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Old 23-05-2010, 16:47   #1 (permalink)
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Lens advice for wildlife photography

I have recently spent a little time taking some pictures of general wildlife.

I am therefore thinking that it might be a little more helpful to my photos to have a longer lens.

Currently I have a Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm.

I would like to stick to a budget not much more than £1,000 so could I have some advice please on what to consider buying?

Thanks guys in advance.
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Old 23-05-2010, 16:51   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Lens advice for wildlife photography

The 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF NIKKOR looks in my price range but I would appreciate some advice before committing to such an outlay!
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Old 23-05-2010, 17:17   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Lens advice for wildlife photography

The old Nikkor 80-400 has a reputation for being a bit slow to focus on some bodies. I've only used one on a D2x and in good light, and had no issues.

Markulous likes the Sigma 150-500 OS. It is in your budget and a bit longer too.

Nikon have just announced a vr version of the 80-400, so the old model might start getting discounted, but I'd check out the focus speed before buying. The One-Stop Digital price for the 80-400 vr is currently £1006. Best UK price is £1080 according to Camera Price Buster.
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Old 23-05-2010, 18:12   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Lens advice for wildlife photography

The Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM (Nikon Fit) is £750 from Park Cameras.

That looks like a great buy!

I've always avoid non-Nikkor lenses because I am always unsure if they really stack up but hopefully Markulous mike pick up and post some photos.
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Re: Lens advice for wildlife photography

The Tamron AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD IF (Nikon) also chips in at around £830 which is still in budget!

Any thoughts?

It seems above 500mm on all lenses gets expensive so I guess I am looking at 400 - 500mm maximum.
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Old 23-05-2010, 18:38   #6 (permalink)
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hopefully Markulous mike pick up and post some photos.
Check out Markulous's wildlife and action shots. Many of them have been taken with the Sigma 150-500.
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Re: Lens advice for wildlife photography

The bigma has a better reputation then the old 80-400mm. I have most of the times stuck with nikkor lenses, but I must admit the 10-20 sigma was pretty darn good with the image quality. So I would consider a sigma as well.

If you do wildlife, you need a long lenght, thus 500mm is always better. The 80-400 is slow with focussing, so if you do birdphotography this is not the lens. On the other hand, I've seen very good wildlife images of the 80-400.

It'll be interesting when the new one is going to be anounced.
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Re: Lens advice for wildlife photography

Just to be clear guys.

Is the Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR the 'New' one or the 'old' one?

I assume it is the new one!
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Yes it is.

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Re: Lens advice for wildlife photography

Dutchie hs raised a good point with regard to the Bigma - the Sigma 50-500. It had a lot of friends and attracted some decent reviews. Sigma have recently announced a stabilised version of this lens too.....

Decisions, decisions...........
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Dutchie hs raised a good point with regard to the Bigma - the Sigma 50-500. It had a lot of friends and attracted some decent reviews. Sigma have recently announced a stabilised version of this lens too.....

Decisions, decisions...........
I think the lens quoted above is stabilised!

"This ultra-telephoto zoom lens covers a telephoto range up to 500mm and allows photographers to bring the subject close with short perspective. Sigma’s original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed approximately 4 stops faster. It is ideal for sports, wildlife and landscape photography with handheld shooting."

I think I am started to see a favourite emerge!!
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Re: Lens advice for wildlife photography

My take on the Sigma range:
50-500mm 'Bigma' is a good quality, very well respected lens
The new stabilised 'Bigma' (not sure of availability) I've not seen in action so can't comment but I'd imagine is nearly as good as the original 'Bigma'

The 150-500mm OS (which I use) turns in some good shots (most of my wildlife shots are with this lens and I use it over and above the Canon 100-400mm). The AF is quick, the OS is good (but very noisy!) - shot best at f/8 and below (a little soft wider)

A random selection:
http://www.pixalo.com/community/wild...nal-34501.html
http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...sit-35658.html
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Right I've order one from Park Cameras.

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Thanks for the advice.

Photo's to follow..............
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Good decision Jason. I don't think you're gonna regret this. 500mm is a very desent reach for wildlife. I'll look forward to some pictures
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Well it has arrive and I have to say it is a big of a big boy!

Hopefully I might have some shots soon to share.
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Well it has arrive and I have to say it is a big of a big boy!

Hopefully I might have some shots soon to share.
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Do you find you have problems with the Auto-focus?

It seems to hunt around and not always focus sharp.

Am I doing something wrong?
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Do you find you have problems with the Auto-focus?

It seems to hunt around and not always focus sharp.

Am I doing something wrong?
No, no probs with AF - beyond the "normal" that you'd get with any lens in poorer light
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I'll play around with it for a little while and see how it goes.
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