I'd be very grateful for some advice from wildlife photographers here.
I've never tried wildlife photography, or even used a long lens before. I want to shoot some waders at the edge of the sea soon after sunrise tomorrow morning. Today a friend has loaned me a lens and extender, but forgot to bring the tripod mount ring. He'll get that to me in a couple of days, but I want to go out and start learning how to take photos of sea birds as soon as I can, so I have a choice which I hope you can help me with.
When I go out tomorrow, should I take the Canon EF 70 – 200mm 1:2.8 L IS USM plus Canon /extender EF 2x II mounted on a 5D II and do it hand held, or should I go for the Tamron AF 70 – 300mm 1.4 – 5.6 mounted on the 5D II with a good Manfrotto tripod and remote instead?
I know that the answer will probably be simple, but as a beginner it's hard to work out if using a cheaper lens on a tripod would be better than a good lens hand held, and I've never used either lens before.
Hope you can help me