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Thread started 07 Feb 2018 (Wednesday) 11:16
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British Columbia bears and whales

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Joined Aug 2014
Kippax, UK
Feb 07, 2018 11:16 |  #1

Going to British Columbia in September to see grizzly bears and whales (hopefully birds also).
Need advice on lenses.

Taking 5d mkiv and 1Dx.
1.4x and 2.0x extenders.

Advice on following lenses required.

16-35 f4 IS or 24-105 f4 IS

70-200 f2.8 mk ii

400mm DO vi or 100-400 mk ii.

500mm f4 too heavy for flights so not considering.

Joined Feb 2014
Feb 09, 2018 20:08 |  #2

Your 100 to 400 will be your best all around lens. I would also take the 70 to 200 because the f2.8 will serve you well. Lots of time, the largest bears will expose themselves at the end of the day and every extra f stop of light is a blessing.
Often when you see bears they can be working up the river towards you, and you start with all the telephoto you have, and end up zoomed way in. That's when the 100 to 400 earns its keep. As a third lens, if possible, I'd take the 24 to 105, even if it meant leaving an extender at home.
Would be interested in knowing where in BC you are headed.I spend a fair amount of time looking for bears in Canada myself. There are some viewing stations in BC set up just for people to view bears, and I have had much fun at a couple of those, one near Bella Coola and another In Hyder AK, which is accessed through Stewart, BC. Have had a 20 plus grizzly day in BC and a couple 20 plus black bear days. Good luck!


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