Light lens for birding?

Started Jun 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Ian Stuart Forsyth
Ian Stuart Forsyth Senior Member • Posts: 2,498
Re: Light lens for birding?

kipling wrote:

Once again my thanks to everyone.

Much as I try to find my way around it the sad fact of the matter is that the image quality produced by a longish telephoto lens improves as its weight and cost increases. And the starting point is around $1000 and 1kg. Nor are teleconverters the answer because they work best with the expensive and heavy lenses.

Back to the drawing board--------

I am not a canon user but these lenses have always peaked my interest in canon 100-400 F4.5-5.6 and the 400 F5.6 as for cost, weight and IQ on these 2 lenses they are pretty hard to beat, with pentax the stumbling block with telephotos is after 300 F4 the next lens in line is the 560 F5.6. If all you will ever use and need is a light weight zoom than yes what people have listed above are perfect for you needs but if down the line you are looking for a faster or more reach or use of a TC than you will most likely become a 2 system user which increases your total costs at the end of the day.

As a birder I have always wanted a Fast Cheap and small zoom but early on you find these 3  in the same sentence is never found when it comes to birding

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