Before I ask my questions, a little history.
I currently shoot with a T2i, Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD. I purchased this as my first DSLR a year ago.
I know I am going to want to upgrade in another year.
My favorite subjects are birds. Song birds, waterfowl, hawks and falcons and birds in flight. Second would be other wildlife.
I visit Yellowstone National Park a couple times a year and shoot various wildlife there and a fair share of landscape.
I rarely take pictures of people.
I also take a lot of photos of my 3 cats.
Before I get to asking about an upgrade, I would like your opinions on the following.
I plan on taking a birding trip this spring and I am thinking about renting a piece of equipment.
Two scenarios: (I have a budget I have to stick to)
1. Use my T2i and rent a Canon 300mm f/4L IS to use on it(may be the best option as I am already familiar with my T2i)
2. Rent a camera body (5D2, 6D or 7D) and use my Tamron lens.
Of those two scenarios, which would I see the best results for taking bird shots? Which would produce sharper images?
Now, for the upgrade question. I would more than likely buy a used body. Budget would be no more than $1,500.
Options may be a 5D2 or a 6D or 7D.
I would have to use my current Tamron lens for a while until I saved enough for a better lens.
One of the things I struggle with, are shots of waterfowl on the water. A lot of my shots seem to be out of focus.
Don’t know if that’s me, or the camera struggling with focusing on an object sitting on the water and the poor lighting.
I don’t have that problem with birds in trees or on the ground.
Also I need something that does a better job at low light. Prime birding and a lot of wildlife photography is early morning in low light.
Of the listed body’s above, which would be a better choice for my style of shooting?
Thanks for any advice you can share.
Also, if anyone is interested, here is a link to an album I have a few bird photos in.