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When you grap your camera and head out for a quick walk what lens do you usually have attached.

When I'm not taking my gear pack I usually use a 18-135 nikor zoom

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It really does make a difference on where I'm heading, but generally these days it's the 100-400L. I do have an 18-105 I use if I'm walking through people, etc.

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It's either the Nikkor 300mm F/2.8 or the Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D AF lens (this lens also has a macro mode of 1:2 real life size). I generally have both of these along for the ride.

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I live in a city so I don't walking in one doesn't hold a lot of fasination for me. Anything I would call a walk would have to be in the woods.

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I'd say you are in good shape with a zoom lens of at least up to 300mm. It will give you the versatlity if something comes along that's fairly close, or if something like a unique bird is spotted at a bit more of a distance. For me, it's my 100-400mm.

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The lens I would preffer to carry would is my Signa 50-500 but its so heave (over 5lbs) its hard to hand hold and get acceptable results. You have to use a tripod or monopod. It is my favorite when working from the blind.

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In the woods, my Canon 30D and Canon 400 f5.6L with monopod is slung over my shoulder, and a backup body is ready in my bag with the Canon 70-200 f2.8L. When I REALLY need to be ready for anything, the 70-200 on the second body is around my neck and the 400 over my shoulder.

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