Question by ocean14: Wildlife photography – what is the best type of camera?
I already have a Panasonic Lumix which is decent, but I am going to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador for a biology trip in May. I am a wildlife/photography freak, and I was wondering if anyone knew a better camera that is more equipped and better suited to take wildlife snapshots? so I can get the best possible pictures on this once-in-a-lifetime trip? And help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Answer by casperskitty
It would help to know how much you can spend. Go to dpreview:
You can go to buying guide and choose some models to look at side by side. To get the best out of your wildlife photography, you would be looking more for an SLR. These are for anyone from an enthusiast to a professional. They use interchangeable lenses. You can also hit one of the forums on dpreview, probably beginner’s questions:
since you don’t have a preference for brand. Tell them what you want to shoot and how much you can spend on the whole set-up to begin with. I am sure you will get great help there.
I have a 35mm Canon but I am switching to Sony. Sony has the alpha line which ranges from around $ 500-3000 for the camera body. You can use older a-mount Minolta lenses on the alphas.
For the Sony alpha line, if you go with just a body and one lens, I would go with the a700 and the 18-250mm lens. Right now you can get both for about $ 1450 total. The prices are supposed to go back to normal after the Christmas sales, so I would grab one before Christmas. This camera gets up to 5 frames per second (important for moving subjects such as wildlife) and the lens has an amazing range.
If you go with Canon or Nikon, I am pretty sure the 18-250 is availale for them too. The great thing about this lens is that on a camera with an asp-csensor it still has a wide angle of 27mm and on the telephoto end it is more like 375mm.
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