I think my eyes are about to bleed from reading through all the posts on here about this subject. Starting to feel sick from the scrolling action to lol
I've sold my 70-200 2.8 mkii. I've taken a lot of stick for doing that over the last week but to put it simply it was too short for my new adventures in Wildlife photography. I couldn't afford to buy a 1.4x TC or a 2x tc so it had to go to be replaced with something longer.
A lot of people ask whats the best lens for wildlife, and the obvious answer is the longest for your budget. That's all very well. I think it's more of a case of what you shoot and what style you adopt to, your situation and opportunity.
I have bought myself a chair hide, not used it yet, but it was mainly for Kingfishers next spring. I'm more of a "if the opportunity arises" type wildlife photographer. I see a lot of wildlife out and about walking and in my car. I love Buzzards, Kestrels and all manner of birds of prey and we have no shortage of them in Scotland.
I see myself as mainly a walk about quietly and stalk, however even with the 200mm it was never close enough which results in a crop. I want to capture birds of prey in flight, and small birds (I'll use the hide for that) - I'll use the hide as much as I can. I also have a Slik Pro 700DX tripod too. A big sturdy heavy beast for use in the hide.
Options i'm considering in order of preference from what I've read so far.
1.Canon EF 300mm f/4 + 1.4x TC (£945 used)
2.Canon EF 400 f/5.6 (£849 used)
3.Canon EF 100-400 (£879 used)
4. Sigma 150-500 OS (£459 used)
I will admit openly that I've dabbled in wildlife photography. It is my passion and I want to take it more seriously. I am open minded and will do the research, however, there's nothing like experience in this game. Something I don't have yet or have the money to waste on poor purchases.
I'm not bothered about brand new lenses here. I batter mine about crawling about in the fields anyway so my budget is about £1000.
Hope I've covered the bases and hope I can make a sound decision because changing lenses about is actually more stressful than buying a car.