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Gary Irwin wrote:
If you're just "testing the waters" with bird photography, your D300 and old 80-400VR would do "OK" for static shots, but pretty well useless for BIF. If you decide to dive into the birding hobby in a meaningful way you'll be upgrading the D300 to a D7100 (or better yet the D400 if it ever arrives) and a lens that will get you BEYOND 500mm w/TC. Neither the 300/4+TC nor new 80-400G is long enough for serious birding, so spending money on those combos in the interim is a waste of money IMO.
Erm... a birding hobby requires a lens beyond 500mm? Everything else is a waste of money?
You might want to tell the tons and tons of people who make do with ~500mm lenses from the various manufacturers, including Nikon's 80-400, both the 300mm primes, Sigma's 80-400 and 50-500, etc.
In some respects, you're right - you never have enough reach when you're shooting birds. But thousands of people are getting great photos out of ~500mm lenses (especially with the DX crop factored in), even serious hobbyists, and it's a pretty big leap to say "a $1500 lens is a waste of money, this hobby absolutely requires a $7000 lens." I just think there's a little room for moderation there - you can do a lot more than "test the waters" with 500mm worth of focal length