It aint over until the duck quacks:) D7100

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herbymel
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Re: It aint over until the duck quacks:) D7100
In reply to Humanoid, 9 months ago

Humanoid wrote:

solely depended on what I was shooting and how far away they were...if I was shooting what Iain was and how he shoots. He'd look a little ridiculous on his walks through the park with the 600mm strapped to him. Given the distance...the 600mm would be an entire waste of time...wouldn't even be able to acquire focus...given my own shooting...I don't bother with birds like that. No interest, not really much for ducks either. I will take and am saving for a 500mm, but I also have a 300mm and a 80-200...it's not the size of the lens, when you use it, and the conditions that you use it in. Personally I'd also like the 70-200 and am considering that as a purchase down the line as well. I like the 80-200, but don't use it as much because what I shoot is usually further away and more challenging. It also doesn't have VR and as I get older I find I could use it.

I've owned or own all the lenses you mentioned. I still own the 70-200 VR1 but its front focusing badly and need to send it in. Its about 7 years old. The 80-200 afs f2.8 was a great lens but no VR thats why I purchased the 70-200 f2.8 VR. The 300 f4 AFS is a fine lens as I had argued with others when Rudy was ready to purchase. The 300 VR 1 is one of my favorite lenses of all time. The 600mm was purchased because the 300 VR with TC didn't have enough reach and the 500 would of need the TC often where the 600mm for a couple more grand does not need the TC's nearly as often. I also owned a few lenses you didn't mention one being the original 80-400mm non vr non AFS lens yuck.

My first love with photography was landscapes and for some reason I fell in love with Birding about 10 years ago or more I don't even remember. Its very challenging in everyway and very rewarding as well. Good luck with your next lens!

Cheers,

Ray

Thanks Ray

I shoot with someone who has the original 80-400...the new one is interesting though...in a pinch I think I could handhold the 500 for a bit, the 600 I'm not too sure, and getting the extra couple grand to get to the 500 is getting to be a stretch at the moment...hopefully by the summer. For the most part I am happy with the 300 F4, but lose too much light when I strap on the 1.4. I did sell my old manual focus 300 2.8 to get part of the way there. Was my sports lens for the newspaper...talk about fun in getting action shots My main interest in wildlife is larger mammals, but eagles, owls and other large birds are of interest and good practice.

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