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Wildlife Camera

Post by TALBOTL » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:16 am

Morning everyone

I'm a sucker for wildlife and living in Derbyshire I am lucky to have a lot of it around in fairly close proximity.

I have no experience or knowledge what so ever about photography (telescopes are as close as I have been!) but I have a good eye and can hyperfocus like mad when I enjoy something (ADHD for you!) so hopefully I can get some really weird and wonderful pics.

Just wondered if people could point me in the direction of a basic camera (plus any other useful equipment) to get me started? Even a place to grab used equipment (not sure if there is anywhere other than the usual Ebay etc.)

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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by dorsetred » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:39 am

LT

Perhaps Paul W can advise as I've seen loads of his photographs and in general they're brilliant, I'd suggest you pm him?

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Post by rob180bhp » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:40 am

Almost any SLR will do a great job,

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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by TALBOTL » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:04 pm

Thank you Gents, any recommendations of a cheapish started Rob?

Also just realised it's in the wrong area, meant to put it in general off topic as opposed to other cars!
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Post by rob180bhp » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:08 pm

I have an old cannon 500d which is amazing it's not professional but amazing
Probably worth about £200 now on ebay

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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by GeoffCollins » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:10 pm

TALBOTL wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:04 pm
Thank you Gents, any recommendations of a cheapish started Rob?

Also just realised it's in the wrong area, meant to put it in general off topic as opposed to other cars!
You really don't need the top of the range camera to start off, maybe a Nikon D3300, this is a good entry level camera, and as you get better your photos will start to look like the professionals,

If you want a long range lens, you could go with a 'Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 Nikon+Motor' search that in amazon, its very cheap, but you will get used to using a long range lens, and the quality isn't awful, again entry level stuff, all very cost effective :)
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Post by rob180bhp » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:22 pm

I think I always expected too much from lenses,

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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by MegaMinion » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:14 pm

I have a Canon 100D, its their entry spec DSLR. It came in a pack with 18-55mm lens and a 75 - 300mm lens I think. All in it was about £500, it takes good photos and is nice and small and light, I think it's a decent place to start.

I mostly use it for video, but it's an absolute nightmare for that. I just don't have the funds to upgrade at the minute.

The other thing you'll need to think about is software for editing. If you have a Mac then the built in photo viewer is good, and if you have an IPhone the photo viewer on that is actually quite a powerful editer.
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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by talal » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:32 pm

the camera body is less important than the lens you use...

iv got a 500d but spent a bit of money on better lenses and it produces pretty good results...
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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by rob180bhp » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:34 pm

talal wrote:the camera body is less important than the lens you use...

iv got a 500d but spent a bit of money on better lenses and it produces pretty good results...
500d is brilliant

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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by talal » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:48 pm

yeah its great

the lenses it comes with are a bit average but i bought a pretty cheap canon 50mm prime lens and it will take pretty amazing portrait photos, obviously limited in its uses but it really amazed me how much of a difference the lens made to the quality of the pictures using the same body...
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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by TALBOTL » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:17 pm

Thank you gents a lot of info to look further in to there as said currently have no idea what so ever, I will get checking Amazon etc.

Thanks again

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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by Paul W » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:53 am

whatever you spend on a body expect to spend up to 2 times as much on glass if not more

always go second hand for lens at the high end

For wildlife get the Tamron 150- 600 - around £700 new or £500 2nd hand

http://www.wexphotographic.com/tamron-1 ... aIEALw_wcB



For the range nothing comes close and IQ is very good at both ends

Body wise it depends how serious you are - if you intend to stick at it go FX straight away otherwise you will spend money on DX lens and have to replace with FX lens in the long run

I personally like Nikon



also remember any photo you seen uploaded with be edited - some very average shots can be made wonderful by someone who is into Photoshop - a good picture and composition just normally needs less editing
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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by Paul W » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:01 am

fixed marco at 100mm

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Re: Wildlife Camera

Post by Paul W » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:04 am

28 - 300 Nikor at 200mm

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For wild life you need at 300 range I would say but i don't shoot wildlife
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