A COUPLE of years ago I got a call from the Nikon PR office. They explained that they were launching a new campaign to persuade selected photographers to switch from Canon to Nikon, I think the campaign was called ‘Back to Black’.
I didn’t show too much interest until Nikon said they would send me a selection of their best camera bodies, lenses and flash system. This also included a 400mm F2.8 lens, bringing the value up to approximately £30,000 worth of camera gear.
I have a 600mm Canon lens and I was keen to compare the two, so I took the Nikon 400mm to Stover Park near Newton Abbot.
I was in the bird hide when a heron crept across the hide about 25 metres away. Its body language let it be known it was about to catch a fish, and as he did this picture was the first image the Nikon lens had captured.
The next morning The Guardian newspaper used it as a centre page spread, Nikon were impressed but I stayed with my Canon equipment.
I did use the Nikon gear for a month, I couldn’t find fault in any item, it was top class photographic equipment.