The 70D has far too many features to discuss here, but it has a few that I am already finding indispensable. Firstly, it has a revolutionary new focussing system, which enables it to more or less instantly decide which direction (nearer or further) to go when focussing. The 350 was fast, but the 70D is near-instant, which is crucial when photographing insects. A fully-articulated rear screen enables me to take shots above my head or down at ground level. 20 megapixels means I don't have to get so close, so depth of field can be better. It can operate over wi-fi, so uploading images means less wear and tear on memory card transfers from camera to computer and back again. Video mode means I can tag images with a piece of voice annotation.
Here are a few shots:
This is the 10mm. micromoth Celypha lacunana, which is out in very large numbers on my local hedgerow:
|The micromoth Celypha lacunana|
|The hoverfly Xylota segnis|
Formica fusca is the ant which is most numerous in my heathy area, and they can often be seen climbing Willow bushes to 'milk' their aphids. This one was behaving very strangely, cropping the fine hairs from a Bramble leaf. I have absolutely no idea why it was doing that.
|Formica fusca, an ant|
|Common Spotted Orchid, with a touch of Heath Spotted|
|'Cleaner' Common Spotted Orchid|
I also took a record shot of the white version of Bush Vetch, which is still slowly expanding its range along a ditch:
|White variant of Bush Vetch|
It's still early days for the camera, but I think the results are shaping up well for the future.