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The 70-200 F2.8L IS II works fine with a 2.0x teleconverter. That's my standard birding and critter lens these days. It's sharper than a 300F4+1.4x (my previous go to lens), and MUCH sharper than a canon 100-400 @ 400mm (my initial birding len). All are acceptable, the 70-200+2.0x is incredibly sharp and I'm really impressed with that lens combo. I use that ...


Sometimes you get lucky, but in general, wildlife photography takes time. I expect your foxes are also active during part of the day, which would make things much easier. Spend the time to learn their habits, and if possible, for them to get used to you. Even so, you're still probably going to see foxes at a distance and for short periods at a time. This ...


"Cheapest" is easy to answer: the Rokinon 500mm f/8.0 (also sold under the Samyang or Walimex brands), and for a beginner, it might even be the best, to gain experience more than to make great photos, because it's really not a good lens at all (is anyone surprised, at a $200 price point?): horribly slow, manual focus, comparatively low optical quality. But ...


Good question. As with any wildlife photography, knowing your subject is key. If you're seeing foxes at night, I'd start by recording some observations - Where and when. Foxes are territorial and will usually range over the same area unless some outside influence causes that to change (more on that later). If you're seeing a fox at roughly the same time ...


City-foxes in my neighborhood come to as close as four meters distance before they notice me, if I stand still. They watch me, size me up for threat analysis, and after a moment they just slip away. They don't make any sound at all. I've had a dog in leash with me when a city-fox came to five meters distance. My dog did not notice it, even though it is of a ...


As far as lenses go, the EF 400mm f/5.6L is slightly sharper at the center than the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II paired with the EF 2X III at f/5.6. Center sharpness is pretty much the same at f/6.3 and up. Edge sharpness is another matter. Both are extremely good at this focal length, but the 400mm f/5.6 is clearly sharper at the edges. Where the 70-200/2X ...


In that price range if you want a great ~400mm lens you want the 400 f5.6L, your other options compromise focusing speed and image quality giving you a 'good enough' ~400mm lens. Yes you can put the 1.4x or 2.x teleconverter on the 70-200 f2.8L IS or 300mm f4L IS but in comparison to the 400 f5.6L you're going to be making a dramatic sacrifice of focusing ...

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