gldiana wrote:If you are interested in wildlife photography, a lens that is a must and you cannot simply do without is the Canon 100-400 L IS. Excellent quality and for its price of about $1300 you are below your spending limit and go home with an amazing piece of glass that all pro wildlife photographers have (and I know a few). Couple that with a 1.4X converter and you have a 140-560mm effective (add to that the 1.6 crop factor of your XT and you have an actual 224-900mm) without losing the autofocus.
You could add the 2X (which I have an love) but with that lens you'd lose the autofocus.
Hope this helps!
dculp wrote:I appreciate all of the feedback. My only fear with the 100 - 400 is with the lens being a f/5.6 at max zoom, it may not be fast enough at low light. As you know, it rains basically every day in Alaska and I anticipate having to do some low light shooting.
Is this a realistic fear on this lens with these conditions?
Bonish Photo wrote:Bob, I had to look at that picture really close because at first I busted out laughing thinking that was a male hummingbird and it was holding on the the branch with it's 3rd leg also
Then after looking close, I noticed it was a piece of the branch...LOL
Great shot, and although I dont have the 100-400, I have heard it's one heck of a lens.
I'm a bit late on this one, but I felt I had to put in my oppinion. I shoot a lot with a Tokina fixed 400/5.6, and have had little problems in Alaska with low light, especialy in summer. The 100-400 is an incredible lens and would be a steal at the going price. The other lens I would take is a wide fast lens. I use a Sigma 18-50/2.8 which is very nice for the price.
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