Can I even afford a wildlife lens

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Raw photographer, May 15, 2019.

  1. RVT1K

    RVT1K No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2019
    Messages:
    254
    Likes Received:
    178
    Location:
    Near Albany, NY
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    You've gotten some good advice here.

    I would just add keeping a close watch on Craigslist in your area. I've had very good experiences and found some amazing bargains. And keep on the lookout for estate sales in your area as well, there's a good chance the sellers may not know full values.

    You can always save money by going with a third-party lens. I have a Tamron 300/f2.8 and a 2x tele-converter that I found on Craigslist and works great.

    My experience with eBay is mixed. I bought my Nikon 70-200/f2.8 and it went very well. When I bought a used D3, the seller lied about the shutter count.


     
  2. Dao

    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    Messages:
    6,339
    Likes Received:
    440
    Location:
    St. Louis
    I purchased a used Tamron fast standard zoom lens with VR earlier this year from mpb.com via ebay and ran into compatibility issue with my 6D mk2 (known issue with the early batch after searching online) after using it for couple month. Since the lens came with 6 months warranty, so mpb gave me full refund with prepaid shipping to send the lens back.

    With that experience, I will buy stuff from mpb again. (which I did, just got a Sigma f/2 full frame zoom lens from them about a month ago)
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. smoke665

    smoke665 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2016
    Messages:
    9,605
    Likes Received:
    4,233
    Location:
    Alabama
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I've looked at the lens rental route and found it equally expensive. IE just checked a site, a Canon 600mm f/4 IS II, rents for $494 for 8 days plus shipping both ways. Found a used one online at $3900. So the rental is going to cost you roughly 15% (or more depending on what you find to buy). Buying a good quality lens new/used will have residual value if you decide to sell it. Plus with a rental you have limited time to use it - What if it's raining the whole 8 days? Not saying rental is out the picture, just saying you need to consider your costs carefully.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Braineack

    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2013
    Messages:
    12,467
    Likes Received:
    5,040
    Location:
    NoVA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    KEH, adorama, B&H, mbp -- there's a ton of reputable used photo equipment sites out there.

    I haven't found KEH to ever have what I'm looking for, for a realistic price. I've had tons of good luck with adorama used stuffs.
     
  5. Raw photographer

    Raw photographer No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    235
    Likes Received:
    89
    Location:
    Carleton Place Ontario
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks guys. I am wondering if my main lens is a not so great one should I be getting a better shorter lens like a 18-135mm or something instead of buying a super telephoto. Because without my neighbors lens I really got nothing besides my 18-55mm. I don't know, what would you do if all you had was a kit lens.
     
  6. RVT1K

    RVT1K No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2019
    Messages:
    254
    Likes Received:
    178
    Location:
    Near Albany, NY
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    A good, short lens will not help with nature photography unless its big, wide landscape shots that you want.

    There are pretty much three options with nature photography:
    Pay for reach
    Improve sneaking skills and get closer
    Accept what you have

    But if you well and truly believe that the equipment is holding you back, bust the lock off the wallet.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 2
  7. Soocom1

    Soocom1 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2006
    Messages:
    1,001
    Likes Received:
    189
    Location:
    Southwest US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    My experience has been to go large on the lens.
    I understand and suffer from the disease myself.. you know lackofundsitus.

    But if you can pull it together, I would suggest something along the lines of the 35-350 or 28-300 USM. they are LARGE and heavy lenses, but they will shoot wildlife on an amazing level.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Raw photographer

    Raw photographer No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    235
    Likes Received:
    89
    Location:
    Carleton Place Ontario
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks I will look into that.
     
  9. SquarePeg

    SquarePeg hear me roar Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    8,336
    Likes Received:
    5,378
    Location:
    Boston
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I have bought and sold gear on the Nikon USA Buy/Swap/Sell Facebook page. Good deals and just read the feedback thread and stalk the person on Facebook to make sure they are legit. I'm sure there is a similar page for Canon/Canada.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Raw photographer

    Raw photographer No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    235
    Likes Received:
    89
    Location:
    Carleton Place Ontario
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks.
     
  11. DGMPhotography

    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Messages:
    3,095
    Likes Received:
    704
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I've bought probably at least half my gear from Ebay, and haven't had a bad experience yet. Just use reputable sellers. 99-100% positive feedback, at least 1000+ ratings is usually pretty trustworthy.

    I bought the Tamron 150-600 G2 lens for wildlife, and although I haven't gotten to use it much yet, I could tell from my limited tests that it's really gonna step my game up!
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  12. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Top Poster Of Month

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    43,266
    Likes Received:
    16,487
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit


    99-100% positive feedback, at least 1000+ ratings is usually pretty trustworthy.


    A seller like that would be _exceptionally good_, IMO.

    Ken Rockwell has an article about,"how to win at eBay". I have not read it, but have seen him refer to it multiple times for probably close to 10 years.

    I have bought probably 25 times from eBay, and have sold a few items(lenses mainly) from $300 to $2,000 on eBay
     
    • Like Like x 1

Share This Page