Cleveland Zoo – Dec. 27, 2011

A trip to the Cleveland Zoo turned into a great opportunity to test out my new Canon 70-200/2.8L II IS lens. As all the reviewers and working photogs have noted, this is a beauty of a lens. Sharp, fast focusing, IS (image stabilization) works great, with nice color and contrast.

Combined with the Canon 1d MkIV, this setup is pretty incredible. I’ve been shooting the camera at high ISOs, but a cloudy day combined with many animals moved indoors for the winter resulted in a lot of high iso shooting. If I hadn’t labeled them below, you would never know many of these were shot at 3200.

(185mm, iso 3200, f3.2, 1/40 sec)

Gus. (120mm, iso 3200, f2.8, 1/160 sec)

(200mm, iso 800, f4.0, 1/200 sec)

(200mm, iso 800, f2.8, 1/200 sec)

(200mm, iso 3200, f2.8, 1/125 sec)

(200mm, iso 3200, f2.8, 1/125 sec)

Turtle pond. (190mm, iso 3200, f3.5, 1/125 sec)

Shot through the glass of the boa constrictor enclosure. (150mm, iso 3200, f2.8, 1/500 sec)

And an image from the darkened porcupine rainforest habitat at iso 12,800! Amazing. This was seriously “shooting in the dark.” The camera wouldn’t autofocus, and it was nearly too dark to discern focus manually. But I got the shot… Only minimal sharpening and noise reduction in Lightroom to bring out the detail. (200mm, iso 12,800, f2.8, 1/40 sec)

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