My telephoto lenses for bird photography.

Started Aug 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Birdman7 Senior Member • Posts: 1,058
My telephoto lenses for bird photography.

In my case I have 3 very distinct lenses, each occupies a different niche in my workflow.

1.) Kowa 500mm Telephoto Lens / Scope - One of my most used lenses lately for jack-of-all-trade session PRO'S Weather-proof. Amazingly sharp (Fluorite optics), 1/3 cheaper and lighter than equivalent branded lenses, quick modular systems allows to convert to a 350mm, 500mm, or 850mm in a jiffy without any perceivable loss of quality, doubles up as a top quality scope rivalling the best out there, saves you carrying two bag for lens and scope. CON'S strictly maual focus.)

2.) Canon EF600mmL F4 IS USM II - PRO'S Weatherproof. Insanely quick AF & sharp optics, AF range selector & stop buttons, 3 IS modes. Great for the distant mammals, small woodland birds in a hide setup, shore birds and other shy & quick moving birds. CON'S Very expensive! Needs to be lugged around with a good tripod and gimbal-type head, slows down your fieldcraft.

3.) Canon EF400mmL F5.6 USM - PRO's My favourite birds-in-flight lens for a light setup, its light, super sharp and AF in a jiffy. CON'S no IS an issue for action shots in dimmer light.

Any questions, please ask.

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 Birdman7's gear list:Birdman7's gear list
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 7D Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM +7 more
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS II USM
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