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Low-cost wildlife lens... 70-300 vs 80-400 vs...?

sfocata

Epsom, UK
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sfocata Registered since 24th Mar 2013
Fri 10-May-13 11:08 PM

Just musing idly here...

I've spent most of my recent D7000 time learning about wildlife (specifically feathered) photography, using a Nikkor 70-300. Specifically small birds in my garden, so with judicious cropping in Lightroom I'm getting the sort of results I want. I have a plan to get at least a couple of "keeper" shots for each of the birds that visit our garden throughout the changing seasons.

However...

I wonder about upgrading to the 80-400mm... the logic being that I can still shoot at 300mm, but without being at the extreme end of its range. And obviously, having that extra push to 400mm is bound to come in useful.

But then, in a similar price range (I'm looking at used prices from a reputable dealer) there's the Sigma 150-500mm. But that seems a LOT of lens for the money... a step backward in image quality?

Grateful for any comments, especially if anyone has used all three!

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