Rarit-T wrote in post #15740075
Ok, I want to do nature photography (including birds) , architecture and landscapes and have just under £4000 to spend.Issue 1 – which camera?
Issue 2 – which lens?
I also want to do some sunset shots so can anyone recommend a good polariser for a good price for L lenses.
What bag will fit these lenses at a good price.
A good monopod – I have a good tripod already.
A good memory card at a good price – compact is best is it not?
I am hoping that (maybe wishing) that because I am dropping £4000 in one hit I might be able to haggle a bit and get some freebies – has anyone known this to happen? Maybe the filters for free?
I won't comment on your camera body choices because I'm not familiar with either of your options.
For the lenses: the 24-105 is a good choice, very versatile. It has some issues at the wide end (which you can deal with in pp), and you may want to consider this since you're wanting to photograph architecture, but honestly, it's such a useful range.
For the longer lens: I'd suggest one of the zooms, rather than the prime, again for the flexibility. As for the choice between the 70-300 and the 100-400, it would depend if you expect to use the 300-400 length a lot, or just occasionally. If a lot, I'd recommend the 100-400. Extenders are fine for occasional use, but you wouldn't want to be using one all the time. You lose one stop of light, and they affect AF speed as well. However, if you think you'd use 300-400 only occasionally, then the 70-300 is an outstanding lens. Of the two, it's smaller and easier to carry around, is newer, has a better IS system, and is extremely versatile.
One thing you don't mention is a flash, but you should definitely have one on your list, especially if you're going to do portraits and macro. Any of the Speedlites will be fine.
You should also budget for an extra battery for whatever camera you choose.
Don't buy cheap UV filters, they will ruin your images.
As for a bag: it depends if you want to carry a laptop or not. The kit you propose to buy will be fairly heavy, so I'd suggest a backpack rather than a sling bag. Go to the store, try them out, see which you like best. I personally like the Tamrac Evolution series, but there are loads of options available.
I would wait before buying a monopod. You may well not need one.
And lastly, I'd also recommend either an online class to help you get to know your new camera, or a decent book on exposure and lighting.
Good luck, and enjoy your new kit!