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What Lens

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Zeeman, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. Zeeman

    Zeeman Guest

    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
  2. JFHughes08088


    Oct 18, 2008
    New Jersey
    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.
  3. 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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