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    What is the minimum decent range (Zoom Lense) to shoot birds in order to fill the frame in places like sungei buloh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chatswood
    What is the minimum decent range (Zoom Lense) to shoot birds in order to fill the frame in places like sungei buloh?

    400mm at least I think plus a tripod... u could do with less if u can somehow get closer without scaring off the birds?

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    Perhaps the Sigma 50-500mm or the Canon 100-400mm.. If not enough then Canon 1200mm ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by majere2sg
    If not enough then Canon 1200mm ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_jason
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    Seriously though, his answer does hit the point rather succintly...you need the longest lens you can afford. Of course not the 1200mm lar. Even if you can afford one you will break your back just carrying it around.

    To fill the frame, lets say if you are shooting birds, ideally you need at least 500mm or more. The Sigma 50-500 looks like a decent choice. 100-400 L ok lar....but still a bit too short for birds. Else, if u got the moolah, maybe go for the behemoth Sigma 300-800mm instead?

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    I actually tot that with 300mm should enough already
    How much it cost for those 500mm zoom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by juste_millieu

    I actually tot that with 300mm should enough already
    How much it cost for those 500mm zoom?
    All primes here, no zoom,
    300mm f/2.8, close to S$7k?
    400mm f/2.8 close to S$15-17k?
    500mm f/4 close to S$10k?
    600mm f/4 close to S$15k?

    Brand, either Nxxxx or Cxxxx listed above.

    And frankly speaking, 300mm is not enough.

    Even 600mm with 2x TC still...

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    depend on what bird also mah. if hummingbird, 1200mm also no enough but for heron, 500mm would be quite ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpenza
    depend on what bird also mah. if hummingbird, 1200mm also no enough but for heron, 500mm would be quite ok.
    some birds 35mm also enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by juste_millieu

    I actually tot that with 300mm should enough already
    How much it cost for those 500mm zoom?
    The sigma 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 is around $1.6k to $1.8k depending on where and how you enquire the price.
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    Well perhaps to compromise get a 400mm plus a 2xTC lor.... sacrifice some f-stops and DOF and bokeh lor... that's my thinking at the moment.... a Kenko might be good enough? Unless u like Canon's own TC lor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zodnm
    some birds 35mm also enough
    what kindof bird would that be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ordinaryless
    what kindof bird would that be?
    Bird people aka niao ren!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamGoi
    Bird people aka niao ren!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ordinaryless
    what kindof bird would that be?
    Big Bird!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheatchu79
    Big Bird!

    This one need ultra wide angle liaoz...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TME
    This one need ultra wide angle liaoz...
    No need! 35mm can do ultra close-up mah! Maybe can even see the nostril!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamGoi
    Bird people aka niao ren!
    i was thinking of something else...haha..oh well, nvm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpenza
    depend on what bird also mah. if hummingbird, 1200mm also no enough but for heron, 500mm would be quite ok.
    I was trying to shoot a heron with a cp5700 fitted with a 2x tele (~560mm) from the viewing deck. heron cannot even fill half the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonfire
    I was trying to shoot a heron with a cp5700 fitted with a 2x tele (~560mm) from the viewing deck. heron cannot even fill half the frame.
    What kinda of 2x teleconvertor are you using ? Some like vitacon stated 2x but it is actually not even larger than 1.7x..
    Besides.. if using a 500mm lens on a non-full frame DSLR.. it will be 800mm
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