I'd love a Nikon D3 of course, and a 600mm or an 800mm lens would look lovely on front of it... and maybe even a 400mm f2.8 as an optional extra (that sad, dull splat you just heard was the sound of fantasy whacking into the cliff face of the price tag - shame. Still, it's nice to dream...).
Anyone who’s got a camera (and a lens or two) will know the moonlit anguish of poring over reviews - weighing up this widget with that; the optimistic flights of intrigue and wonder. I won’t add to your suffering by listing too many facts and figures here. Suffice to say, you need what you need - although you don’t always need what you want. We all know the deal.
The one thing I seldom leave home without is a stout monopod, complete with ball-head - all Manfrotto
stuff which is excellent. When I'm out and about with a monopod I can get all sorts of shots which would otherwise be far too blurry to use - and
it means I don't always have to use a tripod. It's amazing what you can find to lean against and keep the camera steady - even flat down on the ground. And what could be better than that? Not a lot really.
I don’t really want to write a list but, in case anyone wonders, the lenses I use most often are:
- 300mm telephoto
- 150-500mm zoom
- 70-200mm zoom
- 24-70mm zoom
- 16-35mm zoom
- 10.5mm fisheye
- 150mm macro
All comfortably cushioned in a stout Lowepro bag. Just ideal.