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    Default Looking for Birdshoot lens

    I own a 70-300mm lens which I find it too short for any birdshoot activity
    was thinking of some cheaper alternative like add a 1.4x or 2x to this 70-300
    sigma lens, anyone have experience with that? some picture posting?

    How much is a 300mmL cost? or 50-500?

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    300 2.8 IS $8k or thereabouts i think 2.5kg
    300 4 IS $2.2k~~ 1.2 kg
    50-500 SG $1.7k++~~ .. HK(SGD$1.4k++~~) (not sure) 1.7kg if i rem correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainman
    I own a 70-300mm lens which I find it too short for any birdshoot activity
    was thinking of some cheaper alternative like add a 1.4x or 2x to this 70-300
    sigma lens, anyone have experience with that? some picture posting?

    How much is a 300mmL cost? or 50-500?
    100-400mm IS is around $2.6+k
    300mm IS f4 L is around $2.3+k,
    400mm F5.6L is around $2.1+k,
    50-500mm SIGMA around $1.6-1.8k
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    Ah! A bird fan! The bad news is, unless you are willing to shell out a lot of $$$ for super-exotic glass you will be:

    1. Pushing the ISO
    2. Shooting static birds (unfortunately, birds like resting in the shade!)
    3. Shooting moving birds in bright sunlight

    Did you say you have a 70-300? If this is a Canon lens, don't you mean 75-300/4.5-5.6? These come in three versions - vanilla, with USM on top, and with USM+IS and cherries on top. The 70-300 is the 4.5-5.6 DO IS (new and very expensive!).

    1.4x and 2x extenders are usually not recommended, and would physically not fit your lens. Even if you get a Tamron (which will fit) you will lose autofocus, because the effective aperture is greater than F/5.6.

    Cheapest high quality solution is to get either a 400/5.6L or a 300/4L IS + 1.4x TC. As sequitur and majere have said, the 100-400IS and the Sigma 50-500 are also alternatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfibius
    Ah! A bird fan! The bad news is, unless you are willing to shell out a lot of $$$ for super-exotic glass you will be:

    1. Pushing the ISO
    2. Shooting static birds (unfortunately, birds like resting in the shade!)
    3. Shooting moving birds in bright sunlight

    Did you say you have a 70-300? If this is a Canon lens, don't you mean 75-300/4.5-5.6? These come in three versions - vanilla, with USM on top, and with USM+IS and cherries on top. The 70-300 is the 4.5-5.6 DO IS (new and very expensive!).

    1.4x and 2x extenders are usually not recommended, and would physically not fit your lens. Even if you get a Tamron (which will fit) you will lose autofocus, because the effective aperture is greater than F/5.6.

    Cheapest high quality solution is to get either a 400/5.6L or a 300/4L IS + 1.4x TC. As sequitur and majere have said, the 100-400IS and the Sigma 50-500 are also alternatives.
    dude if you read properly, his signature says it's a sigma lens

    anyway if going to singapore bird park, a 300mm at f/8 and a speedlight is more than sufficient.

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