What’s old is my new F4; 300 mm lens. Meaning, I bought a used lens. In fact all of my cameras and lenses were bought used/factory refurbished except for my D7100 body. I buy used from reputable sites and make sure the gear comes with a 90-day or 6-month warranty. That way, I’m not taking chances.
My goal in purchasing this new lens was to make it easier to catch wildlife at preserves and get through the cages at the zoo. For such limited use, I didn’t want to spend $1,900. Spending $380. was a much better option.
I haven’t tested the new lens at a wildlife preserve, but I did take it to the Sacramento Zoo. It performed well mounted on my monopod. As long as the animal was not right up front, it was easy to focus beyond the cage and onto the animal.
So far, I’m happy. The only problem with a fixed lens of 300 mm is that you’re stuck with the focal length unless you keep switching lenses or carry two cameras. I didn’t want to do either, so you’ll see many close ups! This next week, I’ll try to test it at the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area. If it performs well, then I’ll be totally happy.
Another day brought Marlene and I back to the zoo after one of our Tuesday outings. This time I only had my 18 – 140 mm lens–the opposite problem of carrying a prime telephoto! I’ll show you images from both visits in this post.
And yes, I bought the 18 – 140 mm as a factory refurbished lens and have been totally happy with this versatile walk around lens.
The snow leopard was close to the cage, but I was able to get her without the cage interfering.
She was really close this time making for a severe crop to remove the cage from the picture.
I would like to think this is a roar, but she was just yawning.
The lion finally decided to pose.
While his mate just relaxed.
This was the most difficult cage to shoot through. Bird cages are thicker that other cages and this guy was more towards the front.
Orangutan close up!
I couldn’t get all the zebra in the shot.
Now I’m shooting with the 18 – 140 mm lens on a different day. Since I usually use a long lens at the zoo, it was a treat to get the entire flamingo in the shot.
These are the Red River Hogs’ hogletts.
You can see how tiny they are in comparison to their parent.
I could also get the giraffes in full action.
This hungry guy was born with a bum hip.
So, he’s been fitted with a special shoe and receives meds and a special diet.
He does like his food. He wouldn’t have survived in the wild.
Here’s Rocket the new baby giraffe. He’s not old enough to be with the others. He and his mom stay behind this fence in what the zoo calls the quiet area. This is where a telephoto lens would have come in handy!