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Jun 14, 2011 03:15 |  #1

I am in Kenya, and shoot wildlife in the outdoors, in the daytime.

have been using a bridge camera but am planning on buying a 60d.

My biggest concern is trying to find a decent affordable long lens to capture all the wildlife I see.

Any suggestions? I don't want to spend over $600 to $800 for this, I know there are some amazing L lenses, but I'm just starting off so want to go slow.


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Jun 14, 2011 03:19 |  #2

OOops I think I posted this in the wrong forum! Can mods kindly move this to the lens forum?

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Jun 14, 2011 06:41 |  #3

If you can find a cheap second-hand one then the 100-400 would be ideal. Failing that the Sigma equivalent can be found second-hand within your budget - LINK (external link).


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Jun 14, 2011 08:56 |  #4

Your option within your budget
EF-S 55-250
EF 70-200 f/4 non IS w/1.4x
EF 70-300 IS

Out of those, I would choose EF-S 55-250
Ideally you'll want 100-400, but it's $1K+


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Jun 14, 2011 10:15 |  #5

Hi and welcome to POTN,

All good suggestions...

55-250 IS is the least expensive, and entry-level lens in pretty much every way but capable of taking decent shots. You can often get this lens in kit with various camera models.

The step up is the 70-300 IS. I don't have much experience with it, so can't really say much about it.

At the top end of your price range is the least expensive of the Canon 70-200... The f4 non-IS that ahendarman mentions... This is a solid, durable L-series, excellent image quality, resistant to dust, etc... a real workhorse. But I'm afraid you won't have budget remaining for a 1.4X. The Canon is good, but current Mk III is $500 US, Mk II might be found for a bit less. The more expensive Kenko model is also considered quite good. (Nite: Don't be tempted by 2X on the 70-200... they'll cost more image quality and also effect AF, disabling it completely if it's a Canon teleconverter.)

A longer tele zoom is usually quickest and easiest to shoot with. Canon 100-400 IS, Sigma 120-400, 150-500 and 50-500 are all possibilities... They cost more new than your budget, but perhaps you can find used.

With any of these lenses it's very useful to have image stabilization... But that can add cost. Some lenses listed above have it, but others don't. The three Sigmas are now available as OS lenses, but were originally sold without it. The 70-200 mentioned doesn't have IS, there's one that does but it is more expensive.

60D is a nice camera, but if it leaves you more money for lenses, you might consider T2i (550D) or T3i (600D).


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Jun 14, 2011 11:21 |  #6

Save up a little more $$ and get the 100-400. I use it on my T3i, it's very versatile w/ plenty of reach.


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Jun 14, 2011 11:35 |  #7

If you are on a smaller budget and want to shoot wildlife, you might consider going with an Olympus rather than Canon. They have a 2x crop factor for more reach and in body IS which keeps the lens cost down. You also mention primarily shooting in the day, so the fact that Canon performs better at ISO 3200+ should not be a factor. With the 2x crop factor, the $400 Zuiko 70-300 is the same zoom range as a 100-400 on a Canon body. The 60D+100-400L is likely a little higher end setup, but at a lot higher price and weight.


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Jun 14, 2011 13:15 |  #8

I would recommend a EF-S 55-250mm MARK II if you are on a Budget. There also good third party lenses that can give you good results on a budget.


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Jun 14, 2011 13:50 |  #9

Buff_GUY wrote in post #12592478 (external link)
I would recommend a EF-S 55-250mm MARK II if you are on a Budget. There also good third party lenses that can give you good results on a budget.

A better choice would be the Mark I version, same thing, less money.


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Jun 14, 2011 14:14 |  #10

every once in awhile a non-os bigma comes up. friend of mine picked one up just a few weeks ago for $800


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Jun 14, 2011 14:22 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #11

The Tokina 80-400 in the latest version is a real gem that I use travelling when I don't want to stand out with my big white glass. I've seen some great prices pop up every so often on this forum. I owned a 100-400L and sold it preferring this compact tank. Outstanding IQ, color and sharpness with the same aperture range as the 100-400L. Won't sub for the 2.8 stuff with 1.4x which are the most versatile combinations I own, but well beyond your budget.


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Jun 14, 2011 14:36 |  #12

I am in Kenya, and shoot wildlife in the outdoors, in the daytime.

So, what are you using now?

Unfortunately, shooting wildlife requires a long lens. I wouldn't buy anything shorter than 400mm, with 500 - 600mm being more desirable. I don't think your budget will allow that.

Several years ago, I had an XT and a Bigma (50-500). There were times I use a 2x converter with it to reach the birds on an island with nothing but water in between us. That was all manual focus.

I guess it depends on how serious you are about wildlife photography. To get good results, you must have good equipment.

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Jun 14, 2011 15:01 |  #13

The Sigma 50-500 is decent if you're okay shooting at f/8 or so, but for wildlife yeah; a good long lens is required and there are not many shortcuts.


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Jun 15, 2011 03:07 |  #14

Right now I'm using a bridge camera, Pany FZ38. You can see my pics here:

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I have also been looking at used Sigma 150-500 or Tokina 80-400.

I'm a beginner, so dont want to spend big money on equipment.


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Jun 15, 2011 04:21 |  #15

ahendarman wrote in post #12590950 (external link)
Your option within your budget
EF-S 55-250
EF 70-200 f/4 non IS w/1.4x
EF 70-300 IS

Out of those, I would choose EF-S 55-250
Ideally you'll want 100-400, but it's $1K+

Wow, I've just seen this Ef 70-200 refurb for a decent price. Can I add a teleconverter to it?


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