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D.Hayden   

I finally bought a Digital SLR - a Nikon 7000. Came with a 18-200mm lens, which is great for most things

But, being an easy drive in Yellowstone National Park, I'd like to get a higher magnification lens for it, hopefully without breaking the bank, to get better shots of wildlife - usually not moving quickly, so F-stop speed isn't critical, and I can use a tripod most of the time

There's a Tamron 200-500 that gets decent reviews for around $900

Any other suggestions, etc?

If it matters, I'll be using this in winter as well..

Thanks, Dave

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03k64   

Have you thought about a teleconverter? You'll lose a couple of stops but it's a cheap way to add some reach to your lens. You might also want to rent something if it's for a one time photo session or if you want to try out a lens before spending the big bucks.

http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/nikon/lenses/supertelephoto/nikon-80-400mm-f4.5-5.6-ed-af-vr

http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/nikon/lenses/telephoto/sigma-50-500mm-f4.5-6.3-hsm-os-for-nikon

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D.Hayden   

I live so close to Yellowstone - this is a common thing for me.. definetly buying..

I'll have to check out the converters.. thanks for the idea!

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OzzieF   

Just an FYI

With converters it will usually slow the auto focus quite a bit.

Im not sure about Nikon, but with Canon the converters only work with certain lenses.

It will also only keep AF with the higher end bodies.

example : With a Canon 60D(prosumer body) you can not autofocus with a 400 F/5.6 and 1.4x converter, but you can if you use a 1D(pro body)series camera.

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D.Hayden   

Seems like they work with the 7000.. there's people saying they dont work with 3100s and a few others - thanks for the tip

Still looking at lenses... either a fixed 400-500 or a large zoom

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Essentially what it boils down to for autofocus is that the AF sensors require a certain level of brightness to be able to differentiate between two contrasting tones....

How much brightness the AF sensor sees is dependent on the "effective maximum aperture" of the lens -- that would be your lowest f/stop number, i.e. 2.8 or 4 or 5.6.

Adding a converter will take away one or two effective F-stops, so a f/2.8 lens with a 1.4x converter attached becomes an effective f/4.0 lens, and with a 2x attached it becomes an effective f/5.6

So, for this to work, you need a match between body, lens and converter....

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JKSNIPER   

The converter may also disable/affect the image stabilization feature of the original lens.

But only if you don't add the extra jiggawatts of power....then you'll be ok. :)

JK

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-JQ-   

I think sigma has it going on with large zooms right now...I guess you are over the sticker shock of large primes?

lens rental is a pretty good option just to confirm the focal lengths/features you want prior to buying. Not sure about Nikon stuff but Canon primes at 400 or 500mm can $4000+ used - and don't forget a monopod.

<just reread OP not wanting to break bank>

You will need faster glass (lower f-stop) than you expect unless the animals are all always standing in the open with full sun.

check out www.fredmiranda.com and look in the buy/sell section for really good deals on used equip too

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D.Hayden   

http://www.bhphotovi..._5_6_DG_OS.html

not super fast but not bad and quite a range for a crop sensor camera

I was looking at that one too.. and the larger Sigma 150-500 - for $70 more

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/549256-REG/Sigma_737306_150_500mm_f_5_6_3_DG_OS.html

Yellowstone may be unique.. Animals don't hide much.. full sun is more the norm.

And with the snow on the ground.. lots and lots of light.. I'll have to practice with that a bit (but just use snow scene mode until I figure it out)

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-JQ-   

Take this 24 hour free training session from Kelby training. Their videos are very informative and cover all aspects of photography including some specific bodies (i think the 7000) covered.

They also have classes for the very experienced as well. I watch them quite a bit as there is always something to learn...or alt way to try. And for $200/year you can watch as much as you can stand as often as you like. Best $200 I've spent ever...

http://kelbytraining.com/online/freetrial

Then you won't have to use any scene modes. FWIW, I usually shoot everything in Av mode - KISS. It really isn't that hard and you'll get better pics because the camera's brain doesn't know what you really want to show and how.

Also you have to post pics when you get back with the new lens.

..not associated with kelby just happy customer...

150-500 would be cool for sure :cheers:

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OzzieF   

Dave,

For which ever lens you get, I'd recommend a circular polarizer.

Shooting outside especially with snow and water it will help with reducing unwanted glare.

It will also help giving skies and clouds alot better contrast and pop in the picture.

Also look into a monopod instead of a tripod for subjects that will move. Plus alot easier to setup and faster to get ready for certain situations.

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D.Hayden   

Following up..

Any recommendations for Circular Polarizers? A little sticker shock when I see they're over $110 for a 86mm lens

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norbs007   

B+W Kaesemann Circular and don't look back... unless you want to spend a little more and go with a Heliopan.

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OzzieF   

For outdoor stuff, I never take off my Circ Pol. Worth it!

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Edited by OzzieF

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D.Hayden   

B+W Kaesemann Circular and don't look back... unless you want to spend a little more and go with a Heliopan.

LOL! Norbert you're killing me! That one's $570 in 86mm (at least at Amazon - i think they're wacked out)

At BH.. more reasonable

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Circular+Sizes_86mm&Ntt=B%2BW+Kaesemann+Circular&N=4294955262

So.. another newbie question.. which one of the 4?

Ozzie - very nice El Cap picture

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