Lens for Eagles

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I am looking to buy a lense for Eagles in Guntersville, Ala. Does anybody have
any suggestions ? I can't afford anything like a 400/ 2.8. I would like a good
lense for my Nikon D80. I have a 18/200 VR, but I dont think that will be long
enough. I would appreciate any suggestions for a poor man. Thank You all.
 
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IMHO a Nikon 300 F4 AF-s with a TC14 for 420mm is your best bet, ask Flew to check his 300 lens out with a TC14. This Combo is about USD $1500 new at B&H.

Nex step up is a used 300mm F2.8 lens from $2000 and up to say $3500 with a TC17EII to get you to 500 mm.

Or a Sigma 500mm F4.5 used around $3000.....


good luck!!!
 
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Maybe a Sigma

I just bought a Sigma 120-300 f2.8 based on comments and images posted on this forum and an opportunity I had to try this lens (borrowed from a friend) on my D200. It is scheduled for delivery tomorrow. (Unfortunately, I am in Nashua, NH on business and won't be home to play with my new toy until Friday.)

We are headed up to our cabin in NW Colorado over Memorial Day. We have one nesting pair of golden eagles and two nesting pair of sandhill cranes on our property or on neighbors' property. I plan to give the Sigma and a 2x TC a workout on these birds and if I get anything at all worthwhile I will post it here. Based on my initial experience with a borrowed copy, this is a lens worth considering for birding. And, since it is a fast zoom, sports photography is another interesting option.

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As mentioned before, the 300/4 +1.4TC is pretty good and can be handheld with good light and practice. I just purchased an 80-400vr today and when the skies clear a little I will give it a test run.

Here is a thread I started with a few samples from my 300 + 1.4TC.
 
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I'd say the 80-400 is too slow (aperture and AF) for eagles, especially if you're trying to get them in-flight. The 300 f/4 + TC is probably your best bet unless you can stretch to the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 which I hear is very good.
 
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Why do you say 80-400 VR to slow for Eagles or Ospreys

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I didn't mean you can't use it for birding, it's a very versatile lens that lends it's hand at a lot of subjects.

But as the OP is looking for a lens specifically for birding (actually, specifically Eagles) there are better choices than the 80-400 for it's price.
 
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I use this lens specifically for birding and distance.

OP is looking for a least expensive way to do it.
This combo is the least expensive I could go for 600mm
 
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IMHO a Nikon 300 F4 AF-s with a TC14 for 420mm is your best bet, ask Flew to check his 300 lens out with a TC14. This Combo is about USD $1500 new at B&H.

Nex step up is a used 300mm F2.8 lens from $2000 and up to say $3500 with a TC17EII to get you to 500 mm.

Or a Sigma 500mm F4.5 used around $3000.....


good luck!!!
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I just bought a Sigma 120-300 f2.8 based on comments and images posted on this forum .....
guilty as charged. :redface:

I have the 120-300 and if you've seem some of my posts in a couple other threads you already know how I feel about it by now. I got the latest version which goes for $2699 at B&H but for $2289 through Amazon.com. Be aware that some folks here have criticisms about Sigma in general and at least one has bought one he was not pleased with. I can't address others' comments, only I am very pleased with mine.

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An honest to goodness bald eagle in suburban northern Virginia, five miles from the beltway!
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80-400 VR:>)))))))))
 
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Thanks for all the replies, and the pictures were outstanding !!! I think the best bet for me is the 80/400 Vr with the TC. Now I have to start saving for
one!!! That's the hard part. Thanks again for all the replies.
 
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Gale -- I'm out of town, busy and not posting -- just lurking a teeny bit. But this picture demands comment -- Bellissimo (Sp?)!!

PaulC
 

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