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May 10, 2014 15:45 |  #1

Im getting fed up of shooting birds and lugging around a heavy lens, but im not sure what to look for next, any ideas for me please i wouldnt like to shoot people, what would a 300mm f/4 IS mainly be used for cheers...Ray:confused:


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May 10, 2014 15:54 |  #2

Go Macro .....


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May 10, 2014 15:57 |  #3

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Go Macro .....

That i dont fancy, i can get some decent close ups with the 18-200 but wouldnt really like a macro lens


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May 10, 2014 17:29 |  #4

get a fast prime. Anywhere from 35 - 100mm


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May 10, 2014 18:20 |  #5

Your lens is excellent for larger insects, reptiles, mammals, events etc if you want to broaden your horizons. I agree that a good bird photography setup gets heavy, mine weighs 50 lbs, but the 300 F4 weighs nothing which is why I miss the one I had!


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May 10, 2014 19:35 |  #6

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Im getting fed up of shooting birds and lugging around a heavy lens, but im not sure what to look for next, any ideas for me please i wouldnt like to shoot people, what would a 300mm f/4 IS mainly be used for cheers...Ray:confused:

Butterflies.

That lens is like a telephoto "macro" (but not real macro). You could get into real macro. Plant macro is wonderful and rewarding.

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May 11, 2014 03:09 |  #7

If i decided to take lanscapes, and the odd building or so what would be the best lens, around £700 to spend


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May 11, 2014 03:20 |  #8

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If i decided to take lanscapes, and the odd building or so what would be the best lens, around £700 to spend

Heya,

For your aps-c sensor, a Canon EF-S 10-22 would be an excellent lens to use here. It takes filters. Good flare control.

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May 11, 2014 14:02 |  #9

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If i decided to take lanscapes, and the odd building or so what would be the best lens, around £700 to spend

Depends on what you want! There is no such thing as an ideal landscape lens. A friend of mine was showing me some of his recent landscape work this afternoon, most were taken with his (used to be my) 600 F4 IS, some were taken with his 300 F4 IS and a couple with his 24-105 L - so it's difficult to make a specific recommendation.
Whist I wouldn't normally suggest a Super Tele for landscapes - he does some of his best work with it!
On a crop camera the Canon 17-55 F2.8 is well worth a look from what I read - but don't leave the long lens at home!


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May 12, 2014 10:59 |  #10

i'd give an SX50 HS a shot...
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May 12, 2014 11:09 |  #11

happyduck wrote in post #16895455 (external link)
Im getting fed up of shooting birds and lugging around a heavy lens, but im not sure what to look for next, any ideas for me please i wouldnt like to shoot people, what would a 300mm f/4 IS mainly be used for cheers...Ray:confused:

Daytime sports.


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May 12, 2014 13:24 |  #12

I thought most people posted threads asking: I want to do A, what is a good lens? Not the other way around: Lens B, what's it good for? Depending on the photographer and their style, I'll bet there are at least 40-50 subjects that any one lens is good for.


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May 13, 2014 01:18 |  #13

Gasrocks is right. You are only limited by your imagination.

When I get bored or stuck, I go around and photograph B+W with a prime. You start to look at light differently, and composition skills really gets sharp. Don't photograph shadow's, photograph Light.

Try that and you might not even spend a penny.
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May 13, 2014 01:42 |  #14

you have been using a Heavy lens for birds... How about a portrait ;-)a
(Only Brits will understand that !!!)


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May 13, 2014 11:11 |  #15

happyduck wrote in post #16895455 (external link)
Im getting fed up of shooting birds and lugging around a heavy lens, but im not sure what to look for next, any ideas for me please i wouldnt like to shoot people, what would a 300mm f/4 IS mainly be used for cheers...Ray:confused:

You said no people but Birds to Models is what I did.:)


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