Wildlife ~$1500

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Wildlife ~$1500
Jun 20, 2012

I was curious what people would consider the best wildlife setup for $ 1500

The 100-400L is an obvious choice. Many people use this for wildlife, but its a bit long in the tooth and from what I read not a stellar IQ performer (but no slouch). The versatility of the zoom would be nice, but I find most people spend their time at 400mm.

The 300L f/4 IS + 1.4X TC is an interesting combination. It would be faster at 300mm and I expect would have better IQ. Then if you needed more reach the 1.4X TC comes in handy all for a price only a little more than the 100-400.

Then there is the 400L. More reach but slower at f/5.6 and no-IS.

Last, I'm curious about the new 70-300mm L as a wildlife lens. If the IQ compares well against the 300L f/4 @ 300mm, then that might be a very interesting option. I'd find a more uses for the lens in the 70-150mm range and it's less bulky than the 100-400mm.

Some more information about me: I'd be shooting with a Rebel T2i. Again wildlife is the main concern (birds, coyote, deer, dragonflies, butterflies). I would also take some kids sports from the sidelines with this lens. I'm personally less concerned with the

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