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    I'll probably be shooting the zoo soon. Which focal range do you recommend? Is the 70-200mm range sufficient?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theNoobiestNoob
    I'll probably be shooting the zoo soon. Which focal range do you recommend? Is the 70-200mm range sufficient?
    should be ok...if u can extend till 300mm...all the better...good luck

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    last time i was using my fz5 12x zoom was not enough..

    maybe bring some food and feed them sure they will come closer

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigg
    should be ok...if u can extend till 300mm...all the better...good luck
    That will mean that theNoobiestNoob will need an extender. 1.4x maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theNoobiestNoob
    I'll probably be shooting the zoo soon. Which focal range do you recommend? Is the 70-200mm range sufficient?
    I think one could make interesting photos using just about any focal length, as long as you don't restrict yourself to the common style of zoo animal photos. Humans in a zoo or the landscaping can make nice pictures, too. And the zoo in my hometown is famous for its architecture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ycchen
    last time i was using my fz5 12x zoom was not enough..

    maybe bring some food and feed them sure they will come closer
    You can not feed the animal at zoo .

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWolf
    And the zoo in my hometown is famous for its architecture.
    LittleWolf, where is your hometown?

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    70-200 VR?
    No problem. Quite sufficient.

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    I'm using 20D with 70-200, ends up with a 320mm. Is that sufficient or is a 1.4x tc needed to take portraits of the animals. Dont wanna spednd $15 to enter and find the animals too far away.

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    LittleWolf, where is your hometown?
    Stuttgart, Germany.

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    70-200 on 1.6x is enough for full-body shots of certain animals but if you really want to be able to get all the animals or shoot some close-ups, you'll definately need something longer. Even a 1.4x TC won't be enough IMO. For portraits you'll probably need something in the 400-500mm range.

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    A few years back, bring a 70-200 f4 to the zoo and find it not enough for most shots, even with a 1.4 TC. Got a 100-400 IS after that and find it quite sufficient. Probably required 300mm to 400mm for my needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by majere2sg
    A few years back, bring a 70-200 f4 to the zoo and find it not enough for most shots, even with a 1.4 TC. Got a 100-400 IS after that and find it quite sufficient. Probably required 300mm to 400mm for my needs.
    You need 600mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWolf
    Stuttgart, Germany.
    Wah! Nice. So how do you find Singapore Zoo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canew
    Wah! Nice. So how do you find Singapore Zoo?
    Hot! Otherwise, it's very nice.

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    Default Re: Focal Range at the Zoo

    OT a little. I will be going to the Bird Park on Saturday. Also using a 200 mm only. Hope that it will be OK. Can't afford a teleconverter yet.
    But if I were to get a 3rd. party teleconverter, I might be able to afford it. Any comments/suggestions everyone?

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    There are many threads on which TC to buy.

    Get a 1.4X, should be long enough for most, but not all, of your zoo shots unless you are taking the faces of the lions only. Have fun.

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    Depend on your shooting style, portraits ? fullbody ? animal's antics ?

    For fullface portrait and small animals, need 300-500mm.

    Don't forget your tripod and patience.

    All the best and have fun.

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    Default Re: Focal Range at the Zoo

    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    You need 600mm
    Yes indeed BBB, or go for sigma 300-800, an extra 200mm there, although Nikon always the better choice

    Also need very good tripod and/or monopod BBB

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