5 Best Lenses for Wildlife Photography

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  1. Canon’s original EF 100-400mm

Canon’s original EF 100-400mm zoom was something of a classic, but wasn’t to everybody’s taste, especially in regard to its trombone-style push-pull zoom mechanism. The second edition of the lens has a more typical twist-action zoom ring and a host of upgrades. These include a refined optical path with fluorite and Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) elements and high-tech Air Sphere coating. There’s a more effective, triple-mode image stabilizer and the Mark II also gains weather-seals and fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements. It’s a very good lens but rather expensive for a 100-400mm, and lacks the outright telephoto reach of more recent 150-600mm independent designs.

  1. Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM

    As we’ve touched on, Canon’s EF 100-400mm zoom has been an incredibly popular lens for Canon DSLR shooters, so it’s no surprise to see something arrive for the brand’s EOS R range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Canon felt that it would be hard to improve on the image quality of the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM so opted to extend the focal range even further with the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM. Extending the focal length gives it even more reach, though the trade-off is a pretty modest maximum aperture of f/7.1 at the long end. That said, pair it with the EOS R5 or R6 and the combined image stabilisation delivers up to 6 stops compensation (5 stops on the EOS R or RP). Focusing is very swift on Canon’s two new mirrorless cameras, but could be quicker on the R and RP. Combined with Canon’s legendary L-series build quality and stunning optical performance, it’s up there with the very best Canon zoom lenses we’ve tested.

  2. Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM

    The Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM (and the Canon RF 800mm f/11 IS STM (opens in new tab)) is designed for EOS R-series mirrorless cameras and offers a very different experience to a typical prime telephoto lens. Sporting a clever retractable design, this lens collapses down to 200mm. Using DO (Diffractive Optics) and a relatively narrow f/11 fixed aperture rating, it’s also pretty light at 930g. A fixed f/11 aperture isn’t quite as limiting as it might first appear as thanks to the Dual Pixel AF sensor-based autofocus systems of EOS R-series cameras. Image quality is impressive, while the size of the lens makes it excellent for handheld shooting and, overall, it’s a great choice for bird photography. You might find some nz casinos implementing this camera for their live casino gaming.

  3. Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

    Compared with Sigma and Tamron 150-600mm zooms for Nikon cameras, this own-brand competitor comes up slightly short in maximum reach. Even so, the difference isn’t particularly noticeable in practical terms and the Nikon lens has the advantage of a constant-aperture design, so f/5.6 remains available throughout the zoom range, rather than dropping to f/6.3 at the long end. Fancy features include a dual-mode, 4.5-stop VR (Vibration System) system and an electromagnetically controlled diaphragm for adjusting the aperture. As in the Sigma and Tamron lenses, this enables more consistency in rapid-fire exposures but, with older Nikon bodies, you’ll only be able to shoot at the widest aperture. Autofocus is fast and image quality is impressive in all respects, making this lens great value for an own-brand Nikon.

  4. Nikon 600mm f/4E FL ED VR AF-S

The Nikon 600mm f/4E FL ED VR is one of the company’s longest focal length lenses available, and with a price tag that’s nudging five figures, its squarely aimed at the professional sports and wildlife photographer. This latest generation optic is significantly lighter than its predecessor thanks to the Flourite lens elements used. This has seen a weight saving of some 25%, though it still tips the scales at an arm-wobbling 3,810g. This is a lens you’ll want to partner with a sturdy monopod for long periods of shooting. Optical quality is first-rate as you’d expect for a high end Nikon prime, while the autofocus performance doesn’t disappoint either. A stunning lens if you can justify the price.

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