Sunday afternoon hinted at least of some wind mixed with some sunshine, so I used the opportunity to check the using of a prime 300mm against the zoom of the 150-600mm zoom whilst trying to capture sequences of windsurfers gybing, and after checking whether it was worth also changing my standpoint from the frontage of the club to the stretch of bank beyond where the anglers’ entrance is to the left.
Sam Barnes was not sure I had been given a good steer, but I took that chance and headed out of the car park and along the road and back into the field beyond with my heavy Gitzo tripod, gimbal head and the EOS 7D MkII with the 300m in my camera case.
After shooting for while using the zoom, I swapped to using the 300mm handheld, which was reasonably manageable, but my conclusion was that I should really have taken the zoom from the tripod and mounted the 300mm onto the tripod as my horizons were going to be more consistent, if still not perfectly level! From the experience gained in post-processing, the fixed focal length was too limiting when the windsurfers came close, so the quality might be there, they were often far too tightly cropped, so my previous preference for zooms was confirmed. perhaps having two tripods each with different lenses might work, but for sheer practicality the long zoom range of the 150-600mm is definitely optimal.
In the lulls between when the windsurfers were at the other end of the lake I did occasionally take shots of damselflies, and I add one such here:
I shall try to stick with zooms for a while yet!