(100 - 400) or (70-200 2.8 + 300 4L+ 1.4x III/ 2x III) for wildlife photography

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Gelbvieh
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Re: (100 - 400) or (70-200 2.8 + 300 4L+ 1.4x III/ 2x III) for wildlife photography
In reply to Renier1, May 19, 2013

I agree with Renier1.  I have just returned from 4 weeks in South Africa, with 2 weeks spent in the the private game reserves adjoining the Kruger, where off-roading is allowed.  I took with me a 70-300mm L IS USM f/4-5.6 and a 300mm L IS f/4, paired with a 650D.  I used the 70-300mm L exclusively, it never left my hand.  Yes there was the odd occassion I wished for more reach but what I wanted more than additional length was about 40/50mm, 70mm at times was too much.  Having said that for 90% of the shots the 70-300mm L was perfect, auto focus was quick and accurate.  Photos were shot between ISO 400 and 6400 for the night shots.  Yes noise was introduced at 6400 but its effect depended upon how I shot and what external lighting was applied by the tracker.

What was wrong with the 300mm, nothing except I discovered really quickly that the versatility of the zoom was required.  Next time my back up lens will probably be a 70-200mm L IS F/4.

I think the type of lens depends upon what you are doing and where you are going.  I have photographed wildlife in NZ, Australia, South Africa and the UK with the 70-300mm L and found it to be great for travelling with (think size and weight) and for using handheld.  When photographing hares in the UK I used a 500mm L, sometimes with a 1.4x, to get close enough.  If I was on safari where off-roading was not allowed I think I'd get the 100-400mm L, or if money and weight was no object the new 200-400mm L.  But for me the 70-300mm L is perfect, one of mt best buys ever.

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