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    Hi guys,

    Just like to check whether a focal length of 200mm is good enough for taking zoo photo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shark View Post
    Hi guys,

    Just like to check whether a focal length of 200mm is good enough for taking zoo photo?

    Generally ,i find it sufficient for me, unless you want to do real close up shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitkat View Post
    Generally ,i find it sufficient for me, unless you want to do real close up shots.
    Thanks mate. What focal range lenses are you using for your zoo shot?

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    Whether a 200mm lens is sufficient will also depend on your crop factor. I'm using a 200mm (at tele-end) with a 1.6x crop at Singapore Zoo, hence effectively 320mm. Sometimes, feel it's a feel lacking in terms of range, esp. where the exhibits are huge and the animals are further from the viewers, e.g. lion and cheetah exhibits in the zoo. Otherwise, it's pretty fine for me. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaldorei View Post
    Whether a 200mm lens is sufficient will also depend on your crop factor. I'm using a 200mm (at tele-end) with a 1.6x crop at Singapore Zoo, hence effectively 320mm. Sometimes, feel it's a feel lacking in terms of range, esp. where the exhibits are huge and the animals are further from the viewers, e.g. lion and cheetah exhibits in the zoo. Otherwise, it's pretty fine for me. Hope this helps.
    Sorry. I'm new. Can you elaborate on the crop factor?

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    DSLR camera generally use a smaller sensor than the 35 mm stadard for SLR. So they are seeing a smaller portion of what the lens sees. Unless u use a full-frame DSLR which will cause a bomb.

    Nikon has a crop factor of 1.5x while Canon use 1.6x

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    I am using 70-300mm, ok for zoo shot, but not birdie shot in the wild.
    Canon EOS 50D 24-105mm f4 L IS 70-200mm f/4 IS L 50mm f/1.8

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    i'm usin a 70-200 f4L on a 350D.. so i get 320mm. i find dat it is nt really sufficient for my likin as i canT really seperate e animal frm e backgrnd.. tinkin of equippin it wif a 1.4TC. wld be enuf for me den..

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    i think that a minimum focal length of 300mm is required to shoot in the zoo if you want a really 'wild' shot..i am using a 70-300 with my camera's crop factor of 1.5x, so you will get a pic which is equivalent to a 400mm on a full frame camera. In this way you will get a more 'wild' look as the fences and man-made object can be blurred more. like this one here..

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    the extra 100mm can really make quite a difference..

    as u can see.. tis is taken wif a 70-200 on a 350D. focal length abt. 320mm..


    tis is taken wif e S2 IS.. focal length 432mm.


    dere is a more up-close and personal look to e S2 shot IMO..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightZ88 View Post
    i'm usin a 70-200 f4L on a 350D.. so i get 320mm. i find dat it is nt really sufficient for my likin as i canT really seperate e animal frm e backgrnd.. tinkin of equippin it wif a 1.4TC. wld be enuf for me den..

    maybe you need a 2.8 to blur more background than a 300

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    Default Re: Suggestion for a telefoto lens

    This is a technical questions that does not belong here. Thread moved

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    Quote Originally Posted by surge View Post
    maybe you need a 2.8 to blur more background than a 300
    unless you're going to take extreme close-ups,e.g. the head of a lion, you need the background blur. For me, a focal length of 300mm 35mm equicalant would suffice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shark View Post
    Sorry. I'm new. Can you elaborate on the crop factor?
    imagine you take a photo on a full frame camera. then chop (crop) off the edges, that's why it's called a CROP factor

    => your view angle is reduced (you see less)
    => focal length does not change

    to increase focal length, you will need a teleconverter (a.k.a TC)

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    Well I guess that depends on what kind of images you want to make at the zoo and your preference for wildlife photos. I went to the zoo sometime at the beginning of this year and shot with a 300mm+2xTC on a 1.3x body, giving a FOV of 780mm. I found that just about nice, so it's really up to personal preference, but I personally wouldn't go with anything less than a 400mm FOV.

    Try renting a 400/5.6+ 1.4X tc if under budget constraints. Tape up the first two pins to give you AF.
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    I tried a 100-400 at the zoo and ended up using the 400mm quite a bit and still found the reach short at times. This was ona 1.6x crop body too

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    if dont want to go to those big guns, guess bigma 50-500 or the tammy 200-500 should be v good......

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