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    Default Wildlife/Bird Lens Suggestions

    Hi currently use Nikon D5100 and Nikon 18-200mm superzoom lens mainly.
    Looking for advice for a longer lens for wildlife/birds etc.
    Thinking of Nikon 70-300 or Sigma 150-500mm?
    Unable to afford the pro prices of 1,000 and upwards prime lenses etc!
    Any thoughts or suggestions?

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    Join Date
    May 2010


    hi Welcome to the forum
    I have a Nikom 70- 300 lens, while it'sa great lens i think for birding you would be better looking at either a 400 or 500 lens. Hope this helps ... Graham

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    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    NW England


    i would look at the sigma too they do produce a good alternative

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    hi BW2020

    like graham & wave have all ready said the 500mm is what your after i like to take some bird shots my self
    and having more then a 300mm helps as for the sigma 150 - 500mm there are a few youtube video's were people have made showing the view you get with this lens
    if you type in Sigma 150 - 500 in youtube or the 50 - 500mm you will see just how close you can get with there's both lens

    hope this is some help all the best


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    Thanks for the replies guys.
    Will have a look at the sigma 150-500 and 50-500.
    Will need to look at monopods for these.
    Many thanks.

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    Default What about reflectors?

    If your main consideration is cost ( per mm focal length) then fixed aperture mirror lenses might be worth looking at.

    You can occasionally pick up old manual-only reflectors cheap online and some of the Chinese imports aren't too bad.

    You can augment manual-only lenses with pre-digital body-mounted tele-converters, as I have, mounting a Samyang f6.3 500mm on a Kenko Teleplus MC7 mounted on my D5100 or D40x.

    The results aren't superb but with a little PhotoShop massaging they're acceptable to me.

    Of course, if 1500mm equivalence on an APSC is a little extreme, you could consider the cheapest option of using a pre-digital manual-only tele-converter on your existing 18-200mm (Nikon's AF-S tele-converters cost as much as some lenses).

    The lack of auto exposure with such a set-up is no real hardship as you can fine-tune the system while you wait for birds to land on your baited perch, for example.

    I would recommend a tripod and remote control over a mono-pod for such a set-up, though.


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