Imagine you are describing someone who has lots of abilities in a field (for example, a scientist who knows a lot about a specific topic and has had done lots of researches in that respect and has written a lot of articles in that regard).
He can do any project related to that topic.
Which one of the following sentences works better:
He is very capable in this field.
He is able in this field.
As far as I know, the latter one should be a more precise example, because the scientist in the question can do anything right now and he has proved it prior to this.