Backyard birds are my favorite photographic subjects because they allow me to be extremely lazy but still make nice pictures. Shooting yesterday with both the new D7000 and the borrowed TC17e-II teleconverter, I captured the following images. I’m dissatisfied with the technical quality of these pictures, but I’m not sure if I’m misusing the camera, the teleconverter, my technique, or all three.
For convenience, I’ve been shooting the new camera in jpeg mode. Today, as I get ready for a short road trip, I’m switching to RAW. A RAW file will always offer the best quality your camera’s sensor can produce. I’m also going to travel with two ultra-reliable lenses, my 17-55 and my 70-200. These have been top performers on my D300, so I’m going to spend a couple of days shooting a little more carefully with lenses I know to be sharp. The D7000 may well require changes in my technique, and will certainly punish inferior lenses with it’s high resolution sensor. But the best way for me to learn is to remove some of the variables and isolate the problem. More on this topic next week. Z