EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Bird and Nature Photography

Started Mar 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
Steve Balcombe
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Re: 70-300L
In reply to 7Song, Mar 3, 2012

7Song wrote:

Thank you all for you input. After reading your inputs I'd like to rephrase the question. For someone who wants to take photos of birds and animal life, but doesn't want to travel with a heavy lens (think backpacking) and doesn't need professional quality, what lens would you suggest for Canon T3i rebel.

Same advice here as from some of the others - the 70-300L, regardless of the weight which is actually not too bad in practice.

The problem with all of the lighter (and more affordable) 70-300 class lenses is that they are weakest at the long end and wide open, which is exactly where you will want to use them. Because the 70-300L is very sharp at 300 mm, you can crop images quite heavily if you need to which to some extent compensates for not being quite as long as you might like. And unlike the alternatives you won't need to stop down to f/8 to get a decent image - it's sharp at f/5.6.

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