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bio website chuqui.com
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Apr
4
revised Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
added suggestion for 100-=0400, explained why my original answer was stupid.
Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
The more I think about it, to be honest, he probably ought to get a 100-400. A T5i, A 24-105 and a 100-400 will more than suffice for a trip like this, and you can but that for about what a 70-200F2.8L IS II and a 2.0X teleconverter alone would cost.
Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
since the questioner is self-admitted as a beginner in photographer, I'm really unable to suggest he spend huge amounts of money for lenses when I have no idea what his plans are beyond the trip, or what his preferred photographer is. Which they may not know, iether. And the 70-200F2.8 IS II is a seriously expensive lens. I can't suggest they invest 7-8,000 on camera gear as beginners...
Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
but the 400mm is ONLY 400mm. The combo I suggest covers 70-400mm. And he'll want that flexibility.
Apr
4
answered Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
while I'd normally agree with the idea of renting a big lens, for a new photographer going to africa for the first time, hauling big glass around may be a nightmare. I'm not sure that's the right approach with someone who doesn't know the details of schlepping gear around.
Apr
1
accepted Is there a 3rd-party Canon intervalometer which will drive both a 7D and a Rebel T3i?
Apr
1
answered Is there a 3rd-party Canon intervalometer which will drive both a 7D and a Rebel T3i?
Mar
26
answered 70-200mm lens: Canon or Sigma? f/2.8 or f/4?
Mar
25
awarded  Constituent
Mar
24
comment What the best telephoto zoom lens for everyday use with a Canon 7d with a $2500 budget?
"A huge bazooka superzoom can hardly be considered an everyday lens." -- sure it can. It depends on the type of photography you do. try saying it's not an everyday lens to a professional baseball photographer or someone shooting bears in Alaska....
Mar
23
comment What the best telephoto zoom lens for everyday use with a Canon 7d with a $2500 budget?
by the way, if you really do kit out for serious critter and landscape work, don't be surprised when you realize your camera bag weighs out at 25 pounds. Make sure you invest in a good, large, backpack style bag to carry the stuff in. Trust me on that.
Mar
23
answered What the best telephoto zoom lens for everyday use with a Canon 7d with a $2500 budget?
Mar
20
answered What to do about persistent dust spots on my DSLR?
Mar
19
awarded  Caucus
Feb
27
comment Is digiscoping a good alternative to using a super-telephoto lens for birding?
You might also want to look at the Canon SX50 camera. It's getting some buzz among birders as an alternative to digiscoping. Take a look at what the Stokes say, for instance: stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/… -- I'm going to be experimenting with one soon and see what I think.
Feb
27
comment Is digiscoping a good alternative to using a super-telephoto lens for birding?
I just upgraded my scope. My new one is a Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 12-36 x50, which ran me about $350US at Amazon. Haven't put a lot of use in it, but it's a nice upgrade from my old, $150ish scope that had seen better days. I'm looking forward to trying some digiscoping on it using my iPhone as camera, just to see how it works.
Feb
27
comment What camera & lens combination(s) are ideal for animal and bird photography?
Thank you! the best way to justify a cost like that is to realize it saves you from having to buy a 500mm or 600mm lens at $5000-11,000. (grin). (seriously. with a good body, you can crop instead of buying even bigger, nastier lenses...)
Feb
25
comment What camera & lens combination(s) are ideal for animal and bird photography?
more on my current thinking on my blog, in way more detail than I can fit here.. chuqui.com/2013/01/… -- FWIW, the 100-400 and 300+1.4x combos both cost about $1400US. The 70-200F2.8LISII+2.0x is closer to $2500. Not an easy cost to justify...
Feb
25
comment What camera & lens combination(s) are ideal for animal and bird photography?
it's complicated. the 100-400 is less sharp, but the zoom may make it a better option. The 300F4+1.4 is sharper with better AF, but the lack of zoom meant I was carrying a 2nd body and lens with me most of the time. If weight/flexibility is most important, go 100-400. If sharpness is, go 300. Both are usable and good options. I ended up going to 70-200F2.8LISII and a 2.0XIII. Sharper than both AND with a zoom, but a lot more expensive. But for me, it made sense.