jdnan wrote in post #18573775.
We moved last November & my new backyard is a 50 acre nature center with abundant wildlife, including some very nice hawks, owls, cranes, ducks, etc. .
This has reinvigorated my interest in photography . . . .
That sounds so awesome, Jerry!
In fact, that is the part of your post that I am most interested in, much more so than the gear questions.
Do you happen to have any ideas about how to go about photographing the birds in your yard? . Any specific ideas about how to create feeding stations? . How about getting birds to nest there - any plans for bird houses to encourage the cavity nesters to rear their young on your property?
Is your 50 acres all wooded, all clear, or a mix of both clearings and woodlots? . How about water? . Is there a pond on the property? . How about a small creek? . Any low-lying wet areas that are soggy year-round - you know, like areas where cattails grow?
You mentioned several birds such as hawks, ducks, and owls. . But you've only been there in the fall and winter - think of how cool it'll be to observe the backyard throughout the spring time and the early summer, when many of the songbirds return. . It'll be interesting for you to find out what species use the land at different periods throughout the year.
What about mammals and reptiles and amphibians? . Do you have any Whitetail Deer on the property? . What about skunks, raccoons, squirrels, etc? . What species of squirrels do you have? . How about lizards? . Frogs or toads? . If there isn't already some water on the place, it'd be really cool to build a small pond in order to draw frogs to the area.
jdnan wrote in post #18573775I'm another one of those typical amateurs with gear questions. I've read through dozens of threads and they're all different situations than mine (of course) & I would love some feedback specific to my current setup and alternatives. I used to do a lot of sports photography with the 1D MK IV & EF 300 2.8L IS w/ a nite flash setup on a monopod, plus a 1D MK III w/ a 70-200 IS II. When my youngest graduated from high school I sold the 300 & MK III & haven't taken more than 20 or 30 shots a year for the last 5 years with my DSLR. We moved last November & my new backyard is a 50 acre nature center with abundant wildlife, including some very nice hawks, owls, cranes, ducks, etc. This has reinvigorated my interest in photography & I've decided it's just too convenient not to go out & shoot on a regular basis, but I want to upgrade my gear, mainly for reach, often in low light situations.
I'm definitely going to acquire a lens w/ some reach and am torn between the Canon 100-400mm II (or the Tamron G2 version) or springing for a Tamron 150-600mm G2. Maybe even a 400mm 5.6 prime?
Really leaning toward grabbing a 5D IV refurb for the long lens keeping the 70-200mm on my 1D MK IV for the closer shots, but trying to decide if I can be happy with just my current camera body & a longer lens. I'm looking for something that will give me high ISO performance on shots that can be heavily cropped & still get a nice size print to decorate areas of the new house. I've read that some folks think that the 6D II (with all its drawbacks) might get me what I want in ISO performance at a more affordable price. I'm thinking since the MK IV is already a crop sensor (1.3) that I'm not going to get that much improvement w/ a 7D II as an alternative, but maybe an 80D?
All thoughts & opinions appreciated.
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