A good lens.

Started Jan 19, 2011 | Discussions thread
Flying Fish
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Number_6: You have hit the nail on the head!
In reply to number_6, Jan 19, 2011

You are saving up for the right lens, IMHO. If you're photographing very large birds--the one in the first photograph below has a wingspan of nearly 7 feet and stands about 4 feet tall--you probably need to be within 25 yards with that 400 mm f/5.6L lens, which is what I used. If you're photographing small birds--like the one in the second photo, which has a wingspan of maybe 4 or 5 inches--well, I was about 4 yards away when I took the second photo with the 400 mm f/5.6L, and still had to crop.

At 40 yards, you might be OK with an ostrich or a wandering albatross or a California condor at 400 mm, but even then, you'd need to crop and you'd need a high-resolution sensor.

FF

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