02-22-2023 10:41 AM - last edited on 02-22-2023 02:52 PM by Danny
Hello, my wife and I are new to photography, and we have a Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera. We would like to shoot some close-up shots of birds and other wildlife, what would be the best auto zoom lens to purchase for beginners like us?
02-22-2023 10:49 AM
What do you mean by "auto zoom"? For a lens to automatically zoom? That won't be the case. A zoom lens must be adjusted manually to amount of zoom (focal length) it would be set to.
02-22-2023 02:56 PM
Ricky, Thanks for the reply. I meant auto focus. Sorry about that. Am still learning... I will look at those suggestions... thanks again
02-22-2023 11:06 AM - edited 02-22-2023 11:11 AM
I am curious why you are using the term “Auto Zoom”. I suspect you might be looking at buying a used lens. Back in the 1960s, zoom lenses and auto exposure were still new, and lens manufactures loved to print “Auto Zoom” as advertising the latest technology.
Don’t buy a used lens that says “Auto Zoom” on it. It means it is on old manual focus film camera lens from the 1960s, and will be near impossible to use on a modern camera.
Here is an example of a 1960s 80-200mm “Auto Zoom”. If you try to use it on a modern camera, there will be absolutely nothing “Auto” about it.
02-22-2023 02:59 PM
Mike, thanks. I meant and should have typed auto focus. that was my fault. I am still learning.. 😊. I appreciate the advice on the auto zoom. I apparently have a lot to learn....
02-22-2023 01:04 PM
Close-ups of birds are very difficult, they're typically small and a long way away. If you've moved from a 'superzoom' fixed lens camera to your DSLR, you might be disappointed. To get reasonably close to birds (that aren't in cages) you'll need patience, practice, skill, as well as a long telephoto lens and these don't come cheap. The Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 is probably your entry point. Note this isn't actually a zoom lens, it's a fixed focal length telephoto. If you do want a zoom lens, you might get some success with the Canon EF 70-300mm lens, there are several versions of it, mostly very good value. You will quickly discover, however, that most bird photographers are using lenses of 500mm and upwards. They need deep pockets and big biceps...
02-22-2023 02:45 PM - edited 02-22-2023 02:58 PM
2 very popular lenses for birding on a Rebel are the Sigma or Tamron 150~600mm. The mount designation will be "Canon EF". For your own knowledge, your camera will accept lenses with EF or EF-S mounts.
These lenses are both about $1K new, and $750 or so used in good condition. A 300mm lens may not get you close enough without being super distracting or scaring your subject "bird".
As Ricky and Mike pointed out, these lenses need to be manually adjusted (how far or near) your subject appears. The focus (sharpness) can be done for you by the camera, or by you manually if you wish.
This is not the case with a fully manual "auto-zoom" lens. (Thanks to Mike) for mentioning.
Bay Area - CA
~R5 C (126.96.36.199) ~RF Trinity, ~RF 100~400, ~RF 100~500, +RF 1.4x TC, +Canon Control Ring~6D2 (v1.1.1) Retired ~EF Trinity, others ~DxO PhotoLab Elite ~Windows10/11 Pro ~EVGA RTX 3080Ti FTW3 Ultra ~ImageClass MF644Cdw ~Pixel6 ~CarePaks Are Worth It
02-23-2023 11:15 AM
Rick, appreciate the help and the recommendations. We will look into a Sigma or Tamron 150mm - 600mm lens and go from there. Thanks!
02-23-2023 12:09 PM
I have a T7 and bought the Sigma 150-600mm for nature and bird photos. It has proven to be a good investment.
We are always learning.
02-23-2023 12:22 PM
Awesome! Thanks John. I appreciate the feedback. I agree, we are always learning!
05/18/2023: New firmware updates are available.
EOS Rebel T100 - Version 1.1.0
EOS 5D Mark IV - Version 1.4.0
EOS 6D Mark II - Version 1.2.0
PowerShot Elph 360HS - Version 188.8.131.52
PowerShot SX420 IS - Version 184.108.40.206
PowerShot 620 HS - Version 220.127.116.11
PowerShot SX720 HS - Version 18.104.22.168
PowerShot G1X Mark III - Version 22.214.171.124
PowerShot G7X Mark II - Version 126.96.36.199
PowerShot G9X Mark II - Version 188.8.131.52
04/20/2023: New firmware version 1.4.1 is available for EOS R3
03/30/2023: New firmware updates are available.
EOS 1DX Mark III- Version 1.7.1
Speedlite EL-1 - Version 1.0.2
03/30/2023: Product Advisory for EF50 F1.2 L USM
03/30/2023: Product Advisory for EOS R10
2/07/2023: New product announcements!EOS R8 EOS R50RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STMRF24-50mm F4.5-6.3 IS STMRF15-30mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM
Canon U.S.A Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is prohibited.