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Nov 25, 2011 23:17 |  #1

How suitable is this lens for wildlife photography? Actual users are requested to opine with their 1/2 shots.




  
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Nov 26, 2011 11:38 |  #2

Very suitable, as long as 300mm is enough for you. If you go to the archives you will see that wildlife is a prime use for this lens.


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Nov 26, 2011 12:44 |  #3

Depends on the ambient you are going to shoot, under the canopy 5.6 is not enough
I use a 70-300 non-L and constantly I'm below 1/100, and always at maximum ISO.

Here is what I have with it, 99% with a 1.4x TC
http://www.flickr.com …is&w=95419048%4​0N00&s=rec (external link)

For open spaces it should be fine, but since you can afford the 70-300 L, I think the 300mm F4 IS would be better, or even the 100-400 5.6 if you are birding.


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Nov 26, 2011 15:43 |  #4

Techuser, these are nice shots so the 70-300 should be fine under these conditions. Using a camera that takes higher ISO will actually reduce the limitations related to aperture. My experience is also that the 70-300L has better IQ than the non-L version, including sharpness.


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Nov 26, 2011 16:25 |  #5

J R Mohan wrote in post #13452154 (external link)
How suitable is this lens for wildlife photography? Actual users are requested to opine with their 1/2 shots.

depends, 300mm often isn't a lot of reach
f/5.6 can be rough unless subject is in the sun (on the plus, it is sharp wide open across the entire range)

it's a very sharp zoom though, best 70-300 variable aperture ever made
AF about same speed at 70-20 f/4 IS




  
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Nov 26, 2011 20:35 as a reply to  @ wombatHorror's post |  #6

Thank you all for your views. I will help me a lot deciding about the lens.

Techuser : your photographs are amazing.

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