What equipment do you
My Equipment - DSLR Wildlife Photography
on a Budget
Canon Camera Bodies
Since first getting into DSLR photography
I have spent rather more than I care to remember on various cameras
and lenses. I have owned Canon EOS 300D 450D 20D 40D and Canon EOS-1D
MK III I am currently very settled using the Canon EOS 7D but as always
each body is superseded very quickly as new technological advances achieve
faster processers and lower noise levels. It's been a long learning
curve and believe me my photography is done on what, in this world would
be regarded as a very limited budget. If you are serious about your
photography the rule of thumb is to spend as much as you can afford
and you will not regret it. Thankfully these days a good DSLR is available
for just a few hundred pounds and even the entre level cameras are able
to produce great results with the right lens in front of them.
Again after a long learning curve I have
proved to myself what many had said to me, that if it's quality you
want it has to be a prime lens in the region of 400mm and above for
wildlife photography. That said Zooms are getting better and better.
I have owned some of the Sigma zooms and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L
IS USM zoom lens with good result, but I now use a Canon EF 400mm f5.6
L USM as a walk around birding lens, better value for money is very
hard to come by.
I also own a Sigma 500mm f4.5 EX HSM which
is little more powerful but heavier as a trade off. Clearly there are
lenses out there particularly in the Canon range that I would love to
own. Having said that some reviews compare this lens favourably with
its far more expensive cousin the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS. In my view
the weight of the Canon is liable to mean that it is sensible to use
it on a tripod, which I almost exclusively do with the Sigma, therefore
is the extra few thousand pounds for stabilisation really worth it?
Well if I owned one I'd probably say yes.