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EF 600mm f/4[color=red]L[/color] IS
202
12.8%
EF 500mm f/4[color=red]L[/color] IS
254
16.1%
EF 500mm f/4.5[color=red]L[/color] (used)
23
1.5%
EF 400mm f/2.8[color=red]L[/color] IS
262
16.6%
EF 400mm f/4[color=green]DO[/color]
43
2.7%
EF 400mm f/5.6[color=red]L[/color]
235
14.9%
EF 300mm f/2.8[color=red]L[/color] IS
188
11.9%
EF 300mm f/4[color=red]L[/color] IS
160
10.1%
EF 200mm f/2.8[color=red]L[/color]
84
5.3%
EF 135mm f/2[color=red]L[/color]
54
3.4%
Sigma 800mm f/5.6 EX HSM
22
1.4%
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM
30
1.9%
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS *NEW
9
0.6%
EF 200mm f/2L IS *NEW
11
0.7%

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-=Top Ten=- Recommended Wildlife Prime Lenses

The Third in a series of -=Top Ten=- recommended lens lists.

We move on to the best Prime lenses for wildlife photography.

We broke Wildlife lenses into seperate "Prime" and "Zoom" catagories,. as we could not fit all our favorites into one group of ten.

Here in the EOS forum some of the most often asked questions are what lenses work best for a specific task.

After research into dozens of past threads and some further discussion,
...these are the lenses that were selected by our forum members as -=Top 10=- Recommended Wildlife Prime Lenses


Please vote,.. feel free to add to the thread why you like the lenses you do in the list,. and or add in an additional lens if it is not on the list and say why!

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F.Y.I. This is a Public POLL. This means that if you click on one of the numbers in the poll,. you will be able to see who voted for what lenses. This may or may not seem helpfull to you. But it may be a benefit for various reasons.

This "Thread" is a forum informational thread and subject to extreme editing and deleting. Any OT discussion, issues etc should be taken via PM or another thread.

Post #1, Feb 28, 2005 00:32:21


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Reminder, you can vote for more than one! ;)

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Thanks so much for posting this CDS, I plan on doing wildlife in college, and for career. I've been hoping for something like this so I can ideas as to what glass to buy! Hoping to get rid of this 75-300 and move to an L...guess I'll have a better idea of what to look for when I see some poll results hehe. But so far it looks like it's just going to be the most expensive ones :lol: Hah, oh well.

Post #3, Feb 28, 2005 02:11:51


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400mm f/5.6 L - small and light so very portable and easily hand-held. Wickedly fast AF, sharp enough to handle the addition of a TC for extra reach.

600mm f/4 - just because it's probably the ultimate wildlife life lens on a tripod.

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Scottes wrote:
400mm f/5.6 L - small and light so very portable and easily hand-held. Wickedly fast AF, sharp enough to handle the addition of a TC for extra reach.

600mm f/4 - just because it's probably the ultimate wildlife life lens on a tripod.

I agree with the 400 f/5.6 As to the 600 f/4, I'll just have to wait for the Lottery. I've been very happy with the Sigma 500 f/4.5 EX APO HSM. On a Wemberley it just floats.
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Post #5, Feb 28, 2005 06:45:09 as a reply to Scottes's post 2 hours earlier.


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Misread one. I clicked on the 200 f/2.8 instead of the 300 f/2.8 I'd intended.

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Scottes wrote:
400mm f/5.6 L - small and light so very portable and easily hand-held. Wickedly fast AF, sharp enough to handle the addition of a TC for extra reach.

The 400mm f/5.6L is a fantastic chunk of focal length for the cash, I bought one and am very impressed with the results. Fits snugly in my microtrekker 200 and then there's the built-in hood, perfect!

...and can you all please stop voting for the 600mm, I know you've all never owned one! :lol:

Post #7, Feb 28, 2005 15:12:44 as a reply to Scottes's post 10 hours earlier.


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foxbat wrote:
...and can you all please stop voting for the 600mm, I know you've all never owned one! :lol:

:lol: ROFL

This is why I voted for the 500mmL instead,. that one I have at least SEEN!

Post #8, Feb 28, 2005 17:23:10 as a reply to foxbat's post 2 hours earlier.


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I've had 3 chances to use a 600mm, and passed on every one. As well as the two chances to use a 500mm L, and the Sigma 500mm.

I am just too darned afraid of liking them so much that I'd buy one. ROFL!

While I *could* purchase any one of them it would be a stupid thing for me to do. As CDS and I say, "I have room on the credit card for one." And if that's the only way to afford one then it would be a bad thing to do...

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Other than zoo and aquarium pictures, I've never had the pleasure to shoot "wild"life. A friend at work recently went on a safari in Tanzania. She had only a point and shoot.

If I had my druthers, and the dough, I'd want the 500 or 600.

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I like the 300/4L IS over it's big brother, the 400/5.6L only because the IS makes the lens a little more versatile, and it's by far the most inexpensive IS lens on the list. On a 1.6x crop camera (10D/20D/300D/350D), the smaller sensor gives you a more of a crop making this lens feel even longer. You can add a 1.4x TC to the 300/4L and get a 420/5.6L with IS, and not give up much sharpness, and on a 1.6x crop camera you are talking about a 672mm apparent FOV with IS, for about $1300 including the TC.

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For wildlife I voted 300/4 even though I own the 300/2.8. Reason being weight for handheld shots. I personally would still buy the 2.8 again as it's a beautiful lens and primarily a sports lens for me, used from a monopod.

On the longer end I chose the 500/4 over the 600/4, again because of weight (and price too). It's so much more useable to me - I can handhold it briefly, use a monopod, or crouch down and support my elbow on my knee. I can't see myself doing that with the 600mm. I'll work on my stalking skills to make up for the shorter reach.

If I only could have one wildlife prime it would be the 500/4 or 400/5.6, but only if I also could keep the 100-400 for the wider focal range. Otherwise I'd go with the zoom only.

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I haven't used any of the lenses featured in the poll.
However, I voted for the Sigma 500/4, because I've seen the great examples that CDS and Scottberger have posted here and think that it's a real bargain in this lens lineup (if you work out regularly :lol: ).

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I bought the 500mm f/4 because it's a few pounds less than the 400 and 600mm plus around a grand less. The 200mm 1.8 on a 20D is a dream (320mm 1.8); if you are close enough to what you are shooting.

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I voted for the 400 f/4 DO, because it is my dream lens, to replace my 300 f/4 IS, which is a great lens for what I do, hand held birding, but I am just never quite close enough, even with my 1.4 TC. I have seen some big young guys hand holding the 500 and even 600, but not for me. However, I have read some criticism of the DO, lack of contrast etc. Some feedback would be great, I am selling some stuff to raise the dough for the DO.

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