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How to choose camera lenses for bird photography

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How to choose camera lenses for bird photography
A Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeds at a firecracker plant. William Jobes took the photo in his yard with the Sony Alpha-1 camera and the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 lens, which hit the market in July 2020.

The joys of bird photography aren’t defined simply by capturing photos for social media and producing prints or online galleries. They also embrace travel to appealing destinations, as well as the pursuit of the cameras and lenses to achieve one’s artistic vision. 

Whether you’re a beginner wide-eyed with excitement or a seasoned hobbyist or pro, it’s a challenge to quell the notion that the lens you have at hand may not be the perfect tool for the image task lists of your imagination. Something as simple as seeing an exciting image in a magazine or on an online forum, or a new product review in print or on YouTube, can spark that nagging urge to replace your gear with that special lens you’re convinced will propel your work to the next level.

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William Jobes

William Jobes

William Jobes is a print and broadcast journalist from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, whose experience includes news and sports photojournalism, as well as reporting and editing on staff at several major daily newspapers. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Star, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and USA Today, among others.  He is the recipient of numerous journalism and photography awards and honors, including several Emmys. He has written several articles for BirdWatching, including Hotspots Near You in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

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