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| p.3 #7 · Lens recommendation 400mm+ for birding |
Quick question: I want to start doing more birding photography. The longest lens I currently own is the 300 f/4 AF-S. Obviously a lot of times I find myself wanting more reach. Is there any reasonably priced way to get 400mm? I don't have the budget for the 400 f/2.8 unfortunately. And I'm a few dollars short from the new 800 f/5.6
Anywho, back on track. Besides adding a TC to the 300 I already have, are there any good quality 400+ primes, from 3rd party manufactures I might have over looked, that won't break the bank? I'd really like to not go over $1500-$2000 as birding is a rare hobby I have.
Within that range ($1500-$2000) there are not too many Nikon telephoto lenses that you can buy. You may need to consider third party lenses (like the new SIGMA 50-500mm OS) or old Nikon telephotos that will not be served by Nikon since they don't have many parts for lenses than are older than the AFS 400 f/2.8 II. And even a AFS 400 f/2.8 II sells for $4500-$5000 (that would be a fair price).