Lens alternatives for garden wildlife

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neilgc
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Lens alternatives for garden wildlife
Oct 14, 2011

I have a 7D and a 70-200 f/4 IS. It isn't long enough for little critters in the garden (birds, squirrels etc). Now, really, I'd like the 400mm f/4 DO, but I don't have 7000$ lying around.

There seem to be numerous options, but frustrating gaps. The other brand companies seem to have given up on telephoto primes and none of them put IS in what they do offer. For me IS on a telephoto is a must (coffee, DTs etc)

In my price range there are two Canon lenses 300 f/4 and 100-400 zoom. Both of these are relatively old technology and expensive for the (reported) performance. Sigma have a couple of zooms in the price range which may rival the Canon 100-400 and cost a bit less. Then there is a Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 which looks very tempting, especially as the large aperture suggest it would work well with a 1.4x teleconverter, but is significantly more expensive.
Advice, experience and (especially) images would be appreciated.
Neil

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