How can lens and camera technology help you to take better wildlife photos?
Lenses with longer focal lengths can be harder to hold steady, but a built-in optical Image Stabilizer (IS) can help to correct any blurring caused by camera shake. The EOS R7 and Canon EOS R6 also feature in-body image stabilisation which can deliver up to 7-stops of IS when used with a compatible lens.
Blur isn’t always bad though, as pro wildlife photographer Ben Hall explains in his getting creative with abstract wildlife photography video (below)2.
A powerful focus motor, meanwhile, will help you to keep up with fast-moving animals, and the quieter it is in operation, the less likely you are to scare an animal away. The RF mount on EOS R System cameras enables a super-fast connection between camera and lens for ultra-quick, reliable focusing speeds. The Canon EOS R7, EOS R10 and EOS R6 also make the most of the inherent autofocus speed of a lens and share a processor that uses deep-learning artificial intelligence to recognise and track animals and birds with amazing speed and efficiency. To guarantee you get your shot in action-based wildlife photography, it's best to take a burst of images, and the EOS R7 and EOS R10 deliver blistering drive rates of up to 30fps and 23fps respectively3, complete with AF tracking.
A higher maximum aperture (lower f-number) means the lens can let more light into the camera, which can help if you're photographing fast-moving animals in low-light conditions. Full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the EOS R6 work particularly well in this scenario.
Finally, you should consider the size and weight of your lens, as you're more likely to carry a compact, lightweight lens with you. At 300g, but with a powerful effective zoom range of 28.8-240mm, the RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM, for example, allows you to make the most of any opportunities for wildlife photography.