Living in Helsinki, Finland, award-winning wildlife photographer Markus Varesvuo is never far from the wilderness that makes his heart soar.
Markus has been passionate about wildlife since his teens and was a keen bird watcher and photographer. In 2005, he decided to turn his hobbies into a career, giving up his job in business management to become a professional wildlife photographer.
Markus was a Canon user from the beginning of his adventures with photography, starting with the film cameras. Now, as a successful photographer and author of several bird photography books, he usually uses the pro-level, high-speed Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and super-telephoto lenses.
Markus became the first photographer in Europe to put the Canon EOS 90D advanced DSLR through its paces. Here, he explains how this camera helped him to capture the shots that he loves, and reveals how aspiring wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts can make the most of its features.
With a 32.5 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a powerful processor in a compact DSLR body, the Canon EOS 90D is a highly responsive camera that enabled Markus to capture exquisite detail. The APS-C sensor takes you closer by increasing effective telephoto reach, while autofocus (AF) is handled by a 45-point all cross-type system, which is flexible and fast. The collective focus area is split into zones, or individual points, which you can select directly with the joystick.
Fast continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second (fps) with Intelligent Tracking and Recognition (iTR) focus tracking make the Canon EOS 90D ideal for wildlife photographers like Markus, for whom speed is crucial.
Whether it’s a swallow launching into flight, a bear hunting or a diving bird gliding by, as soon as Markus glimpses an opportunity for a great photograph, he must seize it. “The Canon EOS 90D is a fast camera," he says. "I've been shooting mainly with the pro-level Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and the focusing speed is comparable."