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Old 08-11-2016, 07:43 AM
arvind_negi arvind_negi is offline
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Lens for bird photography

I want to upgrade my equipment for wildlife photography especially birding. I finalized Nikon D500 camera body. Now for lens I am confused among three lenses Tamron 150 600, Sigma 150 600 and Nikkor 200 500. these three lenses are almost same in configuration. Please help me find out to get best lens for Nikon D500. Thank you
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:35 AM
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Re: Lens for bird photography

You need a lens with blazing fast autofocus response (usually a prime)... if you want to catch birds in flight. For sitting birds, need a large aperture. So to summarize... the most expensive lens. Also a (very) sturdy tripod and probably a gimball head.

And if not bought the D500 already a good (superzoom) point and shoot is more versatile.

I (usually) don't enter competitions, so got binoculars instead Way more fun... and waaaaay cheaper! Also better for tracking and studying wildlife. [But then I also don't have a social life, so YMMV]
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:38 AM
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Re: Lens for bird photography

Ive seen some good images from the Tamron. I tend to google the camera / lens combo and see what folks are managing to produce.

I used to have Canon and took plenty of flight shots with my 100-400 lens.
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:28 AM
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Re: Lens for bird photography

I shoot with Canon so Im not familiar with Nikons gear . I would recommend if you are gona go hand held a 100-400 mm min zoom lens thats crazy fast auto focus . You might also want to have a camera that can pop off 6 or more frames per second . My 70D canon camera can do 7 frames per second and thats still to slow for me with birds in flight out of the 7 frames i might get one keeper shot . I use a 18-135 mm zoom or a 70 -300 mm zoom and get good shots on a crop sensor camera the numbers are actually much higher for the zooms so it works . over all patience is the best thing to have when shooting birds you need good gear but sitting a waiting is the best thing you can have for this . Remember if its hand held you have to be able to hold it up other wise I'm not sure about tripod mounted lenses but they are not cheap and get the fastest best lens you can afford and the biggest thing i know from my useing astronomy scopes as long telephotos is get a super stable tripod its a big heavy set up but the the results are incredible . Best of luck Remi
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Old 11-10-2016, 03:31 PM
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Re: Lens for bird photography

From my limited birding - 400mm is never enough with a full frame digital body.

If I was going to go after it full tilt, I would definitely invest in a fast 600mm prime with autofocus and at least a 24 megapixel body that creates a quality image at 6400 iso.
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Re: Lens for bird photography

I've been snapping birds for quite a while, and the best lens I've used is the Nikon 80-400 VR ED on my Nikon 610. It's incredibly sharp throughout it's range, and the autofocus works like a charm.

Some folks will say that this particular len's autofocus is slow... and maybe it is on some bodies, but not mine. I set the focus to just the center spot, and then limit the focus range (the control is on the side of the lens). Then all I have to do is put the center spot on the bird, and start shooting. Very rarely does it fail to keep fast-moving birds in focus as long as I can keep him in the center of the frame.
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Old 11-25-2018, 01:28 PM
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Re: Lens for bird photography

Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 or 600mm f/4 are both excellent. The Nikkor 500mm F/4E is a good one in between the two.
big, fast Prime glass gives you image quality the zoom lenses don't.

Using a gunstock helps with hand holding for following moving animals such as birds in flight.
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