John: Chris, you've recently started using the Canon EOS R5. How have you found the experience of using that camera?
My favourite camera in recent years has been the Canon EOS 5DS R
, but I was loaned a Canon EOS R5
and was so enamoured that I bought one. I love it. It's a phenomenal leap forward. The first thing I did with it was take it out to the beach on a sunny day with my dogs. Photographing black dogs running fast on a contrasty sunny day is never a joyous task. I was using the tracking focus, which picks up the eye, and it was astonishing. I got more sharp photos of those dogs pummelling down the beach at me than I'd ever got before, in one afternoon.
To go with it, I bought the new lightweight Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM
lens. When I put it on the EOS R5, it's a game changer, because I can carry that easily. That's my go-to lens now. I shoot everything on it because I really like shallow depth of field.
John: How about you, Meg?
I'm using the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
and my favourite lens is the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
. That lens lives on my camera. It's slightly heavier perhaps, but I willingly carry the weight because I love the effect it gives and the extra magnification. I like details in my images, but I want to get as close as I possibly can without disturbing an animal's behaviour.
I recently had a Canon EOS R
converted to infrared. It's the best thing I've done for years photographically. It's a really good discipline to have and interesting to explore what infrared can do in different situations.
There's something critically important to us that we haven't touched on, and it's all to do with ethics. One of the key reasons we're very happy Canon users is because of Canon's ethical policies when it comes to things like trophy hunting, employment conditions, waste and minimising pollutants in the production chain.
I get asked a lot more questions now about the ethics of the optics brands I use, rather than the quality of them. How brands are functioning is becoming quite a hot topic in the wildlife sector.