What equipment do you use?
Prices and other details mentioned below
will of course change, the article was written
in March 2010
Another question I am often asked is
What equipment do you use?
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 300D 450D 20D 40D and the camera I currently use
the majority of the time the Canon
EOS-1D MK III, unsurprisingly given the price (not cheap) and specification
the MK III is the best I have used and I was stunned the first time
I looked at images taken with it. It's been a long learning curve but
there is no doubt that to me the extra money is worth it. Despite what
some say there is a big difference between these pro bodies (1D) and
the **D series Cameras. That said, I dearly loved my Canon EOS 40D and
was always please with the results from it, with the right lens and
circumstances the results are great the camera of choice in this area
and price range would currently be the Canon
EOS 7D. I have had to sell my 40d but ultimately would get
EOS 7D to replace it in the future as a second body.
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. I have owned Sigma and Canon zoom lenses with good result,
but now use a Canon
EF 400mm f5.6 L USM as a walk around birding lens, and believe
better value for money is hard to come by.
If I am out on a specific photography mission (As
with the Bittern) I take my
Sigma 500mm f4.5 EX HSM , its heavy and not stabilised so I use
it on a tripod. This lens is often compared to the Canon
EF 500mm f4 L IS USM Lens, which is stabilised and normally approaching
twice the price, which is why I don't have one!
It is often necessary to shot in low light when
a higher ISO is necessary, on the
Canon Eos 1D MKIII ISO 320-400 is near noise free, One of the things
I love about this camera. The levels of noise remain low at high ISO
speeds compared to the 40D, this is becoming less of a issue the newer
the camera. Having said that most noise issues can be dealt with in
computer. Also I shoot RAW rather than JPG, processing images is more
time consuming and the benefits sometimes subtle, but I often speak
to people who say, "I tried shooting RAW and couldn't see any difference"
I would imagine all the modern DSLR's are capable of producing professions
quality results. If you want the best images your camera can produce
and you have the time to learn to use the relevant software, shoot RAW.
There is a big difference.