Stick around and post some of those horse shots, I really want to see more of what you can do with the Mark III. It is a fine camera and in good hands with you. I envy you with a 500mm. I go up to 400mm and a 2x TC. witch brings the minimum aperture to f/8.
I hate to see you go also. I do have a question. Why did you go from Nikon to Cannon? Usually the lens collection keeps you hooked to one or the other. I would have liked to see more of your Mark III photos as I have always enjoyed the way you see things differently than me and the photographs you take.
I saw your post and you have to do what you feel is right, just thought I'd say congrats on the new equipment. Regarding your entry, I didn't want to post during the week, but there was just to much interference in front of the dove and the focus locked on to a branch in front so the focus missed. even with cropping that just wouldn't work. Sometimes you just have to pass on a shot even with the best equipment. Just trying to help and being honest, good luck in your future ventures.
Thanks for kind words on sepia shot of cougar cat.
So sad, Aiyana... I sure hope you can resurrect it somehow!
I am so sorry to learn about your losing so many photographs. I'm sure it's a prevalent nightmare for all of us here. I wish you the best in rebuilding your certainly fabulous collection!