Having recently bought a new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and a new Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM, I was keen to head back to Featherdale Wildlife Park to shoot with my new gear, and hopefully capture a pleasing image or two.
Normally I would take my Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM for a photoshoot involving wildlife, but I specifically wanted to shoot with my new 200mm lens, so I took that, plus my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM and both the 1.4x and 2x tele-converters.
We headed out on an extremely cold morning, and were amongst the first visitors to the park on that day.
These creatures can be very difficult to photograph, as they constantly scurry around and often stand in front of annoying backgrounds. Not so in this case, as I was able to isolate this penguin against his sandy surroundings.
As can be seen in this image, the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM is very sharp, and produces very pleasing background blur. Had the penguin been higher and further away from the background, the background blur would have been even creamier.
Unfortunately the woodswallow is enclosed in a cage, and even when shooting wide-open at f/2 within close proximity to the cage, it was not possible to obliterate the pattern of the cage against the background.
Despite this annoyance, the lens has again shown itself to be a tack-sharp performer, capable of easily isolating a subject.
Earlier during the visit, I spotted a kookaburra sunning himself in a narrow sliver of sunlight on a branch.
For this image, needing more reach to fill the frame, I used my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM and 1.4x tele-converter. I have not used that lens for quite a while now, so it was good to give it another run.
It was an enjoyable — albeit cold — morning, and using my new gear was certainly enjoyable too.