For a long time I had used standard telephoto lenses such as the canon 100-400mm zoom, the 400mm f5.6 prime. I had always adored the rendering of out of focus areas at 400mm, and how it enabled my subjects to pop. However I wanted more, so a few years ago I bit the bullet and acquired a canon 400mm f2.8 IS lens. The weight, price, size was all forgotten when I created my first images. The isolation, sharpness and speed of focus enabled me to further my creative vision.
Below are a couple of recent shots, one taken at f5.6 and one at f2.8, so you can see the difference, even at small image sizes.
Whilst in India, the lens allowed me to carry on photographing into the night. Whilst everyone else had to put their camera’s away, I was able to capture images of tigers with expanded pupils (due to the lack of light) and bring back some novel imagery. Combining with a full frame camera body gives me the maximum background diffusion and image quality and it will now take a lot to move me away from this set up.