New to bird photography, need advice with D600 and Tamron 70-300mm

Started Jan 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: New to bird photography, need advice with D600 and Tamron 70-300mm
In reply to Brandon birder, Jan 13, 2013

Nikon has a sufficient range of lenses for what you need, so changing to Canon would not be a great advantage, I don't think. As others have said, quality is the same from one to the other.

I have struggled with small birds and full frame. My D3s is very quick but still misses small birds. The only thing that has fixed my problem is the 500 f4. It is gigantic and heavy and costs a lot. I know you said you don't want to spend that sort of money, but do look for used ones at a better price.

As an alternative, I have had good results from the 300 lenses. The 300 f2.8 is not much lighter than the 500, and is approaching it in price, but the 300 f4 is a true bargain. And light. It will take a teleconverter too, but it will suffer in the process. Slower AF and needing more light.

As always, you need to get as close as you can. There is no substitute for being close. The bazooka lenses help though.

Good luck.


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