I had the opportunity recently to take part in the "photo safari" held by our local Mike's Camera at the Denver Zoo. They brought a bazillion different cameras, lenses, tripods - anything you could possibly imagine. And it was all free to try out. I was like a kid in a candy shop.
I got to try the 24-70mm lens that I've been coveting. Now I want it even more.
I also was able to test-drive a couple of full-frame cameras. It's probably not something I need, but it was fun to try.
But the big thrill was the enormous lenses that had stationed all over the zoo. I was able to just walk up, attach my camera, and click away.
With that 600mm lens I was able to get closer than I ever imagined.
My husband even played photographer and tried out some new equipment as well, while our kids indulged me and let me take lots of pics of them in addition to the animals. All in all it was a fun day. I look forward to the next photo safari in the spring!