Wild Life Lens Question.

Started Jan 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
jhal Senior Member • Posts: 2,178
Re: Wild Life Lens Question.

SpartanWarrior wrote:

NancyP wrote:

EF 400mm f/5.6 - best bet for BIF and for walk-around bird photography, in a reasonable price range for a beginner. Sharpest wide open! Lacks IS, but good technique can make up for no IS. Main drawback of this lens is the aperture of f/5.6, somewhat limiting in low-light BIF photography and in use of teleconverters in lower-end cameras such as the 60D, which has AF only to f/5.6. 7D2 ought to have f/8 AF if Canon bothers to listen to its users. Another drawback is the relatively low maximum magnification of 0.12x, necessitating use of extension tube or of teleconverter, and consequent loss of AF in low end cameras. This may not matter if you aren't shooting hummingbirds or smaller songbirds from a blind.

Ok thanks, but what about the CANON EF 300MM F4.0 L IS USM? it is the same price as the 400 5.6.

I'd try the 70-200 with the 2x first. With the 5DMKIII files you can crop a lot without loss in IQ.

The 400/5.6 is the next best option without breaking the bank and your marriage..

On a FF body the 300 will be short for BIF unless you use with the 2X


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