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Wildlife zoom?


amac77 2 59
27 Aug 2014 9:04AM
On a budget as far as photography is concerned at the moment...looking at the Sigma 150-500 on Ebay which is rising above what I can afford, my question is..would a smaller zoom up to 300mm be ok for wildlife?

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franken Plus
12 3.6k 4 Wales
27 Aug 2014 9:14AM
A 300mm on a non full frame DSLR gives you about 450mm which is useful in most situations.

I have one and it does the job for me. If you intend to photograph birds at great distances then it may struggle to do the job.

It all depends on what you intend to shoot really.

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mikehit Plus
6 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 9:22AM
It depends on what wildlife and how close you can get.
For me it is always a compromise between focal length (how close can you get), image quality (good short zoom and crop or a slightly inferior longer zoom) and effectiveness of the AF tracking. If you are looking at prices up to the 500 mark I think the 150-500 will be hard to beat.
27 Aug 2014 9:27AM
A little bit of experience from myself if your shooting small birds ie robins, blue tits etc at 300mm to fill the frame you need to be no more than about 15ft away from the subject. Foxes etc 300mm is ok again if close enough. Learn the habits and learn to stalk the subjects. In reality 400mm + is the range most usable. Sigma 150-500mm is popular.
Gareth
icphoto Plus
14 1.7k England
27 Aug 2014 11:32AM
I use the Sigma 150-500 its a really good all round lens for Wildlife, always use it supported on a monopod, tripod or beanbag as its a heavy lens. Results are always sharp. Had a Sigma 135-400 lens prior to this, nothing at all wrong with this lens in terms of performance, just was not long enough for birds. The following image of an Arctic Tern was taken with the 150-500 on a D7000

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MikeRC Plus
10 3.6k United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 11:47AM
...all my best shots were taken with a 70-300VR ...I regret "upgrading" to a 24-300VR.
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petebfrance 3 1.5k France
27 Aug 2014 12:00PM
More mundanely but hopefully to give some idea of scale, here is the full frame shot of a blackbird at about 6 metres from a Canon SX50HS at 1050mm equivalent focal length.
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Some info:
actual focal length188.2mm
exposure 1/80sec
aperture f6.5
ISO 80
amac77 2 59
27 Aug 2014 1:47PM
Edging towards the Sigma 50-500, so long as it doesn't go too high, not too sure what my highest bid should be for a secondhand model.
arhb Plus
8 2.7k 68 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 1:50PM
Have a look at finished auctions on that lens, to get an idea on average pricing.
mikehit Plus
6 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 3:02PM

Quote:Edging towards the Sigma 50-500, so long as it doesn't go too high, not too sure what my highest bid should be for a secondhand model.


Are you talking about 50-500 or the 150-500, or do you have options on both? Of the two the 150-500 gets far better reviews
Simon_Marlow 11 428 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 3:11PM
I have used my Sigma 150-500 for the past two years and can highly recommend it, you will get some brilliant pics as long as you try to stick to 400mm or under. After that there is a slight loss of quality.





Taken last weekend at about 400mm during the Red Bull Air Race at Ascot





Marwell Wildlife in July this year





Sri Lanka in April this year.
gary_d Plus
7 576 13 Wales
28 Aug 2014 7:33PM

Quote: You will get some brilliant pics as long as you try to stick to 400mm or under. After that there is a slight loss of quality.
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I found the Sigma was better at 400mm so that's why I changed to the Canon 400mm F5.6 prime and have no regrets.










Sri Lanka in April this year.



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