Crumbs, there’s also blogging addiction. I’d no sooner posted that last one than I realised there were some extra points.
1. One lesson I’ve learnt over more than 40 years of photography is that the more gear you have, the heavier the camera bag gets and the less likely you are to carry it. It’s no use having long, heavy telephoto lenses if you’re not going to carry them around. That’s a problem and one reason zooms have become so useful – lots of focal lengths in one package. The lens I’m buying still weighs 1.75Kg, though, so it’ll go to Bali with me but I’ll need to plan when to use it – a trolley bag or something.
2. Still cameras also shoot hi-definition video these days and mine certainly does. That 120-400mm zoom will be excellent for video, provided I use it on a tripod. So there’s another heavy item to carry. You have to plan and be dedicated.
3. Why do I need such extreme focal lengths? To get shots like this:
|Americas Cup racing, 1986 with Rottnest Island in the distance © PJ Croft 2012|
|USS Missouri off Fremantle 1987 © PJ Croft 2012|
|First Fleet replica ship, Fremantle 1988 © PJ Croft 2012|
and for the extreme wide angle:
|Musee D’Orsay, Paris © PJ Croft 2008|
To me, the cost and effort are worth it.