Tax returns well spent.
- A gripped DSLR around your neck with a (white) telephoto lens will get lots of looks and comments of awe.
- At the risk of sounding like a jerk, having a telephoto is really convenient for crowd-pushing; you stick your lens between people's heads and they will move out of the way.
- On the same note, sticking your lens at an open exhibit will cause birds to attempt to land on it, thinking it's a twig.
- Walking around for 4+ hours with six pounds of camera around your neck is really tiring. My hands were aching at the end of the trip trying to hold onto the camera.
- The 70-300L on a 1.3x body was superb for outdoors and bird exhibits. The 50L was a beast for low-light exhibits, such as the reptile house.
I nabbed this cute little dude with the 50L @ 2.0.
Less cute, but the V formed by the branches makes for an interesting shot.
Obligatory tiger shot.
Bird. The turquoise/teal palette came out quite nice. (cleaned up in postproduction)
Nonwatermarked originals at full resolution are available at request.