4 Must-have Lenses for Wildlife Photography

“You see this photo? That’s the one-horned rhino, or the great Indian rhinoceros. It was at the verge of extinction when I shot this at the Kaziranga. The beast was in its empire, roaming around with a quest. You could see them only on Google now. They’re gone!”

This could be one of the conversations wildlife photographer would have in a not so distant future. Wildlife photography is a niche apart and wildlife photographers, we feel, belong to a distinct clan, who get their hands dirty to get that perfect shots. Some of the picturesque wonders that we as common men could never get to experience are shown to us by their efforts and dedication. Wildlife photography requires a different class of efforts and skills that set them apart from the rest. If you’re aspiring to be a wildlife photographer, you need to have the patience, perseverance and the right lenses.


This is one of the most basic lenses you need in your inventory of wildlife photography lenses. Since wildlife photography involves a lot of wear and tear and the requirement to capture creatures from small indigenous insects to birds and animals, this is the perfect lens for you to start your photography journey. This gives you a good chance to capture animals from a distance. Though they don’t feature fast apertures, the 70–300mm are good lenses to start off with.

80–400mm Long Telephotos

A wildlife photographer is in the animal’s dynasty. He or she is the visitor and the beasts have all the liberty to be mobile. That’s why you need a long telephoto lens that will make it easier for you to capture animals on the move. The length allows you to quickly change focal lengths and zoom & track moving animals with ease. With sharper image output and faster autofocus, this is the next level lens you should have if you’re into photowalks and animal-spotting expeditions.

300mm Primes

When your subject is static and you require the background of it to be blurred, intending to capture a bird or an animal at its prime beauty, the 300mm primes are the best lenses you’ll need. They offer you larger apertures than the lenses mentioned previously, making it one of the most popular lenses amongst enthusiastic wildlife photographers. Sony, Nikon and Sigma offer good options in 300mm primes.


For the pro wildlife photographers, who go the extra mile to get the shot they’d visualized, the 600mm is the lens that touches the sweetspot between close-to-perfect light gathering abilities and high focal lengths. The lenses are generally heavy and require you to get a tripod for clear, stable photographs. Go for it if you’re very serious about your photography ambitions because the quality of the output it offers is unparallel.

Lenses are your best companions when it comes to wildlife photography. They help you capture moments and instances with such finesse that will pass on as your photography legacy.

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Originally published at photatoindia.wordpress.com on May 25, 2017.