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Hi my name is Tony and new to photography I have a canon 500d and was wondering if anybody could suggest a lens for taking photo's of wildlife, anybody got any suggestions.
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How much have you got to spend? What sort of 'wildlife'?
In the £350 region I would recommend the Canon 70-300 IS USM, and at £1,000 mark the 70-300L IS or the 100-400L IS.
There are equivalent lenses from Sigma and Tamron that come in cheaper though they do have compromises with regards speed of focus or noise when operating.
I have had the 70-300 canon non L lens, although it is good value for the price it understandably has its weaknesses. I took many good shots with it but its weakness is at the 300mm end at max aperture, where I most often needed it. I have since upgraded to the 70-300L, a thoroughbred by comparision. A lens that has never disappointed me and worth the extra money. Often reasonably priced lenses are poorest at the most wanted settings. Sadly quality mostly comes at a price.
I don't know anything about Canon lenses but I would guess that, at this stage, you don't want to spend much more on a lens than your camera is worth. (That mindset will soon change if the bug really bites.) That being so, then I suspect that Mike's suggestion of a 70-300mm zoom is a great first step. You might find that there is both the Canon option and a Sigma alternative available.
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