Wildlife photography is quite challenging and demands a lot of aspects from a lens. Wildlife photography can commence from a small creature like a lady bug to an enormous creature like a Loin or an elephant.
Long focal length is the most important element that must be incorporated in your camera. Lenses for wildlife photography typically have a long focal length of 70mm upwards.
The most useful lenses for wildlife photography would be the ones with a long focal length and in order to shoot wildlife successfully you will also require a fast shutter speed in order to avoid camera shake and to freeze the motion, this will automatically require a higher ISO sensitivity.
In this round up we have a list of the best lenses for wildlife photography of 2017.
70-300mm – the entry level telephoto
This focal length covers a distinct range of animals from shooting a small bird to capturing a large animal. In spite of this plus point they also have a downside they are not suitable enough as they are not equipped with a fast aperture. They do not have a sharp image quality and give an only reasonable blur of backgrounds when shot wide open.
Entry level lenses for wildlife photography may have certain drawbacks but they do allow photographers to capture the shot which is the most important element anyway.
|Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM||$1,249.00|
|Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS||$699.00|
|Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED||$496.95|
|Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R||$199.00|
|Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 Asph Power OIS||$368.95|
|Pentax 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR DA||$249.35|
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
For moving objects these are by far one of the best lenses for wildlife photography. As a wildlife photographer you might encounter some moving animals that require a certain range of lens to shoot them. Telephoto lens may not be that sharp but they still manage to outcast a lot of disadvantages. They have a maximum apertures of f/4-5.6. They cost a little more than entry level lens but they produce far better images and have a better autofocus.
Long tele Options
|Canon EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6L IS II USM||$2,199.00|
|HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW||$1,809.19|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR||$2,296.95|
|Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 Mega OIS||$534.76|
|Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S||$1,799.00|
|Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II||$2,198.00|
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Wildlife photography demands static and close images. A fast prime lens is a perfect option for people who are moving to a pro level in photography. The sharpness of prime lenses is mesmerizing and better than entry level or telephoto lens.
Prime lenses are considered the best lenses for wildlife photography and they do give an incredibly wonderful out of focus backgrounds when shot wide open.
The choice of focal length however might depend on how far the subject is, prime lenses have become one of the best lenses for wildlife photography and has been chosen by various pro wild life photographers. They can be coupled with a 1.4 to give a magnified focal length but it can reduce image quality and drastically decrease the sharpness of the image.
|Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM||
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 G ED VR II||
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR||
|Pentax SMC DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM||
|Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM||
|Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II||