3.2.1 Car pairings
Hmmm, more thought and questioning has gone into this than anything else. Well, here goes:
- 1D4 + 500 + 1.4x,
- 60D + 70-200,
- 6D + 24-105.
I have a deep love for the 1D4 + 500 + 1.4x combination. If there is anything out there, this combo can get high quality images thereof. No flying birds or running mammals, regardless of speed or changes in direction or angle of movement, this combo will track and capture the action. Also, the sheer volume of high quality shots in a sequence allows me to be very picky as to which frozen split second best portrays the emotion and beauty of the moment as I experienced it. This will also obviously be my snap the bird, ID the bird, put the bird on the life list tool.
The 60D + 70-200 will be the agile whatever is close combo. This lens is so sharp and so sharp to AF, I will get detail of anything that is only 320 equivalent mm away.
The 24-105 is one of my favourite lenses and my most used non-wildlife lens (use it as my main studio lens). The animalscapes and landscapes possible with the combo have not been tested (still need to buy the 6D) but am looking forward to working a style that I rarely do but was my initial inspiration to take photography seriously as an art form and not only a memory capture for family moments.
I am still concerned about the gap between 910 and 320 equivalent mm (1D4 and 60D) – anybody got some advice on the need to have something in between? Otherwise I will wing it – hence the inclusion of the highly underrated bigma (50-500): it is light once you have used a 1D4 + 500 and although the maximum aperture at 500 is only 6.3, the all-in-one lens feel it gives by moving through such a large range is special. The image quality is decent (although it does have significant chromatic aberrations in high contrast situations, like a bird in a bright sky) and sharpness decent.
But now, that is only for the car. What about the other opportunities. Well, I have thought of them too…