3. Camera gear planning
Now here is a lot of thought. I have many photography items, but which to take. Simple, ALL! I would rather end up lugging some extra kit around than wishing I had bothered to bring something.
If there are any questions or personal reviews (as in more personal opinion as opposed to normal online technical reviews) for something I have in my kit bag, please ask in this thread, I would love to share. If there are any suggestions as to extra stuff or different combinations, please let me know.
As the thread title says, this is a solo trip. So 3 bodies with dedicated lenses will take up my passenger seat instead of a second spotter and conversation specialist.3.1 Camera body selection
So what am I taking:
- Canon 1D mkIV (medium format)
- Canon 6D (full frame)
- Canon 60D (crop sensor)
Why so many you ask? Well, each has a purpose and as a team they allow for me to have different options (based on light available and focal length required) without switching lenses.
Each camera will be paired with a specific lens (to be discussed later). I will, however, have other lens options in mind were the conditions different to what I planned/expect.
So, what does each do best:
- Canon 1D mkIV
o Can shoot at 10 frames per second,
o Has a brilliant AF system,
o Can shoot ISO400 even in dim light without too much noise,
o 1.3 crop extends reach of lens,
o Has an extreme battery life of around 1500 shots (thus enough for a full day),
o Is my dream body and I use it preferentially (even though it is super heavy).
- Canon 6D (full frame) – still need to buy this guy, planned for purchase on 1 November at expo
o Can shoot ISO1600 without noise,
o Can lock focus even in extremely low light,
o Full frame allows for wider shots.
- Canon 60D (1.6 crop factor)
o 1.6 crop extends reach of lens significantly (better than using a 1.4x converter too as there is more “zoom” added but without increasing the maximum effective aperture which in turn means more shutter speed for moving subjects),
o Light body making it ideal to walk with,
o Shares battery with 6D (will have 3 batteries between the 2 bodies),
o Simple to operate.
How do I plan to use each?
1D mkIV for most of my shots as it will be paired with my longest lens. The idea is that it has the best compromise between noise and crop factor. All high speed work (think cheetah chases and martial eagle dives) will be done with this ferocious moment finder – the AF and fps will ensure that I get the moment I see on my memory card. The length will also aid in record shots of birds for ID in the evenings.
6D will be my animalscape and landscape body. At low light, especially, it has a ginormous dynamic range and amazing colour depth allowing for visually appealing images. I may prefer to use this on some of the morning walks as I can push the ISO. For the ISO I will certainly select this body for any night drives.
60D will be my in between body. Capable of much but less of an allrounder than the 1D mkIV. This may well be my daytime walkabout body (weight saving).