scope v zoom lens

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Subject: scope v zoom lens
From: "Nevil Lazarus" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 18:16:38 +1000

In my opinion your decision will depend on;
Is your primary objective that of bird observing or bird photography?
If the answer is photography, then there is only one way to go and that is
by acquiring the very best lens available.
For bird photography, image stabilisation is an absolute essential.
Is the lens you are considering the Canon 500 F4 image stabilised? - this
retails for US$5500 in the USA.  By using this lens with a 1.4 converter,
you will be achieving 1120mm lens, hand held, but do you really need such
Canon have 2 GREAT lenses, that are the ultimate for birding pics;
Either the 300 or the 400 2.8 lenses, provide IS, lots of light and coupled
to a 1.4 or 2 x converter, plenty but perfect magnification. Ie, with the
2x, and the 300D, you will achieve 960mm for the 300 lens, and 1280mm for
the 400 lens - the 2.8 enables a lot more light and hence faster speed.
Prices, in the USA -- 300 = US$3900 and the 400 = US$6500.

I used the 300 with a 2x converter extensively in South Africa early this
year - it is superb.

My experience with all the above, is that I have a Leica Televid APO 77 that
I never use, and will shortly be selling....

Best wishes,

Nevil Lazarus

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Sent: Thursday, 21 April 2005 5:52 PM
Subject: scope v zoom lens

hi again
i'm weighing up whether to invest in a scope but also intend to buy a 500mm
lens plus 1.4x converter for my Canon EOS 300d.
am i doubling up? will the camera gear do the same job as a 60x scope?
any pros or cons on the two greatly appreciated.
thanks in advance
shane b
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