Lens upgrade recommendations please?

  • In reply to Goldfincher:

    Goldfincher said:
    I really appreciate all of your responses. Would I be better of getting the cheaper 55-250mm STM and learning how to best use my camera and process my images than parting with a substantial amount of money whilst I’m still at a very basic level?

    I think your are spot on there.

    It all depends what you want to do. I love taking photos of birds & get reasonable results from a 70/300 zoom. I also love butterflies & insects & again it's not too bad. I also carry bins because I like looking at birds too. So if I go out for an amble around the lanes I have bins & camera to hand at a moments notice. In the summer I may have my macro lens for better insect photos. When that was being repaired I went back to my trusty old 18/200 lens which was a good substitute.

    I certainly wouldn't want to go straight from an 18/55 to 400 prime lens. Go for a zoom & play around for while & see what you want to do most.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to James:

    That would be great James. If you can PM me I can give you the address and send you the money for P&P via bank transfer?

    I am in Canvey, Essex
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  • Looks good to me Jim. Would be much appreciated
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  • In reply to Goldfincher:

    You have seen the picture already but here it is again on the net it was dull when I took this so had to up the ISO to 3200 and I cropped it just a little just to frame it, you can see it was taken at 400mm and the shutter was only 1/600 sec for a none IS lens its not turned out to bad but I like to have a fast speed to freeze the subject I would have liked to have had 1/1000 sec but that would  have meant  upping the ISO and this camera would have given a lot of noise so left it at that anyway here is the picture again.


    File Name IMG_3077.CR2
    File Size 33.2MB
    Camera Model Canon EOS 77D
    Firmware Firmware Version 1.0.2
    Shooting Date/Time 20/02/2019 12:21:10
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    Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
    Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/640
    Av(Aperture Value) 6.3
    Metering Mode Spot Metering
    AE lock ON
    Exposure Compensation 0
    ISO Speed 3200
    Auto ISO Speed OFF
    Lens 100-400mm
    Focal Length 400.0mm


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  • Se pictures taken today on a tripod :) 





    50 % crop of the last one


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  • Goldfincher said:

    Hi all

    I haven't really done much (read: any) wildlife photography but, as you might have guessed, have a big interest in birds. Well I picked up my old(ish) camera from my parents house at the weekend that I haven't used in a long time and went to Thurrock Thamside Nature reserve to see what kind of birds I could see and if I could get some decent pictures. The camera I have is a Canon EOS 1200D DSLR, the lens I am using is a standard EF-S 18-55mm f/3 4-5.6 III. 

    Being a relative novice when it comes to using a camera the pictures I took, whilst framed ok, offered little in terms of sharpness of the main object. I am guessing that this is because of the a. the distance I was from the subjects (mainly tits, finches) and the lack of focal length with this lens. Does that sound right? 

    I would really like to learn more about the camera I have and how to get the best from it, so I will be looking to do that. But I think I will probably need a new lens to assist with the quality of my photographs. Can anyone recommend some lenses that would work with this camera. I'm probably looking at around the £300 mark, second hand. Anything cheaper, great - how would the EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 is STM Lens stack up at around £100 second hand?



    As a former Canon 1200D user, I used Canon's own 75-300 lens for some considerable time, successfully. However, it did struggle in poor light conditions where very often the subject would have a purple/blue tinge around the edge. Apart from that, I was more than satisfied with the lens, and I still use it with my 750D.

    I posed a similar question around December 2017 but I was looking to go bigger, and I had quite a few recommendations for the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary lens, which I bought, new.

    Yes, it was a lot more £'s than a 75-300, but I'm very impressed with the results and the addition of an optical stabiliser makes one heck of a difference, especially as I'm disabled and struggle with balance when not using a tripod.

    I appreciate costs can be and are a primary factor, so I did a quick search found a few used from respectable camera shops, but with Nikon fit, for around £460.


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  • Jim kindly sent me a lens which I picked up from the post office today. Caught this little guy in the tree in our front garden. One of dozens that lives in there by day

    Thanks again Jim

  • Hi Lorri
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