Desperately seeking birds
- Aug 16, 2012
Having to use long, heavier lenses is the downside of a 1DXII for bird photography. A high resolution body with shorter, lighter lenses is my solution for reach and portability but YMMV.G Dan, I tend to agree that for me the short end can be handled by another lens in less critical circumstances, whereas when I need the long end I'm more often scrambling, dealing with a fleeting subject. Maybe this is just my perception. The problem I have with the longer lenses is simply weight that I can't handle when hiking and hand holding shots. While I certainly can appreciate the value of a zoom, my use scenario for the long end - 400 X1.4 but more often 400 X2 generally has me wishing for more FL not less. A second camera for shorter shooting is also and option for me since my wife is accommodating.
In other words I don't imagine I'd be wishing I could zoom out as much as zoom in.