Which lens to choose for wildlife/landscape

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asdf123 New Member • Posts: 10
Which lens to choose for wildlife/landscape

Hello

I'm somehow a new photographer and i like to shoot mountain/birds/animals . I search and i find 150-600 sigma c  which i like it, but don't know how goos is that  for what i want(my budget is just about this one ~1000$)

I'm not sure about it, but i saw some lenses like 400mm but isn't fixed length hard to work with? I mean as a beginner and for different purposes

By the way I have a canon 800d

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D / Kiss X9i
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seri_art Senior Member • Posts: 2,839
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I'd say landscapes and wildlife are really two different things. Landscapes (to me) often require a wide angle lens and wildlife including birds would require a long focal length lens with a narrow view. You don't way what lens you already have on your 800D, but I'll assume it's the usual 18-55mm zoom lens which would serve the wide-to-medium range. For the longer lens, I suggest you begin with Canon's quite good, and very inexpensive, EF-S 55-250mm IS STM. That 250mm is equivalent to 400mm in 35mm-camera terms, and would cost less than $200.

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OP asdf123 New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Which lens to choose for wildlife/landscape

seri_art wrote:

I'd say landscapes and wildlife are really two different things. Landscapes (to me) often require a wide angle lens and wildlife including birds would require a long focal length lens with a narrow view. You don't way what lens you already have on your 800D, but I'll assume it's the usual 18-55mm zoom lens which would serve the wide-to-medium range. For the longer lens, I suggest you begin with Canon's quite good, and very inexpensive, EF-S 55-250mm IS STM. That 250mm is equivalent to 400mm in 35mm-camera terms, and would cost less than $200.

I currently have a 50mm f1.8

And i think 150-600 is not my thing

This 55-255 you offered seems to be good

And I'm not so into bird photography mostly landscape/forest or mountain s but if it was possible do some animal/ birds

How is this 55-250mm with a teleconverter in case i wanted more Length?

Rocket13 Senior Member • Posts: 2,138
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The 55-250 is a great little lens, I have the 150-600  which I rarely use since I got  the Tamron 100-400, there is also a sigma 100-400 and from what I seen the two are pretty comparable.

I use the 55-250 if I know I have a good chance of getting fairly close that lens is pretty sharp and very light easy to hand hold.

I mainly use the 100-400 since I hike and shoot again it is fairly easy to hand hold and get good shots. I dont know about the Sigma but one tip if you get the Tamron is dont have the IS switch in the forward position for birds in flight (Mine is ussauly off since shutter speed is high) but if its on while panning it will make shots a blurry mess.

OP asdf123 New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Which lens to choose for wildlife/landscape

Rocket13 wrote:

The 55-250 is a great little lens, I have the 150-600 which I rarely use since I got the Tamron 100-400, there is also a sigma 100-400 and from what I seen the two are pretty comparable.

I use the 55-250 if I know I have a good chance of getting fairly close that lens is pretty sharp and very light easy to hand hold.

I mainly use the 100-400 since I hike and shoot again it is fairly easy to hand hold and get good shots. I dont know about the Sigma but one tip if you get the Tamron is dont have the IS switch in the forward position for birds in flight (Mine is ussauly off since shutter speed is high) but if its on while panning it will make shots a blurry mess.

Thanks for the information

This 100-400mm seems lovely , in comparison with that what do you think about 18-400mm ((and 70-200 f4? Is this f4 worth losing lots of zooming?   ))

By the way i really like this 100-400(any tip to choose between tamron or sigma? There is a lot if posts about them)

Digirame Forum Pro • Posts: 37,100
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I use both the Canon 55-250mm and Tamron 150-600mm lens. They both are excellent for the price.

It just depends on what you want and are willing to spend. You might start with the Canon 55-250mm first. It's so inexpensive. Then if you want more range, consider one of the other telephoto lenses. Just a little bit of caution: The larger telephoto lenses can be very heavy and difficult to use. But with the good techniques, it can be easy.

Here's a few vacation snaps from both lenses that I took this past summer.

Tamron 150-600mm lens:

Photo No. 1 - Mt. Tallac, California under cloudy skies

Photo No. 2 - Lake Tahoe

Photo No. 3 - Bird (taken at Lake Tahoe)

Photo No. 4 - The Tea House on Fannette Island

Canon 55-250mm lens:

Photo No. 5 - Fannette Island again

Photo No. 6 - Near Cascade Falls, Lake Tahoe

Rocket13 Senior Member • Posts: 2,138
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asdf123 wrote:

Rocket13 wrote:

The 55-250 is a great little lens, I have the 150-600 which I rarely use since I got the Tamron 100-400, there is also a sigma 100-400 and from what I seen the two are pretty comparable.

I use the 55-250 if I know I have a good chance of getting fairly close that lens is pretty sharp and very light easy to hand hold.

I mainly use the 100-400 since I hike and shoot again it is fairly easy to hand hold and get good shots. I dont know about the Sigma but one tip if you get the Tamron is dont have the IS switch in the forward position for birds in flight (Mine is ussauly off since shutter speed is high) but if its on while panning it will make shots a blurry mess.

Thanks for the information

This 100-400mm seems lovely , in comparison with that what do you think about 18-400mm ((and 70-200 f4? Is this f4 worth losing lots of zooming? ))

By the way i really like this 100-400(any tip to choose between tamron or sigma? There is a lot if posts about them)

I haven't used the Sigma, but as you read people seem to love both. Here are few examples of the tamron.

OP asdf123 New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Which lens to choose for wildlife/landscape

Rocket13 wrote:

asdf123 wrote:

Rocket13 wrote:

The 55-250 is a great little lens, I have the 150-600 which I rarely use since I got the Tamron 100-400, there is also a sigma 100-400 and from what I seen the two are pretty comparable.

I use the 55-250 if I know I have a good chance of getting fairly close that lens is pretty sharp and very light easy to hand hold.

I mainly use the 100-400 since I hike and shoot again it is fairly easy to hand hold and get good shots. I dont know about the Sigma but one tip if you get the Tamron is dont have the IS switch in the forward position for birds in flight (Mine is ussauly off since shutter speed is high) but if its on while panning it will make shots a blurry mess.

Thanks for the information

This 100-400mm seems lovely , in comparison with that what do you think about 18-400mm ((and 70-200 f4? Is this f4 worth losing lots of zooming? ))

By the way i really like this 100-400(any tip to choose between tamron or sigma? There is a lot if posts about them)

I haven't used the Sigma, but as you read people seem to love both. Here are few examples of the tamron.

Digirame wrote:

I use both the Canon 55-250mm and Tamron 150-600mm lens. They both are excellent for the price.

It just depends on what you want and are willing to spend. You might start with the Canon 55-250mm first. It's so inexpensive. Then if you want more range, consider one of the other telephoto lenses. Just a little bit of caution: The larger telephoto lenses can be very heavy and difficult to use. But with the good techniques, it can be easy.

Here's a few vacation snaps from both lenses that I took this past summer.

Tamron 150-600mm lens:

Photo No. 1 - Mt. Tallac, California under cloudy skies

Photo No. 2 - Lake Tahoe

Photo No. 3 - Bird (taken at Lake Tahoe)

Photo No. 4 - The Tea House on Fannette Island

Canon 55-250mm lens:

Photo No. 5 - Fannette Island again

Photo No. 6 - Near Cascade Falls, Lake Tahoe

Thank you both ,as i thought 150-600 might be a little heavier and more expensive i got the 100-400 sigma
I hope it would be good 😊

And nice photos by the way 🤘

Now that i got this what do you think is good for landscapes? Like 14mm or 18-55, 10-18 ..

Ontarian Contributing Member • Posts: 542
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You've chosen a great lens for wildlife. You should be very pleased with the results.

For landscapes, scenery, general travel, I think you might want a lens like the Canon EFS 15-85 (~ $900) or the Sigma C 17- 70 at about half that price. On sale right now ( B&H Photo for $339).  I have the Sigma and it is on my 60D 90% of the time, unless I'm birding, and am very happy with it.

Rocket13 Senior Member • Posts: 2,138
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I haven't done much landscape so I really don't know. I have the Sigma 18-35 1.4 art lens and I find it to be very sharp and colors are very nice. I did have to do some MFA on it but I see like me you have the 80D so you would have the capability to adjust if needed.

OP asdf123 New Member • Posts: 10
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Unfortunately I do not have eny budget for these lenses you mentioned above . I can get something around 300$
I don't know if it's better to get a 18-55 or a used lens of 15-85 or wait until i can get a better one?

OP asdf123 New Member • Posts: 10
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This lens doesn't have any where to connect with the tripod
If i connect it using camera to tripod isn't that heavy enough to hurt the lens mount?

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