Last week, I had the opportunity to take my new Canon 5D Mark IV out to the airport to put it to the test doing some aviation photography. After receiving it the mail a few days before I only had the chance to take a few test shots of my dog, so I was really excited to try it out for real. I had to buy a new CF card (as I don’t think SD cards do the camera justice), but I was able to use my 70D’s spare batteries on the new Mark IV. Before heading out I slapped on the Canon EF 100-400mm telephoto lens that I’ve been using been using with my old 70D, and I was all good to go.

As you may know, the new 5D Mark IV is a fair bit lighter than the Mark III. Though the Mark III is only 50 grams heavier, you’ll really start to feel the difference after a couple of hours. The Mark IV has more plastic in its construction, but this is not necessarily a bad thing as it feels just as solid as the Mark III. While good aesthetics are a nice feature, the real test is the image quality of this new camera. The two main advantages it has over other popular planespotter cameras such as the 70D or 7D Mark II are its full frame sensor and improved dynamic range. This means that it can take full advantage of the EF telephoto lens that I’ve paired with it. The 5D Mark IV’s new and improved autofocus system means that it can track moving subjects better than the 5D Mark III and the 6D. On paper the Mark IV sounds like a great camera for planespotting, so I’m excited to truly put it to the test.

I was looking to get some awesome shots with my new camera, but unfortunately the weather on the day was not that great and the lighting at the spot I chose was rather crap by the time I got there.  Nonetheless I still managed to get some okay-shots. I was very impressed with the overall sharpness of the images. Dynamic range on the other hand wasn’t as great as I had expected it to be, but it was quite a hazy day so I’ll save my judgement until I can get several more shots in. Here are some sample images:


Dragonair A330-300 B-HYJ

Thai Airways A330-300 HS-TBD

Cathay Pacific A330-300 B-HLH