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    hi guys

    i'll be going to the jurong bird park this weekend..

    would like to know which of these 2 lenses is a better choice on a 1.3x cropper..
    canon 70-200 f4L or tamron 200-400 f5.6?

    is 200mm long enough or will the birds be quite far away?
    cos i'm more concerned about the tamron's slower AF, softness n weight compared to the canon..

    what aperture size to use? and any other valuable tips/pointers?

    thanks alot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ac240v View Post
    hi guys

    i'll be going to the jurong bird park this weekend..

    would like to know which of these 2 lenses is a better choice on a 1.3x cropper..
    canon 70-200 f4L or tamron 200-400 f5.6?

    is 200mm long enough or will the birds be quite far away?
    cos i'm more concerned about the tamron's slower AF, softness n weight compared to the canon..

    what aperture size to use? and any other valuable tips/pointers?

    thanks alot!
    Basically a 70-200 f4L should be enough for JBP shots especially shooting in Waterfall aviary. During feeding time, you can get real close to those African birds.
    But again, no harm bringing your T200-400 along if the weight is not a problem. I was there last mth, but regret that didn't bring my 70-200 along as I shot all with my T200-500 lens. (http://meerkat128.multiply.com/photo...Bird_Park_2008)

    As for tip/pointer, for certain areas like Jewels jungle and Birds of southeast asia, I would suggest to up your ISO as there is not enough light in those area.

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    Default Re: birding lens help

    Quote Originally Posted by ac240v View Post
    hi guys

    i'll be going to the jurong bird park this weekend..

    would like to know which of these 2 lenses is a better choice on a 1.3x cropper..
    canon 70-200 f4L or tamron 200-400 f5.6?

    is 200mm long enough or will the birds be quite far away?
    cos i'm more concerned about the tamron's slower AF, softness n weight compared to the canon..

    what aperture size to use? and any other valuable tips/pointers?

    thanks alot!
    Just bring 70-200f4L will do, cos those birdies are quite close and in cage or nets mostly, I've been there some 3 wks ago. if possible take along the flash. You need it difinitely.


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    70-200 good enough last visit i went use 18-200 very closed to the bird



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    Thanks Meerkat, stanycjw and tanandrew..

    what aperture is good for shooting birds?
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    shoot wide open. Too much depth will distract your viewers from your subject; unless of course, the background complements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ac240v View Post
    Thanks Meerkat, stanycjw and tanandrew..

    what aperture is good for shooting birds?


    your welcome, you can try from F5.6 to f8 should able to get clear and shape picture
    Last edited by tanandrew; 16th January 2009 at 11:17 AM.
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    Thanks Andrew and Mendis

    Gonna sleep n hope for good weather tomorrow!
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    Was there a month ago and shot with only the 70-200mm. The birds are close enough but lighting can be low at some places. Do bring your tripod if possible.

    Shot with 70-200mm.
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