Some time ago I was asked if super-expensive ($5k+) lens make any sense for creative photography, given the fact that the most famous photographers of the past were using relatively simple equipment. Fortunately, NatureScapes.net has announced 2007 Images of the Year awards, and pictures speak better than words.
© Chris Clor
Have a look at the list of cameras and lenses used by winners:
- Birds category: Canon EOS 20D + 500mm f/4; Canon EOS 1D MkII + 300mm f/2.8 L IS + 1.4X Teleconverter; Canon EOS 1D MkII + 500mm f/4 IS + 2X Teleconverter
- Wildlife: Nikon D2x + micro Nikkor AF-S VR 105mm; Nikon D2x + 200-400mm f/4 VR; Canon EOS 1Ds MarkII + EF 500mm f/4.5L
- Landscapes: Canon 1Ds MkII + Canon 300mm f/2.8; Canon EOS 20D + Canon 17-40mm; Canon EOS 40D + Canon 10-22mm
- Flora & Macro: Canon 30D + Canon 100mm macro; Canon 40D + Tamron 180mm; Nikon D200 + Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro
- Elements of Humankind: Nikon D2x + 35-70mm; Canon EOS 5D + Canon 16-35mm f/2.8; Canon EOS 5D + 70-200mm f/4L + 1.4X Teleconverter
As you might have imagined, bird photography is indeed very expensive.