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  1. #1
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    Lens for Birds in Flight

    What would the best lens be to photograph Birds in Flight to go with a D850. I would like to spend under 2000. Apparently I am learning that the Nikon 80-400 focuses too slowly to on the moving target to get clear clean results with regularity.

    How fast a shutter speed is required to get it right?

    Thank you so much!


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    Re: Lens for Birds in Flight

    your price range says a tamron 150-600, sigma 60-600 or the nikon 200-500, SS 1600 and above, also check the nikon 300 f4?
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    Re: Lens for Birds in Flight

    As Roy said for lenses and for shutter speed,if you go for a zoom go for the longest you can manage you can always zoom back a bit if its too long anytime.
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    Re: Lens for Birds in Flight

    I highly recommend the Sigma 150-600C. I own one and it is great. Well within your budget and you could even afford a good 1.4 teleconverter if you want extra reach. If you browse this site your will see that the Tamron 150-600 seems to have too many issues for my taste. For a little more money you could also consider the Nikon 200-500.
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    Re: Lens for Birds in Flight

    Lens for Birds in Flight
    You mention the 80-400, i think 400 may be a bit short on FX but if thats what you want i found the Sigma 100-400 to be very fast focusing on the D500, a couple of sample images.

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  6. #6
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    Re: Lens for Birds in Flight

    We own the 80-400, and have an older Sigma 150-600. I think I will have to expand my price range and suck it up on a Nikon 500mm Prime, used. I bit the bullet on the D850 so, I guess I am all in now... LOL

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    Re: Lens for Birds in Flight

    Quote Originally Posted by floridafan View Post
    We own the 80-400, and have an older Sigma 150-600. I think I will have to expand my price range and suck it up on a Nikon 500mm Prime, used. I bit the bullet on the D850 so, I guess I am all in now... LOL
    Good idea, the main things to consider after price are weight, and fixed focal length, if your ok with those it would take some beating.
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    Re: Lens for Birds in Flight

    The new Nikon 500mm PF might be just what you're looking for! Around $3,600 USD soon to be released...
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    Re: Lens for Birds in Flight

    Quote Originally Posted by floridafan View Post
    What would the best lens be to photograph Birds in Flight to go with a D850. I would like to spend under 2000. Apparently I am learning that the Nikon 80-400 focuses too slowly to on the moving target to get clear clean results with regularity.

    How fast a shutter speed is required to get it right?

    Thank you so much!
    This may sound like a crazy idea at first , but hear me out.

    With a 2000.00 dollar budget, I would pick up a Nikon 200-500 mm F/5.6 lens and attach it to a refurb D7200. (It might run a few hundred over your budget, but it will be close)
    Now you have a nice reach (500mm with a crop camera will give you close to 750mm if you had it on your D850)

    Plus, now you also have a spare camera if something should go wrong with your D850 and need to send it out for repairs. It might be worth at least thinking about.

    As far as shutterspeeds go for BIF , the faster you can get away with the better. I try not to get below 1600 if I can help it.
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    Re: Lens for Birds in Flight

    I think this is the route I am going to go!





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