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The San Diego Photography Collective Message Board › wildlife photo equipment

wildlife photo equipment

David K.
San Diego, CA
Post #: 1
I'm planning a trip to Alaska next summer. Hope to capture lots of the beautiful scenery and wildlife. I'd like to upgrade my telephoto capability to take closer shots of wildlife from a distance. Currently have a PC-110 video camera that can capture 10x optical, but only 640x480. Not good enough for large prints. My Sony F717 can capture up to 5 megapixel images. It has a 5x optical zoom which can be increased to about 8.7x with a very heavy lens adapter. The F717's lens is fixed, so it can't be replaced with a larger telephot lens.

Looking at three options:

1. binoculars with built in digital camera. These seem to be 8x or 10x with up to 2 or 3 megapixel capture ability. These are only about $200 - $400.

2. telescope with camera adapter. This promises magnification of up to 60x. Hope the wildlife holds still!

3. digital SLR camera with telephoto lens.

I'd appreciate any recommendations you may have.


A former member
Post #: 6
I would choose #3, the digital SLR with a quality telephoto lens. I have a canon digital rebel, which now, I just purchased the new Canon EOS 20D on eBay a few days ago. My telephoto lens is a Canon 100-400mm with Image Stabilization (2 mode stabilization) "L" series lens. On a digital SLR, with the 1.6X lens conversion, it is actually 160-640mm, on the 35mm equivalent.

I think with the other 2 cameras, with an attachment, which would give 60x, for example, I think distortion and image quality would really be quite a worry, not to mention, the more times it zooms, the more sensitive you are to movement, which,without any image stabilization, you will wind up with blurred images.
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