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Posted by Granite Head ( on 08:22:25 05/10/18

In Reply to: Camera posted by Bonnie matthews

Tamron makes a 150-600 mm lens at a reasonable price. It has outstanding "VC" (vibration control) and is, with some practice, light enough to hand hold when you can get your shutter speed up, in other words, in good light. That is the lens I use most for wildlife,

Less bulky, far less pricey, and extremely versatile is Tamron's new 18-400. With that you could leave all your other lenses at home. I use their 16-300 all the time, but 300, as you know, isn't enough reach for a lot of wildlife.

Sigma offers a couple of models in the 150-600 range at different price points, you might want to check those out as well. I don't know if they have the shorter nearly-all-purpose lens that Tamron offers.

Tamron by the way has superb customer service and I think all their lenses have 6 year warranties.

If you get one of these bigger lenses, you might also want to invest in a tripod adequate for their length and weight. Additionally, your results will better with practice, so I recommend working with the lens - maybe go to the zoo or a park with birds - to get used to it. Any lens that magnifies distant objects will also magnify every single move of the camera, definitely less forgiving of operator error, wind, etc., than any shorter lens would be.

Photo of osprey taken in Paradise Valley, Tamron 150-600 cranked out to 550 mm.

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