Wildlife lens?

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Platanomangu
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Wildlife lens?
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hi, im trying to buy a lens for outdors photography like birds ect but i dont know which one to buy, i have a tamron 70-200 but is short for my needs, my budged is 1100. thank you

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I would set aside $160 of your budget for one of those Korean made f6.3 500 mm mirrors which you can get from Samyang, Rokinon, or Pro-Optic. Totally manual operation but best reach for the buck.  If you have a good raw processor for denoising you can shoot handheld at ISO 1600.  I have attached a few shots taken with this lens. Pixel peepers will complain of blur, but where else can you get 500 mm for under $200?  This lens is a great deal of fun.  JAH

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I would recommend the Sigma 150-500 for your budget.  Flexible range, excellent quality, optical stabilization (for hand held), and auto focus.

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My pick would be the Nikon 300mm f/4. It takes a teleconverter very well for extra reach. I use mine with a 1.7x TC (See my flickr page for samples).

That being said, I know others who went with the Sigma 50-500 or 150-500 and are generally happy with the results.

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Platanomangu wrote:

hi, im trying to buy a lens for outdors photography like birds ect but i dont know which one to buy, i have a tamron 70-200 but is short for my needs, my budged is 1100. thank you

Depends on the range you want. The Nikon 300mm f4 af-s is very sharp and can be picked up used within your budget. I also use mine with a TC-14e for 420mm f 5.6 and is still very sharp but this is an additional expense if you don't already own one..

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I would certainly wait until the new $1100 Tamron 150-600  reviews come out

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I agree.  That's what I was going to say.

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I use a Tamron 200x500 that works quite well for me.

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I went wit the Sigma 120-400 to get f/5.6 and am very happy with it.  The 500mm versions just don't open up enough.  I was afraid I'd never get the shutter speeds I wanted out of the 500's.   I also got the Sigma 1.4x teleconverter for times when I need the reach, have plenty of light and can live with manual focus.

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