I briefly cover lenses in my info-packed Master the Art and Craft of Bird Photography on-line class. ($10 discount code for blog readers is: rsbirds1.)
In this post, I'll talk a bit more about what I feel are best lenses for bird photography.
To digress for just a bit. Here's a photo of me, along with my friend Jonathan "The Big Cat Man" Scott, using that lens in Kenya. Jonathan loves that lens, too!
Another versatile lens is the Canon 100-400mm IS Lens. Most of my bird photographs, including the one above, were taken with that lens. If you have the original push-pull model, check out the updated version. The rotating zoom is awesome, and I think the lens is sharper than the original model.
For a general purpose fixed lens, check out the Canon 400MM DO lens, which I used to make the photograph above. When I go on a bird photography trip, I always have this lens with me. Again, I borrow it from Canon's CPS.
A must-have accessory is a Canon 1.4x teleconverter. I never leave home without it when birds are on my hit list.
Here's another shot taken with my Canon 100-400mm lens.
For environmental bird photographs, I recommend the Canon 24-105mm IS lens, which I used to take this photograph at Bosque del Apache, New Mexico.
I don't have any bird photographs taken with the Canon 70-300mm lens, but some say it's the sharpest zoom Canon offers. Above is a photograph that I took in Kenya that illustrates its sharpness.
Of course, 500mm and 600mm lenses are great for bird photography. They get you up-close and personal with the animals. Super-serious bird photographers use these super-telephoto lenses.
Again, you'll find lots of technical tips in my Master the Art and Craft of Bird Photography on-line class. ($10 discount code for blog readers is: rsbirds1.)
The $10 discount code for my Landscapes & Seascape class (on the same page) is: landscapes.
Birds will be the focus of my December 2015 Bosque del Apache photo workshop, listed on my 2015 Workshops page.
Explore the light,