How to pick out a camera for wildlife photography?

Question by Naty: How to pick out a camera for wildlife photography?
There’s so many different options and I have no idea what all the technical talk means.
i’ve always been into photography and can now afford a decent camera and want to focus on taking it up as a hobby.
I like taking pictures of a wide range of objects but wildlife is my main interest. any tips?

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Answer by Matt
any modern DSLR will work for any subjects you wanna shoot. I would just suggest you get a nice zoom lens so you can shoot animals from afar, and maybe a macro lens or extension tubes if you plan on doing close ups like flowers.

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5 Responses to How to pick out a camera for wildlife photography?

  1. Sidney says:

    Any D-SLR camera would be fine. You need a D-SLR because;

    1) You don’t want to get close to the animals, especially the dangerous ones.
    2) You need to have interchangeable lenses.

    The best lens to use for wildlife pictures is a “telephoto” lens. It allows you to zoom in from a safe distance, and when you take a picture of something, it looks like you’re standing very near the subject. Good luck!

  2. rick says:

    You have to set a budget. The camera is not as important as the lenses that you get. For wildlife you need very long lenses which are expensive. An entry level camera that is really great is the Nikon D3200. Don’t worry too much about the camera for wildlife, spend your money on a really good lens.

  3. green_lantern5353 says:

    You already have some good advice here. I would only add that you read “Outdoor Photography” magazine (or similar publications) to get an idea what the pros use on a regular basis. Check and see what subjects they are shooting and what accessories they recommend. A trip to your library to look at “Popular Photography” or “Peterson’s Photographic” will give you hints and test results on equipment. Probably most important is to get a camera and grip that fits your hands since you’ll spend hours waiting for the perfect shot. Good luck!

  4. BriaR says:

    Any DSLR will do the job the key is in lens selection

  5. Eric says:

    I agree lenses could be expensive. My additional advise is learn your camera and how to snap on and release your lense quickly so you dont miss a shot.

    Also get a good but easy to open case.

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