Bird Photography : Best Lenses For Beginners & Experienced Photographers
Bird Photography
November 22, 2019

Having the right lens is very important. It is even more crucial than having the right camera. Even after great research and reviews, many bird photographers fail to invest money in the right type of lens. 


So in this blog, we are going to help you out to find the best lenses in all budgets for bird photography. For beginners, and even experienced photographers. 


Here Are The Best Lenses For Bird Photography:


One pro tip that you must always remember, is to buy lenses produced by the same manufacturers as your camera. That combination is going to give you extreme clarity in focusing. Rather than combining two different manufacturers' products.


For Beginners:


Canon 100-400mm IS II Lens:


This is an excellent lens used by most of the canon bird photographers. It gives you fantastic lens quality, especially for close-up photography. A lot of professionals use it too. And their secondary lens. You can get this lens at Rs: 1,66,311/- 


Nikon 80-400mm VR Lens:


Similar to the Canon 100-400 IS II,  this Nikon lens is also used by professionals and their secondary lens. It delivers sharp and precise photographs. The quality of images is also commendable for the price you pay. This lens is pretty versatile. It will let you photograph under, landscape, wildlife, and bird at it once. It will cost you about Rs. 1,74,000/- 


Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 VR Lens:


This is probably the best lens that Nikon users have gotten by far. It's a truly fantastic lens with great performance and image quality. It comes with an excellent reach for bird photography and has a constant aperture along with VR. If you own a Nikon camera, then this lens is a must buy. It'll cost you around Rs. 90,000/- 


Best Affordable Lenses:


If you are an extreme beginner and still can't decide if you want to invest too much money in Bird photography, then there are multiple options for you as well. Like


  • You can buy old versions of lenses. 

  • Or you can buy second-hand lenses

  • Or here's a small list of affordable lenses for you. 


Canon 100-400mm IS lens:


This is probably the most widely used lens in the Canon section. The push-pull technology allows you to manage the zooming in and out easily. The sharpness is not great per se. But it will give you a good experience in managing the settings and operating the composition etc. 


Nikon 300mm f/4 VR Lens:


Again a good feature of this Nikon lens has to be it's VR capability. This 300mm is one of the sharpest lenses which makes it ideal for Bird photography.

If you are not willing to buy the high-end VR lenses, then this could be a good replacement, to begin with.


Canon 70-300mm IS Lens or Nikon 70-300mm VR Lens:


This lens is recommended only for those who don't yet have any kind of serious inclination towards bird photography. If you just want to have your hand in all the genres, then this lens will help you to start from a point. 


It is not a great lens, but to match your confusion it is still good. Also very light on your pocket. If you are even a bit serious about bird photography, the. I would suggest you get the Nikon 300mm OR Canon 100-400mm. 


For Experienced Photographers:


As you grow deeper into your bird photography and master your skills, you'll need a camera and lens which will help you to get the best out of your photography style. And that is a place you must not compromise in. So the more expertise you get, the deeper you have to dig your pocket and spend more money to get the best gears and types of equipment. To suit your professionalism, here are the must-have lenses in bird photography :


  1. Canon 600mm f/4L IS II lens  OR Nikon 600mm f/4 VR lens

  2. Canon 500mm f/4L IS lens OR Nikon 500m f/4 VR lens

  3. Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens OR Nikon 800mm f/5.6 VR lens

  4. Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II OR Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II Lens

  5. Canon 400mm f/2.8 OR Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Lens




Money is always going to be a concern to you. But all I would like to tell you is to take a step up. Believe in your passion and be committed. With experience, you'll learn more things, and to learn more things you must first get the gears right. 


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