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Old Jun 8, 2012, 2:50 PM   #11
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Sharla wants to shoot wildlife. I think 500-1000mm is too long for that anyway. That would work ok if you wanted to photograph a hummingbird at a bird feeder a block away, but how would you know to look for one there?
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Old Jun 8, 2012, 7:19 PM   #12
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Mirror lenses are another consideration. Here are some bird shots taken with the Minolta (Konica/Minolta, Sony) 500mm AF Reflex, the only autofocus mirror lens ever made, If you don't mind the occasional OOF "donuts" in the background, this is a relatively economical option, lightweight and compact. It is now discontinued, but you can pick up a used one in the $500-$700 range as listed today on ebay. Manual mirror lenses are cheaper, but I can't speak for their IQ except for the Tamron SP 500, which is excellent:

A Little Poser

Bufflehead colors

Some water birds

Hunting Bittern

I've mentioned these threads before, and there are more, but you get the idea.
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