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a genre of photography which covers photography of animals in their natural habitat

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Is a 400mm enough for long-distance wildlife photography?

Transferring from a bridge camera, I've really struggled to find any info for what you actually need for a wildlife photography. From what little I've gathered, most seem to recommend a cropped-sensor ...
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Struggling to find DX-fit telephoto lenses. Advice?

Looking at wildlife photography, the general beginner recommendation seems to be a cropped sensor with a 400mm lens. But, then I found out (I think this is right?) that you can't interchange lenses ...
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Lens recommendation for tiger photography

I am planning to take a photography tour in India to photograph tiger and other animals. What lens would be recommended for such purpose? I am canon user and have 5d mk iv with 100-400 IS I. I have ...
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Sigma 150-600mm vs 300mm prime with extender?

Just wanted to get a few opinions since I'm a beginner. I recently purchased a Sigma 150-600mm lens, and I'm wondering if I made the wrong choice. I still have time to return or exchange. I'm ...
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EOS Rebel T100 compatible 300 or 400 mm lense [duplicate]

I am thinking about getting a refurbished Refurbished EOS Rebel T100. Is it compatible with Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens? Also, what is the cheapest way I can go up to 400mm? ...
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How do I decide if a Nikon Coolpix P1000 is a 'smarter' option than a good long lens?

I hope I can make this answerable and not purely opinion-based... Amongst the things I try to shoot, birds, squirrels and other small nervous wildlife crop up relatively frequently. I'm very happy ...
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What would be useful to know or read before shooting a Safari?

I'm going on Safari in a couple of months, I've never really done any wild life photography in the past aside from going to my local park and photographing squirrels and water fowl. I own a Nifty 50 ...
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What are must-haves for a beginner in wildlife photography?

I've enjoyed taking pictures of wildlife on my phone for a while, especially birds, and would like to get a camera to get better quality images. I would possibly like to try some astrophotography too. ...
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Silent camera bean bag filling

Currently I have a camera bean bag filled with polystyrene and I find the sound quite loud and annoying, especially on a safari. I don’t believe that the sound is distracting any wildlife, but it is ...
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Beginning photographer wants advice on how to shoot Alaskan Cruise glaciers and wildlife [closed]

I have a Rebel T3i with Canon zoom lens EF-S 18-55 mm lens 1:3.5-5.6 IS ll and a Canon EF-S55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. I would appreciate any advice on how to get clear photos and video on our ...
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Setup for photographing moose scat for 3d reconstruction and further analysis

I am not a professional photographer, so I ask for your indulgence in that some basics may not be obvious to me. I am in the early stages of planning a scientific study on a moose (Alces alces) ...
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External flash power-on time/battery life without power-save function

I am looking for cheap external flash for my wildlife camera trap (Canon EOS 40D). I got cheap Metz 44 AF-1 But unfortunately- it has built in power-safe function which can not be disabled in Manual/...
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Sony A7III travel/wildlife combo: 70-200mm f/4 + 2x teleconverter, or sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3?

After taking my Sony A7III and Sony G 70-200 f/4 telephoto to a couple of hiking and camping trips, I'm looking forward to improve my equipment to get more into wildlife photography. So I need longer ...
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Why is my camera missing the action again and again?

I shot a series of images in continuous high with my D4 + AF-S 300mm F/2.8 of this rat. I set my camera to AF-C single point and also tried the D9 setting. Throughout the series of images I kept ...
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Telephoto Lens Advice for Canon

I use a Canon 600D and currently have three lenses: EFS 18-55mm A very old 50mm Pentax I use with adapter A very old (1970s?) Auto Super-Paragon 200mm f/3.3 I use with an adapter I want to get more ...
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Canon 200mm f/2.8 L II USM vs Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO DG OS or something else?

I'm looking for replacement of my Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. Camera is Canon EOS 700D. Requirements: amateur photograph, especially nature and birds, mostly walking rarely hiding, focal ...
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Lens for Nikon D5600 recommended for bird photography

I purchased Nikon D5600 last month. While doing bird photography I realize, 70-300 mm lens is not sufficient. I have few queries: (1) Which lens is recommended for wildlife photography? I checked ...
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150-600 mm lens for Nikon D5600

I have checked Sigma and Tamron 150-600 which are mentioned (in Amazon) as compatible with Nikon D5600. The reason why I am posting is to know whether to go with any of these lens with this camera or ...
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Which lens do you recommend for entry level bird and wildlife photography on Canon APS-C DSLRs?

My son got a EOS 800d camera for his 21st birthday. The included lens is a 18-55mm f/4.5.6 IS STM. He is finding that it does not zoom enough to take good pictures of local wildlife. We have several ...
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I miss my Pentax Spot-o-Matic but must choose a camera for amateur nature photography; get a new iPhone or an actual camera?

I need help deciding between a phone and an actual camera for amateur nature photography. I need something that can be ON by the time I've raised it and quick to focus when I'm in a hurry, and will be ...
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maximal detail in extreme low light: longer lens or shorter and faster lens?

I have found a spot where I can take photos of owls. The problem is that they are always showing up very late so it gets quite dark. I have a Nikon D500 which goes up to ISO 51200 and last night I ...
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Where can I find resources for researching animal behavior for Wildlife photography?

I'm wanting to dig into wildlife photography more intentionally. From what I've read on wildlife photography this means I need to learn about the animals I want to take pictures of. Specifically ...
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Zoom lenses for wildlife at 600 meters

I spend alot of time driving back roads for work I just got a rebel 7 and I'm trying to find a lense for taking picture of bears and other animals from about 600 meters and have a fairly close up ...
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What features should be prioritized when buying a camera intended for wildlife/zoo photography?

I currently use a Canon 750D and I'm thinking about upgrading my camera body (followed by lenses) in the future. I use the camera for various types of photography but predominantly wildlife and zoo ...
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Supertele: 400mm vs 600mm

Im about to get the Nikkor 400mm F/2.8 VR (not the FL one). This is a lens I always desired. I have already planned some tours through northern Europe and hope to gain some wildlife photography ...
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Coolpix P900 in 2020 [closed]

Is it worthy to buy Coolpix P900 in 2020 for $495? If it is not, what are the best options under $500 for nature and wildlife photography?
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Build a wireless real-time camera trap [closed]

I am looking to build a camera trap for wildlife viewing, able to capture pictures (or even videos) in decent quality to be able to identify distinct features. I do however need to be able to see the ...
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Why exactly do action photographers need high fps burst cameras?

I've heard that sports and wildlife photographers need cameras that can take lots of photos in a second in the burst mode. But why? Yes, simple question — but why?
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Will a 400mm lens on a Canon 7D help me get better detail of birds in flight than my Panasonic FZ1000?

I am using a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 with a built in 25-400 lens for bird-in-flight photography. My pictures are coming out good with the FZ1000, I’m just not able to get the size and detail of far ...
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What equipment would be best for a new photographer, interested in macro nature photography?

I recently started a photography class and I really like it, and I want to start taking photos outside of school with my own camera but I don’t know what to get. I love taking close up pictures of ...
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What methods do macro photographers use to get so close to butterflies, bees, insects and the like?

I have seen some super macro photos of things like butterflies and bees that left me wondering how the photographer is able to get so close to the subject long enough to take a photo. Most of the ...
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Which lens should I get for a Canon T7i for shooting on safari, the 70-300 or 55-250? [closed]

Haven't had a camera for years. I read great reviews on the Canon T7i EOS DSLR. My wife & I are going on a safari in South Africa and I'm thinking about buying this. I can get it with an 18-55mm ...
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How to get started with Wildlife Photography?

I am 18 years old and looking to become a wildlife photographer, but am unsure where to start. I am confused due to the many courses, colleges, etc. available. Should I take a course? What will I need?...
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Zoom or Prime Lens(es) for Wildlife Photography on Limited Budget (Nikon D500)

I am currently looking into purchasing some new lenses to accompany my shiny new Nikon D500 on a safari trip in a month. In the past, I have used a Sigma 150-500mm (purchased in 2009 - see here) with ...
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Is it worth upgrading one stop for wildlife photography?

I have just purchased the following lens to accompany my Nikon D500: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR - £1,349 (see here) However, having purchased this lens a few hours ago, it has been pointed out ...
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How should I approach deer to photograph them?

I currently live in suburbia and there's a large field behind my house. Since yesterday I've noticed 3-4 deer grazing there. I've approached them three times at varying times of day and haven't been ...
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How do I get from starting off photography to selling my photos? [closed]

I'm a starting wildlife photographer! My question is, how would I get to from just taking pictures to actually selling them and everything? I'm kinda new to most of this, It would be great to get ...
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Layman's guide to making distant things clearer - add on lenses/monoculars for mobile phones

I'm completely at sea with magnification, crop, zoom and telephoto, despite reading various info. I think it's because I'm not terribly scientific! All I would like to know is, if I am shooting ...
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Will a lens extender be helpful for wildlife photography with a 70-200mm lens and APS-C sensor?

I was planning to do some photography with wildlife and was planning to sell my Canon Mrk2 70-200mm lens. However after discussing this I've been told that it's actually a good lens for wildlife (or ...
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How to calculate which system will work better for me?

For all intents and purposes assume I am using the same 400mm lens, which would give a me better resolution of the subject (bird)? A 50% crop of 42 megapixel Sony a7riii Fullframe A full crop of 20.3 ...
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What mm lens for distance shots?

If I am looking to take landscape and wildlife shots and some of those shots being from a decent distance what mm lens would I need? I am not sure what else I should be adding here, I am just looking ...
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Focus-assist light that arthropods will be least alarmed by?

I've been trying to take pictures of spiders and insects at night, with a working distance of 8-10cm, with the actual photo being lit by flash. In order to (manually) focus, I have a single "warm ...
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Which telephoto lens to choose? [closed]

I have a Canon EOS 50D and 3 lenses: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM I want a telephoto lens to take pics of small animals in ...
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Would APS-C be better for shooting wildlife?

Considering the magnification effect of APS-C sensors, they theoretically have to extend the zoom range of telephoto lenses. Accordingly, would it be wiser to use an APS-C camera for shooting wildlife ...
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How are the smooth, colorful backgrounds created in these wildlife macro photos?

I've been following a biologist and photographer for a while, and it always strikes me, how visually pleasing his images are because the background always complements the subject very well. Question ...
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How could I make the snake better stand out from the grass in this "backyard wildlife" photograph?

Camera model: Canon DSLR 1200D. Lens used: 56mm to 255 mm zoom lens Settings : Macro mode. Distance between object and camera was about 2m. Can any kind photography expert suggest ...
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Which Teleconverter is best along with my Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105 mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens for Nikon-D7200?

I know very well that my lens is not a perfect lens for wildlife Photography at all, but still if i would like to know answers for below questions. Which Teleconverter should I use? How much focal ...
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Which lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?

Now I have old Sony A100 DSLR + Minolta AF 24-50/4, Minolta AF 50/1.6, Tokina ATX 80-400/4.5-5.6, ... My camera is old. In near future I am going to buy new DSLR. I think it will be Canon or Nikon. I ...
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Suggest the best way to take photos of flying birds [duplicate]

I am an amateur photographer and I have a Sony DSC HX400v bridge camera which has 50x optical zoom (quite helpful in taking close-up shots of wild animals). The effectiveness of the zoom lens is ...
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When are special long lens techniques necessary for sharp wildlife photography?

Over the last year I have been doing a lot more wildlife photography than previously. Investigating, I found there is a concensus that the following is the best technique: Mount the camera and lens ...