Buying a new lens isn’t always straightforward as David Tipling recalls. Sometimes the best lens is the one you never properly consider
For many years I stayed immune and then around five years ago it came back, so strong that I had to take expensive medication: my ailment? Buying another lens. I had for many years survived with a 500mm f/4 lens, which is ideal for bird photography in most situations. But when sitting in my favourite hides at reserves on the north Norfolk coast, I found myself wishing for a little longer reach – those fighting Avocets or a Marsh Harrier over the reeds always seemed just out of reach for a decent image. At around this time a friend had bought a 300-800mm zoom. A big lens, but one I figured should be perfect for my needs. So I traded-in my 500mm and purchased the zoom.
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