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Old Feb 23, 2007, 10:57 AM   #1
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Hello. I just wanted an opinion from the Nikon users. As far as wildlife photography (birding in particular), what telephoto lens do you guys recommend. I'd like something between 300-500mm, autofocus, handholdable, and under $1000. Suggestions appreciated.
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Old Feb 26, 2007, 9:37 AM   #2
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Only one - put on a mask, get a gun and hold up a Nikon dealer. You are asking for the moon here unless you look around for a second handmanual focus 500mm mirror Nikon which will be about $500. A lot of people now are using birding scopes with a camera attached and anything under 500mm is useless. Your only option is to save up big bucks and buy a real long lens since anything else will leave you disappointed.
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Old Feb 26, 2007, 6:09 PM   #3
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Sigma, Tokina and Tamron each have one or two.

If you're stuck on the idea of getting something that says "Nikon" on it, you'll have to look for a used lens. :-)

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Old Feb 28, 2007, 12:08 PM   #4
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Hmmm..

Tamaron 200-500mm F5-6.3 ~$880.00
http://froogle.google.com/froogle_ur...l=us&hl=en
see SMAC and Bmullen images under Steve's Wildlife forum
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11

Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 ~ $999.00

http://froogle.google.com/froogle_ur...l=us&hl=en
See Thehotel's images in Steves Wildlife forum
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11

Closest to $1000.00 for a new nikon Lens for birding :

Nikkor 300mm F4 with a 1.4EII tc gives ~ 420mm combo ~$1500.00
See review on combo http://www.bythom.com/300AFSlens.htm
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...&image.y=0
See my posts "KEM" in Steves Wildlife forum
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11

Nikkor 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 VR ~$1450.00
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=Search&A=details&Q=&sku=207360& amp;is=USA&addedTroughType=search
See Buzzsaw's images in Steves Wildlife forum:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11


These are some options for new lenses... I hope this helped. Good Luck!
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Old Feb 28, 2007, 4:01 PM   #5
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Thanks guys.
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Old Mar 1, 2007, 11:04 AM   #6
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KEM has the three best 'moderately-priced' ways to get to 500mm/750mm EQ. You can also do some restrained eBay shopping for used lenses, as I did. There's a lot more offerings for the Bigma than the others but you can, with smart, restrained bidding, pick up a good used non-DG Bigma for between $550-700 as I did.

My review of the non-DG Bigma is at--

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/sho...762#post181762



My linked Image Gallery below has mostly Bigma images that were hand held for comparison...
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