I have had a camera in my hand before my adulthood, and I have been fortunate in my carrier as a pro Photographer to be able to afford the best gear. Nikon has been my choice through the years, and I still have my 600mm & 800mm manual lenses in my collection, also I have the 600mm and 800mm autofocus VR lenses, you could say they have become a part of my family. My current bodies I use daily are the Nikon D5, D850, D810, Lenses I do love the products from Aizu Fukushima Sigma Corporation, the 300-800mm f5.6 I have trusted since it's release, and I am on my 3rd lens, the other two met with unfortunate events; but that’s my business adventure photography, and we are not easy on our gear. Lately, my go-to daily lenses for the field are the Nikon 14-24mm, Nikon 200mm micro, sigma 24-105mm and the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, but I am starting to feel I might be missing out on what other camera makers have to offer.
Next week I am co-leading an adventure photography workshop with Kevin Raber of Rock Hopper Workshops. And when I found out, I was the only one in our group with a long heavy telephoto 800mm lens; my mind started to race. One of our clients on our upcoming workshop who I thought was using Canon and long heavy telephoto lenses, changed over, and for wildlife, he now uses the Panasonic: Leica DG 100-400 mm (200-800 mm) f/4.0-6.3 Super Telephoto Lens and the Sony 400mm 2.8 lens, with a teleconverter x2 that's an 800mm lens, my prefeed FOV, and this the gear is extremely light in comparison to my own gear. I attend several big cameras shows throughout the year, but in truth, I am more interested in being in the field photographing or in the studio then at camera shows, but I still enjoy to buy my camera gear at shops.
This year to Hokkaido I will bring along the Sigma 300-800mm 5.6, but I think this will be it’s last visit to Hokkaido, or taken by plane. In the coming months, I will most likely add a camera maker to my family, possibly Sony, Fuji or Olympus, I will still hold onto some of my Nikon gear, for studio, local birding and macro photography, but for wildlife adventure photography, Nikon and Canon are a little behind the times, especially in camera bodies, I hope they catch up.