Hi all first the thanks. I've been reading here a while,i'd like to thanks many of you for the time and information posted and the kindness shown to others in your community. It's been very enjoyable and hugely informative reading some of the threads here pertinant to the type of pictures I'd like to take
I shoot with Canon and my love is really nature,landscapes feature in my pictures,but really it is with the fauna where my heart lies. I would class myself as little more than a novice,sure at 50plus i've used slr's for years but i've more used the camera to record details;I paint wildlife when given the time.
So to the photography and where I'd be very grateful for any thoughts or advice . My budget is tight,i'm hoping in time to be able to buy a new body but I set my sights fairly high i'd like for my next body to almost be something for me to grow into. Really I think I have narrowed this down to either the 1Div or the 7Dii,yes I have used the search function and read some of the threads i have found. If I can't afford these bodies ,or basically get fed up of saving for them then maybe the 1Diii will feature in my musings. I am using a 550D at the moment, it's a cracking little camera,but i'm starting to feel some limitations especially when trying for pictures of wildlife and birds.
I saved for yonks to get a 300mm 2.8(first is version) it's wonderful when I do my bit,kinda goes without saying I suppose and I also have a 2Xiii canon extender and want a 1.4 at some stage. I realize the 2X slows focus quite a bit,so my first real question is will the above camera bodies drive this combo of lens and extender faster than my 550D ? Would any body stand out as being fastest,i'm expecting the mark iv and 7Dii will be neck and neck here. I do also realize that using and extender is not the ideal situation when I'm limited for reach but this seemed the best option at the time. Years of keeping animals and birds plus years of wanting to see them in the wild has given me a degree of field craft to work with I seem to be able to get very close when I really want to ... I don't have the extender glued to the lens,but if my hunches are right and the little 550D is struggling a bit to drive this lens/ext combo then this will give me some help in the real world.
I'm in England guys,one of the things that this novice has noticed is many times I'm struggling to keep my shutter speeds as high as I want to,especially in the winter here, due to low light levels,so i'm curious as to how the sensor noise at higher iso compares with these three bodies to the 550D . Will they show much if any improvement ?
Guys,i'm sure my "big lens technique" is very poor,sure I need to practice (I do I am ) I know that ,skills worth having are not easily won!! I've read more than a few times about how good ones technigue needs to be with the densely loaded sensors on 1.6crop bodies when shooting longer focal lengths,this might be a silly Question,but it won't be the first one I ask...will the mark iv aid me here while I build my skillset,or in the real world will there be little difference between a 1.6 and a1.3 crop body given the same amount of user error? Obviously the pixels are bigger on the mark iv and denser in number and smaller on the 7Dii but I don't know how this translates in real world senarios
Huge thanks for any thoughts help or advice,sorry the post is so long i've been pondering all this a long time now,really my heart is set on the 7Dii or the 1Div(which is an incredibly hard choice to make),if it helps I'm yearning to be good at bif .