Things move on:
I have now gone digital. I wish I could have fitted a digital back to my Rollei, but it is so expensive - so much so that the digital back comes with the latest 6008 body - and all my lenses would have to be modified to work with the new body. So I decided on the Canon 300D, then upgraded to the 400D then
the 500D. I now have the Canon 6D and 5D Mkll. The 5D and 6D, with their "live view",
are particularly suited to macro work. They also are wireless flash enabled and I use the Canon ST-E2 transmitter for this, giving me lots of flexibilty in the positioning of the flash gun(s). This has meant a much smaller and lighter outfit, compared to the Rollei, including the tripod - now a Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT rather than the Benbo - which is a relief, especially on an ageing back! While I absolutely loved the Rollei outfit, I have not regretted the change. One major benefit of going for the smaller camera is that I can carry lenses that will allow me to take close-ups and also to photograph wildlife at a distance. With the Rollei, I did not have any telephoto lenses, so when out with this camera, could only use it for close-up or landscape. The image stabilised
Canon telephoto lenses mean that I can grab hand-held shots that otherwise would have been impossible. The digital images that I am getting are superb - the House Spider on the left was taken using a Tamron 90mm macro with a ring flash, while the Goldfinch was caught by the 100-400 IS USM Canon set at 400mm, both were hand held. The ability to assess the image immediately is such a great advantage and I am also willing to try shots that I would not have attempted with film because with
digital there is no waste. Another benefit of these cameras is the ability to control them remotely. I use the CamRanger, which allows remote view and camera controls up to 50 metres away, so I can set up the camera and retire to a less visible spot. The Great Spotted Woodpeckers at the nest sites were obtained this way.