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  1. #1
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    new 2 nikon and love my nikon D5000

    Hi,
    I want to know what lens should i use in wildlife photography.


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    Re: new 2 nikon and love my nikon D5000

    Welcome to the forum!

    To answer your question properly, I'd have to know what your budget is for a lens. To be quite honest, it's going to be pretty expensive - I have the Nikkor-Zoom 70-200mm f/2.8 IF-ED VR lens with a 2x TCII teleconverter, making the lens effectively a 400mm @ f/5.6, and it's not necessarily enough for some wildlife.
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  3. #3
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    Re: new 2 nikon and love my nikon D5000

    Hi,
    i do have nikkor 80mm-400mm lens.This lens will do for wildlife photos.

  4. #4
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    Re: new 2 nikon and love my nikon D5000

    Hello, satisheswar;
    I met a couple of pros from the New Orleans area who swear by the 80-400 for water birds and other marsh life. The only drawback is that it doesn't take a Nikon AFS teleconverter, but this didn't bother those guys. I use a 300mm f4 with a TC14 for birds, but that is only 20mm longer, and no zoom. I think what you have is probably a good place to start.

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    Re: new 2 nikon and love my nikon D5000

    Hi Satisheswar and welcome to the Nikonites Community. Eoi is correct. Serious wildlife shooting takes a serious budget. I took a look at your Gallery. Good photos. And you'er right, some of the animals you are shooting takes a looong lens. Some of these jungle critters can be very dangerous. You ain't shooting butterflies. What is that, (what looks like a bull), intently staring at you from behind a tree. I don't think I would want to meet that thing coming around a corner. I really like the elephant shot. My thoughts on it and suggestion, some judicious cropping down to a vertical format to eliminate a lot of the surrounding jungle would make it outstanding. Keep'em coming. Would like to see more of these.

    Happy shooting,
    Joseph

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    Re: new 2 nikon and love my nikon D5000

    On a budget you could look at either the 70-300 VR or the new 55-300 VR zoom lens. They will not reach out as far as the 400+ lenses but remember a DX format camera such as the D5K acts like a lens with a 1.5X increase. So that 300 acts like a 450 comparing it to an FX camera body. You can also crop and blow up the images to gain some zoom appearance as well. Unless you are shooting birds and small animals, you might be happy with one of these 300mm alternatives.
    Mark

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    Re: new 2 nikon and love my nikon D5000

    Welcome Satisheswar to Nikonites, great shots you've been taking! Hope you make Nikonites your photography home.
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