Lens for Jurong Bird Park


illumnae

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Hi all, I've recently thinned out my dry cabinet and am now left with just 2 lenses that I use regularly. Plan is to build up the collection again with better quality lenses, but all I have now to use on my Canon 70D are the Tamron 150-600 and Canon 100mm macro. I'll be making a trip to the bird park this weekend, and am seeking advice for the best lens or lenses to bring along. In addition to the birds in the enclosures, I'm hoping to be able to get some BIF shots, perhaps from the Birds of Prey show. Would my Tamron 150-600 be good to bring or is it too long? Is it necessary to rent a normal telephoto lens instead (e.g. 70-200 f4)? My target subjects are birds only, so I won't need a wide angle or portrait lens to take pictures of people or group shots.
 

rhino123

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Hi all, I've recently thinned out my dry cabinet and am now left with just 2 lenses that I use regularly. Plan is to build up the collection again with better quality lenses, but all I have now to use on my Canon 70D are the Tamron 150-600 and Canon 100mm macro. I'll be making a trip to the bird park this weekend, and am seeking advice for the best lens or lenses to bring along. In addition to the birds in the enclosures, I'm hoping to be able to get some BIF shots, perhaps from the Birds of Prey show. Would my Tamron 150-600 be good to bring or is it too long? Is it necessary to rent a normal telephoto lens instead (e.g. 70-200 f4)? My target subjects are birds only, so I won't need a wide angle or portrait lens to take pictures of people or group shots.
For Jurong Bird park, I used 90% of my 70-200mm f4L lens. It is a fabulous lens, light and sharp... and small enough. Plus I can get pretty close to the bird, so I don't need anything too long range. I would suggest that you bring along a wide angle lens too (for me is the Tokina 12-24mm) for shooting of the waterfall.
 

daredevil123

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You have the tamron 150-600. That will be more than enough.
 

Blur Shadow

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Dude. You have a 150mm to a whopping 600mm focal length zoom lens.

You have both the reach and the immense ability to zoom in and out. I can't see why it is not adequate. Perhaps the focusing speed. But 150-600mm certainly covers it all.
 

illumnae

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Thank you for your feedback, my worry about the Tamron 150-600 wasn't that it isn't enough reach, but that it may be too long (i.e. missing the 70-150 range) in case enclosures are too close to each other and I have no room to step backwards. If the Tamron 150-600 is sufficient then that's great, I love using this lens :) I'll just look to perhaps renting a wide angle lens for the waterfall as recommended by bro rhino123 above.

Once again, thanks for your feedback! :)
 

Octarine

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Then get a 50mm (1.4 version since you aim for higher quality glass) for the shorter distances. Many of the birds are tame and don't need long lenses.
 

Turbonetics

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Hi all, I've recently thinned out my dry cabinet and am now left with just 2 lenses that I use regularly. Plan is to build up the collection again with better quality lenses, but all I have now to use on my Canon 70D are the Tamron 150-600 and Canon 100mm macro. I'll be making a trip to the bird park this weekend, and am seeking advice for the best lens or lenses to bring along. In addition to the birds in the enclosures, I'm hoping to be able to get some BIF shots, perhaps from the Birds of Prey show. Would my Tamron 150-600 be good to bring or is it too long? Is it necessary to rent a normal telephoto lens instead (e.g. 70-200 f4)? My target subjects are birds only, so I won't need a wide angle or portrait lens to take pictures of people or group shots.
If simply birds, your lens is good enough for most of the birds..though the birds there are confined,some of them are as challenging or harder to shoot than some wild birds..
 

fatbike

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Pls bring a tripod n some filters for long exposure, any idea how many mini water fall there are in the bird park?
Regretted not bringing them...
Anyway 150-600 mite not b right for those waters, BUT they r more den enough for the trip.
 

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