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Zeeman

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Just started getting into birds.. I have a D40... What lens do all of you use?


I know it depends on distance light and other factors but would like to hear what lens are being used...

Thank you
 
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Lenses are all about speed. The "faster" they are, the more they cost. Speed, reach and image quality are the names of the game.

Other than the kit lens, I use a Tamron 70-300 MM, F/4 - 5.6. http://tamron.com/lenses/prod/70300_di_a017.asp

Its not the fastest and has slight image issues beyond 220 MM but for the price (around $150 on line), it gives good reach for the price. You just need decent light.
 
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My best birding lens is the 300/4. Fast AF-S and supoer IQ, but it all depends on what kind of birds, and what will be your working distance.

Birds on a feeder in a backyard is one thing, flying birds in wetlands or open range is another.

You will be limited on the D40 as non-AF-S lenses will not AF for you. Sure you can shoot birds using MF but don't expect many BIF keepers.
 
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