In-flight Layson Albatross - Midway Island, North Pacific
I used to use a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Since converting to mostly full 35mm framed shooting--i.e. my Nikon D3--I found the lens wanting and sold it. At Midway, I found that focal length perfect when I used my 20 year old 180mm f/2.8 fixed focal length lens. The problem was that lens auto-focus system was of a mechanical design meaning it wasn't quite fast enough as my other higher-tech lenses I would've used when shooting birds in flight. As a result, many easily photographable bird shots were lost. The lens was simply too slow.
When I return to Midway, I'll use a borrowed 70-200mm f/2.8 lens with hopefully better success. That's not saying I wasn't happy with what I have. It's only saying I'm hoping to maximize my opportunities during these rare, once in a life-time opportunities.
SunsetEpic Trip To Hawaii NovDec 11Layson Albatross