Best affordable BIF set-up?

Started Mar 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
RobBobW Contributing Member • Posts: 710
Re: Best affordable BIF set-up?

Careful, the BIF bug bites hard. It is one on the most difficult things to do, but I think the most satisfying! There is nothing like the thrill of getting an amazing shot of your elusive prey.

I've manages some great shots with my lowly Rebel XT(350D), so you don't need to spend a fortune on a camera body with the latest bells and whistles. You can always upgrade the body later on. Look for a good lens as your first priority. I chose the 300 f4 IS L due to it's amazing image quality. I found the 100-400 a little heavy for me and I could get a little more reach with the 300 using a 1.4 TC (Tamron) while maintaining comparable image quality. I really wanted the 400 L but was worried about the lack of IS. Note that if you are chasing song birds, you will have to use manual focus as the USM spooks them. Large birds don't seem to care about the noise we can't hear.

Take your time investigating. Try out the feel of the various lenses you are considering at your local camera store to help you decide.

 RobBobW's gear list:RobBobW's gear list
Samyang 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC
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