Five years have passed since I moved to Hokkaido, fascinated by the beauty of Japanese cranes (Grus japonensis), which seems like a long time. But in some respects it seems like only an instant. Back then I experienced some sad events such as the passing of my mother. I was keenly aware of the brevity of life. With the help of some kind people around me, somehow I managed to continue my photography work.

On this occasion, I used three different lenses (the 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028), the 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035) and the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)) to shoot Japanese cranes and other wild animals in Hokkaido. First, I shot with the Model B028, which achieves an ultra-high 22.2x zoom ratio. Even so, it is so compact and lightweight that you can easily handle. Thanks to its amazing zoom range, no other lenses were needed for shooting a Japanese crane flying overhead, either in a wide-angle to include the scenery or by zooming in with the telephoto side. It also has effective VC (Vibration Compensation). That allowed me to casually photograph wild birds, wildlife, scenery, you name it.

The Model A035 gave a sharp image in all its zoom range, and even faithfully captured the texture of the feathers. Also, the lens effectively reduces ghosting and flare under backlight conditions. The Model A035 also has effective VC. It easily allows for shooting in a hand-held position. With an optional tripod mount, the camera can be made to be stable on the tripod for wildlife photography projects, which often require photographers to sit and wait for long periods.

The Model A022 was the lens that I used for the longest time on this occasion. In particular, it is better than its predecessor, SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), in terms of image quality on the 600mm setting. The Model A022 captures sharp images even with an open aperture. When you want to shoot mainly small subjects such as little birds, I strongly recommend this lens, which has a wide focal length.

On this occasion, I mostly had the Model B028 over my shoulder and either the Model A035 or the Model A022 on the tripod. This combination might even allow you to handle a significant change in the angle of view. Having lighter equipment makes going to a photo shoot more casual and fun. Shooting more frequently means a greater chance of encountering photo opportunities and better breadth and potential in your photo representation. Having all three lenses allows you to enjoy your photography.