Bill Henderson's picture

Lenses

Hi

I've got a d3100 with a 55-300mm zoom lens. Although new to photography, I've had the odd decent snap of visitors to my bird table which is only a few feet away. I want someting with a longer throw.

From what I can gather from visiting hides,600mm seems popular. However, at a cost of thousands of pounds are way out of my league. I've now read that the Sigma 150-500mm might be a "relativley cheap" alternative.

Advice needed please.

Bill

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DavidHowdon's picture

Sigma 150-500

I used the Sigma 150-500 (on a Canon EOS450D) and it is a pretty decent lens for the price. You can get better of course (if you are prepared to pay thousands of pounds) but this one should allow good results.

You can get pretty decent results with it if the bird is near (see http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/14768 and http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/271598 for a couple of examples I took) and even more distant stuff can produce adequate records shorts (e.g. http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/265384)

One possible thing is that generally Nikon and Canon lenses keep their second hand value longer than other makes. If you are the sort of person who likes to upgrade lenses it might be worth paying a bit more for a Nikon/Canon lens as in the long run it could be cheaper.

Bill Henderson's picture

re Sigma 150-500

David

Thanks for the advice; I think that I'll get one soon. I've been looking at prices and the best I can find is about £630 which is still a lot of money to me. However, now that I have the bus pass I might manage to save that on petrol :-)

I'm never going to be a position where I would be able to sell photos and so spending thousands is out of the question.

Thanks again

Bill

Bill Henderson

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re re Sigma 150-500

David

Lens now on order. I can't wait.

Thanks again for your advice.

Bill

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DavidHowdon's picture

Costs

There is of course the old observation that one of the health benefits of having photography as a hobby is that at least you will not have enough spare money left to develop a drug addiction.