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Bird Photography Tips — Best Lenses for Bird Photography (preview)

©Ethan Meleg Palm warbler Settings: ƒ5.6@1/250 sec., ISO 400, Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 800mm f/5.6 lens. For small songbirds, big magnification greatly helps to make frame-filling photos.

©Ethan Meleg
Palm warbler
Settings: ƒ5.6@1/250 sec., ISO 400, Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 800mm f/5.6 lens. For small songbirds, big magnification greatly helps to make frame-filling photos.

Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg

One of the great challenges of bird photography is getting the bird large enough in the frame to make a decent image. Why? In general, birds are small and difficult to get near. There are plenty of techniques for getting closer and making frame-filling images, which I’ll share in future columns, but I wanted to start with a basic one — using a powerful lens to magnify the bird.

Choosing a suitable lens for bird photography is a fundamental decision that will influence your ability to consistently create technically and artistically strong images. In the 20 years since I bought my first bird lens, I’ve had a chance to shoot …

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