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Wildlife photography is one of the most exciting branches of photography. It requires the right temperament, a lot of patience, and the right kind of optics. Today, we shall be discussing the latter. Having a good lens that is suitable for shooting wild animals and birds will make sure you get beautiful, sharp, images. So let’s take a look at some of the best lenses available for wildlife photography.
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The Nikon 70-300mm lens is one of the most versatile zoom lenses available on the market. A range of 70-300mm means that the lens can be used comfortably to capture images of birds as well as wild animals. Though it is recommended that you use the lens with a tripod to reduce camera shake, the lens can be sporadically used without a tripod as well, thanks to its VR (Vibration Reduction) facility. The lens produces sharp images with adequately blurred backgrounds, thus resulting in images with good bokeh.
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The next lens on our list is the costly but excellent Nikon 70-200. This is another lens with multiple uses. Other than being the go to lens for wildlife photography, the lens works beautifully for portraits as well. The lens produces some of the sharpest images we’ve seen, thanks to its nano-coating and second generation VR technology. With its fast autofocus system and range, the lens is the ideal gadget for capturing quick moving animals and birds.
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In case you have a Canon camera, a great lens to have for wildlife photography is the 70-300mm. The long range makes it excellent for shooting birds and wild animals. At longer focal lengths, the added Image Stabilization feature comes into play, thus giving you detailed and sharp images.
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The Canon 500mm L lens is one of the more expensive lenses but it is worth every penny. It deservedly wears the ‘L’ tag, signifying great optics and matching build quality. With a focal length of 500mm, this super-zoom lens is ideal for wildlife shots where the animals are pretty far away. It is one the sharpest zoom lenses from Canon, while also being light for its range. We recommended that the lens be used with a tripod in spite of the added IS II feature.
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If you’re looking for an affordable zoom lens that is versatile, then this lens is one of your ideal options. Much cheaper than other zoom lenses, the Tamron 18-270 is a nifty little lens than can be used for wildlife photography, as well as regular shots. The lens is quite small for its range, hence easy to carry and convenient to use. It is fast as well as quiet, thus making it ideal for bird photography. The quite autofocus lets you capture birds without distracting them. If you are on a low budget but want to make the most of your passion, then this lens is for you.