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    3 Mar 2002 - 9:26 PM

    I am thinking about hiring the canon 400mm f2.8 IS to take some good wild bird shots at a local feeding station.I can get within 5 meters of the birds due to the location of the hide but would like to know if this lens is long enough to get good size images of bullfinches,blue tits ect.Would a 1.4 converter be needed?

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    janet  1227 forum posts England
    17 Jul 2002 - 10:24 AM


    If you can afford it hire a converter also.
    Then you can take pictures with and without to see which you like best!


    birdtree  12
    18 Jul 2002 - 8:29 PM

    I use a 70 - 300 mm lens on Nikon F-60 for photographing wild birds in various places and find this not to bad. From the pictures that are taken, if there is to much back ground Ienlarge and crop to the subject.

    Peter Bargh Testing

    What about the Sigma 170-500mm zoom? That's supposed to be superb for this sort of photography.

    doctorsid  12 United States
    21 Jul 2002 - 2:20 AM

    The 400 lens alone should be enough... if you are not close enough then, your results may not be what you want anyway. Along with magnification also comes loss of depth. Intricate feather details will blend into each other. Sure they will be great shots, but the guy who posted that he shoots with a 70-300 will probably have sharper images.

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