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Good Budget Bird Lens

CBURT

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CBURT Registered since 28th Nov 2007
Mon 28-Jan-08 05:57 PM

Hello All Nikonians,

I am a relatively new DSLR - D80 owner and have become an avid outdoor photographer - namely I love to photograph birds.

I live in South Florida and it is absolutely amazing how many places there are to photograph all kinds of birds. I can't seem to get enough of it!!

That being said, I currently have a 55-200 VR lens and it does not have the range I need on most outings. I do like the lens and do not want to part with it as it does a nice job and I can find many uses for it.

I shoot mostly hand held as I walk all the nature trails etc.. I do have a monopod and tripod but as of yet don't use them much yet.

Remembering that I am new to the field and already have a substantial investment in the last 6 months, I am looking for recommendations for a longer budget lens in the 500 to 1500 price range.

I have considerd the 80 - 300 VR, but don't think it's going to give me the extra bang for my buck at only 100mm further than what I have. The 80-400 VR seems to get less than stellar reviews for speed and sharpness. I am lookin at new or used or maybe even a recommendation for a lens with a TC.

Soory to ramble, but can any of you more experienced Nikonians lend me some advice???

Thanks,

Chip

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