For those that have been following me, please forgive my seeming absence. After a long month of rehabilitating my knee due to a fall on the Harper’s Ferry hike on January 4th, I have been finally cleared this week to start back up my horseback riding and hiking. Needless to say, the training program that I so enthusiastically put together for the Inca Trail was derailed in January, but has resumed this week in preparation for my Inca Trail Trek in May. So..I’ve been making those hoof beats and foot prints out there instead of staying home and writing about them.
I’ve been wanting to purchase a prime telephoto lens for my wildlife, animals and bird photography. Since I’ve had a hard time deciding which lens to get, I went and rented two lenses from Borrowlenses.com. The first lens is a Canon 300mm f/4.0L IS USM with a Canon EF 1.4x III extender, and the other is Canon 400mm f/5.6L NON IS USM lens. They both arrived this week and I have three glorious days to play with them to decide which one works better for me.
At first glance, I’m finding that the 300mm lens with the image stabilization works so much better for me, and the additional stop in aperture is helping with my exposures. One thing though, it does make a racket when the auto focus is engaged. Just so long as it doesn’t scare off the birds !
For now, I’ll just provide some shots with the Canon 300mm lens that I took today. This is pony’s name is Macaroni, and he is full of personality and pep. Enjoy!