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which lens for whale watching in Gaspe, quebec with nikon

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which lens for whale watching in Gaspe, quebec with nikon

I am going to go for gaspe, and wonder which tele lens I need to bring for whale watching cruise from Forrrilion natinal park. can you suggest, 70-200 or 80-400 ( both will be rentals for same price) ? I am using Z6 camera but has FTZ adapter.
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Jul 13, 2009
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80-400mm. More reach is always good, but be prepared to not see any lol. Whale watching is really hit or miss, but at least with long reach you'll get a lot of birds.
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I remember when i went whale watching in Victoria, BC. I had a 70-200 with me. Definitely needed something longer. This was on a sony a7ii, so full frame as well.

I would suggest the 80-400mm as well.
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Longer lens will be better. 70-200 won't really cut it unless you're almost on top of the whale (or very close at least) which is very unlikely.
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Jun 15, 2015
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I don't have this kind of experience, but I saw online classes they use 100-400mm, so generally, I think longer is better.
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Jan 27, 2006
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Generally, longer is better as whale watching boats are restricted in how close they can get to a whale.

I would not get the 80-400mm however. I would see if you can rent Nikon's newer 200-500mm which by all accounts is an excellent lens.
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Nov 21, 2006
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200-500mm would be better but it's on the heavy side and it might restrict your movement in the boat.
I would take 80-400mm and if the reach is not enough, switch to DX crop mode and you will get 600mm.
Also I would recommend getting a rain cover to protect the camera and lens from splashes and mist.

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