a65 & lenses

Started Oct 15, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: a65 & lenses
In reply to PatrickNSF, Oct 16, 2011


Whilst what the others are saying is true, that to do birding "really" well you need a mega lens, please dont let that put you off. It CAN and DOES get done with much smaller lenses. However you will need a bit more patience and to pick your spots well.

There are plenty of folks on here (and also in the Pentax forum where the 55-300mm is a really popular lens) that shoot with a lens in the 250 - 300mm range and get great shots. If you can master birding with the smaller lenses, such time as you get plenty of money and can pick up a larger, possibly prime lens, you'll be in a fantastic postion to know how to get the most out of the outlay.

You can always add a 1.4 teleconverter as well, which while it would cost you a little light and speed would certainly increase your reach substancially.

From the reviews the Tamron 18-270 is a great lens but is a little soft at the far end, but I think you'll be fine!


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