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    Hi seniors,

    I am planning to make a trip down to the Bird Park for some bird shoots...
    I am wondering what shld I bring along and the lenses that I may need..

    I currently own these lenses

    EF-S 18-55mm kit
    EF 75 - 300 mm USM
    EF 100mm Macro USM

    My previous experience in the zoo told me that I need an IS zoom lens, without the need to deploy tripod. The time of deployment had cost me numerous interesting moments and handheld the mediocre 75-300mm only shows me blur and soft photos, which accounted 90% of all the pictures I took.

    So this time round I may borrow from friends or rent 1 good zoom lens for the bird park trip...
    So any recommendations? I was considering the 70-200mm IS and 100 -400mm IS... or any other good recommendations?

    Thanks a lot !

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    EF 100-400mm with Monopod or Tripod

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    2nd the 100-400 or 70-200 with TC
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    you are going to the bird park, so you are going to shoot the birds most of the time. definitely you'll gonna need the zoom lens. if you experience from blurry images from the handheld shots, then it's obvious you need assistance on this.

    borrow those lens with IS if you can afford it. otherwise, your 75-300mm with a monopod/tripod should suffice. you need to practice and control your breathing moments before pressing that shutter. pre focus at the spot where you anticipate to shoot that 'precious moments'. I don't need the VR/IS/VC personally as I would stay there more than half the day to shoot.

    there's an enclosed aviary where the birds(lorikeet/cockatoo) will literally fly towards you where tourists/visitors feed them. take your time and enjoy shooting
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    I would recommend 70-200mm IS.
    Visitors are able to get quite close to the birds at JBP. These are birds in captivity, not wildlife.
    I recently went to JBP, and 200mm on a crop body is good enough for me. FF users may consider 100-400mm or 70-200 with TC

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiddyduck View Post
    Hi seniors,

    I am planning to make a trip down to the Bird Park for some bird shoots...
    I am wondering what shld I bring along and the lenses that I may need..

    I currently own these lenses

    EF-S 18-55mm kit
    EF 75 - 300 mm USM
    EF 100mm Macro USM

    My previous experience in the zoo told me that I need an IS zoom lens, without the need to deploy tripod. The time of deployment had cost me numerous interesting moments and handheld the mediocre 75-300mm only shows me blur and soft photos, which accounted 90% of all the pictures I took.

    So this time round I may borrow from friends or rent 1 good zoom lens for the bird park trip...
    So any recommendations? I was considering the 70-200mm IS and 100 -400mm IS... or any other good recommendations?
    Thanks a lot !
    Try 500mm f4L IS USM or 600mm f4L IS USM

    Jokes aside,I was at the bird park yesterday.Best is bring your 18-55 and 75-300.No point bringing 100mm

    Don't ask me why bring kit lens.There is a man-made waterfall in JBP and you'll need the wide angle for that.Other than the waterfall,use your 75-300

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    bring the macro lens just for the Lory Loft


    Last edited by ortega; 4th May 2010 at 01:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleonbus View Post
    Try 500mm f4L IS USM or 600mm f4L IS USM

    Jokes aside,I was at the bird park yesterday.Best is bring your 18-55 and 75-300.No point bringing 100mm

    Don't ask me why bring kit lens.There is a man-made waterfall in JBP and you'll need the wide angle for that.Other than the waterfall,use your 75-300
    Haha... Carrying those torpedoes around JBP enough liao.. no need to bring anything else...


    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    bring the macro lens just for the Lory Loft

    Yeah, thinking of bringing the 100mm so going to substitute that 75-300mm for a better zoom lens

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    First, serious birders shoot from 600mm and longer. But at the park a 400mm will do.
    BUT the 100-400L is not a lens for a beginner. You need a lot of practice to get it right. Shoot at least one full stop from its max aperture. Bring a monopod at least. OR use a good tripod. A lot of the cages are dark and shaded.

    So - if you can borrow - alternatively get hold of 300mm f4 IS and a 135L f2. Bring a teleconverter to lengthen the reach if necessary.

    Otherwise you will be shooting over ISO1000 with the 100-400L.

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    300mm with crop sensor is good enough to have full frame shots.

    Taken sometime back using 300mmf/4




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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    300mm with crop sensor is good enough to have full frame shots.

    Taken sometime back using 300mmf/4



    very nice shots especially the green/blue bird

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    bring the macro lens just for the Lory Loft


    HEY i TOOK THE SAME BIRD!!!
    Last edited by leowyien; 5th May 2010 at 09:46 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leowyien View Post
    HEY i TOOK THE SAME BIRD!!!
    I took the same bird too, only with my friend in the frame also.

    TS: What were you shooting when you got the "blur" photos? Maybe your shutter speed was too long? I don't know. The last time I went to the Bird Park was with a 58mm and 105mm manual focus primes. Wasn't interested in sniping birds in a park...

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    I stumbled upon a cheaper alternative 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM...

    is it good enough to reduce camera shake at 300mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiddyduck View Post
    I stumbled upon a cheaper alternative 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM...

    is it good enough to reduce camera shake at 300mm?
    Don't quite understand your question but if you are shooting at 300mm,your shutter speed has gotta be above 1/300.ie 1/320 or 1/500

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