General Bird Photography
Which is a better lens for bird photography, the Canon EF 400mm F/5.6L or the 300mm F/4.0L IS (Image Stabilizer)?
If you want a lens primarily to photograph birds in flight, the 400mm f/5.6 is better by far than either the 300mm IS alone or the 300 IS with a 1.4X tele-converter.
Several factors make the EF 400 far superior to the EF 300mm IS for flight shooting.
If you want an everyday bird photography lens, the EF 400mm f/5.6L lens is still the better choice (unless you absolutely refuse to use a tripod). Why? For bird photography, the general rule is to choose a longer, slower lens over a faster, shorter one.
But (and this is a very big "but"), if you want a highly versatile intermediate telephoto lens that can be handheld at relatively slow shutter speeds, can be used from a boat without a tripod, is superb for sports photography, makes (with the addition of an extension tube or two) a superb macro lens that offers lots of working distance, is fabulous for shooting tame birds and other wildlife, is a great safari lens, and, is a good lens for photographing birds in flight and in action, then the Canon 300 f/4.0L IS lens might well be perfect for you.
[ Birds As Art Home ]