Advice on new lens for wildlife photography

Started Nov 8, 2018 | Questions thread
Paul B Jones
Paul B Jones Veteran Member • Posts: 3,067
Re: Advice on new lens for wildlife photography

The new generation of superzooms from Tamron, Sigma and Nikon in the 150mm to 600mm range have been getting great reviews, and, while noting your concern with weight, are what I would still recommend. Reach is so important with wildlife photography; 400mm is close to a bear minimum focal length.

With respect to weight, it's quite interesting how perceptions can change over time. I started with a 300mm f/4 which I thought was big and heavy. As I worked my way up the food chain to a 500mm and then a 800mm lens, I began to think of 300 as tiny. The 800 is genuinely heavy (4.8 kilos) but, with a monopod, is perfectly usable all day in the field.

Best of success with your eventual decision, and welcome to the wonderful world of wildlife photography,

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