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Re: Birding On a tight budget - should I buy less now or wait to buy right?

 "There are worse things you could have taken up.  It could have been golf !"

 

Funny you should say that, my dad and brother are both avid golfers but the gene was not passed on to me. My brother even manages 12 golf stores in Florida. I really have no excuse. lol

 

Karen

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Re: Birding On a tight budget - should I buy less now or wait to buy right?

"I really have no excuse."

 

Yes you do.  Photography, don't let them try to steer you to the dark side.  Resist it by buying cameras and lenses! Smiley Very Happy  We'er here for you.

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Re: Birding On a tight budget - should I buy less now or wait to buy right?

What do you think of the 18-135mm USM Lens? I am seeing a lot of kits T7i, 77D and even 80D being sold with them instead of the 15-55 and 55-250 or 70-300.

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"What do you think of the 18-135mm USM Lens?"

 

Well it is not a bad snapshot lens.  A general purpose, general use all around lens.  However, it is not a bird or wildlife lens.  Any lens that has a FL of less than 300mm is going to be a real challenge to shoot birds with.  If you want it to start and you also get one of the 150-600 super zooms, I'm all in for you.

 

Keep in mind most birds are small to tiny.  They tend to remain small and tiny in your photos.  This has two solutions.  One is get closer to the bird or, two, get a long FL lens.  One that is greater than 300mm.

 

But let's say you don't want to shoot birds and your love is elephants ! A 135mm lens just might be the ticket as long as you can stay away from getting trampled.

 

You get the 'picture'? Smiley Happy  Big animal needs less FL.  Tiny animal needs long FL.

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Re: Birding On a tight budget - should I buy less now or wait to buy right?

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Makes perfect sense. Smiley Happy We have a lot of humming birds that come to our feeders so I definitely want to capture them. I won't be able to afford that 150-600 lens right off the bat but wondered if I should go for the 18-135 if that is all that is available to me in store (NFM) at the moment, which is where I am making this initial purchase. Right now in my price range they have a Canon 77D with a 18-135 USM lens and a T7i with an 18-55 lens. I can order the 55-250 but that seems a waste given what you mention about 300 mm as the lowest level zoom I will need. So I think I will forgo that lens and save up for the 100-600. So that leaves these two initial packages to choose from.

 

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Re: Birding On a tight budget - should I buy less now or wait to buy right?

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Actually, I just found they do have a EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens in stock as well for $200, which is doable if I buy the T7i but not if I buy the D77. 

 

I realize these lenses are probably very inferior to what I really need. I am just trying to get started with what I can afford right now.

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I see the Rebel T7i with the 18-55mm for $750 or with the 18-135mm for $1050.  IMHO, I would go for the 18-55mm and put the saved $300 bucks toward one of the 150-600 super zooms.  The refurb store had an 80D with the 18-55mm for $950. Or, they had a T6i with the 18-135mm for $750.  You might want to snoop around there to see what they have on sale.

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Re: Birding On a tight budget - should I buy less now or wait to buy right?

Ok, Thanks so much!

 

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"...EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens...I realize these lenses are probably very inferior to what I really need."

 

IMHO, I would not buy it. It is not a good lens and you will quickly outgrow it. You will be buying the same thing virtually twice.  Save that $200 towards the real deal 150-600mm zoom.

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Re: Birding On a tight budget - should I buy less now or wait to buy right?

Ok, will do!! So you seem to be steering me clear of the D77 altogether. Your advice would be to stick with the T7i and go for the 18-55 and save my pennies for the real deal 150-600 lens....

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