 24, 2015, 1:01 AM   #1
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Default high-ISO woodpeckers

this shot of two pileated woodpeckers working on a nesting tree was taken with a Canon 7D Mk II at ISO 6400, 1/160 @ f/8.using a Tamron 150-600mm lens at 400mm. the image was fairly noisy - at least by my standards - but cleaned up acceptably well for non-critical uses. i wouldn't make large prints from it, certainly, but it would probably make a reasonably decent 5x7 or even 8x10. obviously, the 7DII's low-light performance isn't going to threaten the likes of the Nikon D4s, but it's still pretty decent. i'll be interested to try it in low light with a wider lens, like my 24-105, just to see if that makes a difference... long telephoto zooms aren't the best choices for high-ISO shooting!

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Rocky, I've never seen a pileated woodpecker in person. I understand they are quite skittish and do not hang around populated areas. Getting both the mail and female in one spot sure is amazing.
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