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Hiking with my camera

Hiking With My Camera – iPhone Photo

I use mainly Canon cameras for my wildlife photos. I had numerous cameras but in 2015 I sold most of them and I now mainly use the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Update (2017): I have added a FujiFilm X100T camera for my nature walks.

Cameras

Canon EOS 7D Mark 2
FujiFilm X100T

Lens

Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens
Canon EF 1.4x Extender
Canon EF 2.0x Extender

Miscellaneous

Gitzo GT3530LS 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod
Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head
Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II Backpack
Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Backpack

My Canon 7D Mark II Settings

Camera Menu 1:

Image Quality: RAW
Image review: Off
Beep: Disable
Release shutter without card: OFF
Lens aberration correction: I disable all corrections
Flash control:
Flash firing: Enable
E-TTL II meter.: Evaluative
Flash sync. speed in Av mode: AUTO
Built-in flash settings
Flash mode: E-TTL II
Shutter sync.: 1st curtain
exp. comp.: 0
Wireless func.: Disable
External flash func. setting: Disabled
External flash func. setting: Disabled

Camera Menu 2:

Expo.comp./AEB: 0
ISO speed settings:
ISO speed: Auto
ISO speed range: 100-16000
Auto ISO range: 100-3200
Min. shutter spd.: Auto
Auto Lighting Optimizer: OFF
White balance: AWB
Custom White Balance: Default
WB Shift/Bkt.: 0,0/±0
Color space: Adobe RGB

Camera Menu 3:

Picture Style: Standard
Long exp. noise reduction: OFF
High ISO speed NR: OFF
Highlight tone priority: OFF
Dust Delete Data
Multiple exposure: Disable
HDR Mode: Disable HDR

Camera Menu 4:

Red-eye reduc.: Disable
Interval timer: Disable
Bulb timer: Disable
Anti-flicker shoot.: Disable
Mirror lockup: OFF

Camera Menu 5 and 6:

Everything set to default

Autofocus Menu 1 (AF Config. Tool)

I use mainly Case 5

Autofocus Menu 2 (AI Servo)

AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus Priority
AI Servo 2nd image priority: Equal Priority

Autofocus Menu 3 (One Shot)

Lens electronic MF: Enable after One-Shot AF
AF-assist beam firing: ON
One-Shot AF release prior.: Focus priority

Autofocus Menu 4

Lens drive when AF impossible: Continue focus search
Selectable AF point: 65 points
Select AF area selec. mode: everything checked
AF area selection method: M-Fn button
Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only
Initial AFpt, AI Servo AF: AUTO
Auto AF pt sel.: EOS iTR AF: ON

Autofocus Menu 5

Manual AF pt. selec. pattern: Stops at AF area edges
AF point display during focus: All (constant)
VF display illumination: AUTO
AF status in viewfinder: Show in field of view
AF Microadjustment: Disable

Playback Menu 1 and 2

Default

Playback Menu 3

Highlight alert: Enable
AF point disp. Enable
Playback grid: Off
Histogram disp: Brightness
Movie play count: Rec time
Magnificatn (apx): Actual size
Ctrl over HDMI: Disable

Setup Menu 1

Record func+card/folder sel.
Record func.: Auto switch card
Record/play: 1
Folder: 100EOS7D
File numbering: Continuous
File name: IMG_
Auto rotate: On (middle setting)
Format card

Setup Menu 2

Auto power off: 1 min
LCD brightness: Auto
Date/Time/Zone
Language: English
Viewfinder display
Viewfinder level: Show
VF grid display: Enable
Show/hide in viewfinder: Everything turned off
GPS/digital compass settings: Disable

Setup Menu 3

Video system: For NTSC
Battery info
Sensor cleaning: Enable
INFO button display options: All checked
RATE tn function: Rating
HDMI frame rate: AUTO

Setup Menu 4

Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Nothing setup on these yet but will
Clear all camera settings
Copyright information – Name and copyright details
Certification Logo Display
Camera firmware ver.

Custom Functions I: Exposure

Exposure level increments: 1/3 stop
ISO speed setting increments: 1/3 stop – same here for ISO
Bracketing auto cancel: On
Bracketing sequence: -, 0, +
Number of bracketed shots: 3 shots
Safety shift: OFF
Same expo. for new aperture: OFF

Custom Functions II: Exposure/Drive

Set shutter speed range: 8000, 30″ – leave at default
Set aperture range: 91, 1.0 – leave at default
Continuous shooting speed: 10, 3, 4 – leave at default

Custom Functions III: Display/Operation

Focusing Screen: Eh-A – default
Warnings ! in viewfinder: When monochrome set, When WB is corrected, When one-touch img qual set, When NR is set
LV shooting area display: Masked
Dial direction during Tv/Av: Normal
Multi function lock: Quick Control Dial
Custom Controls:
Shutter Release: Metering start
AF-ON button: Metering and AF start
AE Lock button: AE lock
DOF preview button: Depth-of-field preview
Lens AF stop button: AF stop
Multi-function button (M-Fn): AE lock (hold).
Set button: OFF
Main Dial: Aperture setting in M mode – Aperture – I prefer the top dial to change aperture and the rear dial to change the shutter speed.
Quick Control Dial: Shutter Speed setting in M mode
Multi-controller: AF point direct selection – enabled
AF area select lever: Direct AF area selection

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