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    Hi, I'm wondering what lens should i get if i'm into taking wildlife, close-ups? What do you guys think of the Sigma DG APO 70-300mm for a newbie like me? Or any other recommendations?

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    This is about the 400th "what lens for..." thread. It would help to read up a bit more.

    1. Close-ups would normally be called "macro". The Sigma DG 75-300 has a "false macro" function that can do an ok job, but it's no match for a dedicated 1:1 macro lens.
    2. Wildlife like...? Most people going to Africa to take pictures of the wildlife there would normally use at least 400mm, but the 75-300 should be enough. If it's birding, you may want a longer lens, like the "bigma". If it's neighborhood cats, the 75-300 is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtin88 View Post
    Hi, I'm wondering what lens should i get if i'm into taking wildlife, close-ups? What do you guys think of the Sigma DG APO 70-300mm for a newbie like me? Or any other recommendations?
    Do u have a budget to work with? Do u intend to do MACRO as well?
    WildLife is too general to give u any gd advice.
    Can consider this Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Numnumball View Post
    Do u have a budget to work with? Do u intend to do MACRO as well?
    WifeLife is too general to give u any gd advice.
    Can consider this Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG
    What the heck is that?
    Is that referring to Tiger Woods' wife, the Tigress??
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    Default Re: Recommendations on what type of lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by xtin88 View Post
    Hi, I'm wondering what lens should i get if i'm into taking wildlife, close-ups? What do you guys think of the Sigma DG APO 70-300mm for a newbie like me? Or any other recommendations?
    You trying to take:

    1) animals at the zoo
    2) migrating whales from the shore
    3) eagles in flight
    4) animals on african safari
    5) etc
    6) etc

    How far do you estimate the wildlife to be, and how big are they?
    Face fill the whole frame, or just as a subject against the background?
    You have full-frame or crop-body camera?

    subject against background

    taken from visartonline.com/images/birds-in-flight.jpg

    face fill the whole frame

    taken from safaristouganda.com/images/lion-in-uganda.jpg
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    Default Re: Recommendations on what type of lens?

    What kind of wildlife?

    Zoo/Cats/dogs, the 70-300mm lens should be sufficient.
    For bird photography, 150-500mm would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    You trying to take:

    1) animals at the zoo
    2) migrating whales from the shore
    3) eagles in flight
    4) animals on african safari
    5) etc
    6) etc

    How far do you estimate the wildlife to be, and how big are they?
    Face fill the whole frame, or just as a subject against the background?
    You have full-frame or crop-body camera?

    subject against background

    taken from visartonline.com/images/birds-in-flight.jpg

    face fill the whole frame

    taken from safaristouganda.com/images/lion-in-uganda.jpg
    I believe that D90 is a full-frame camera as i read it somewhere. As i'm still new, i am still unsure what a full-frame or crop-body camera is. My budget is around 600dollars and i'm keen in getting a lens that can take animals in the zoo, birds at the beach, insects. Be it face fill the whole frame, or just as a subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaoken View Post
    What kind of wildlife?

    Zoo/Cats/dogs, the 70-300mm lens should be sufficient.
    For bird photography, 150-500mm would be better.
    But 150-500mm can cover taking zoo/cats/dogs? Sigma brand? how much does this lens cost around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Numnumball View Post
    Do u have a budget to work with? Do u intend to do MACRO as well?
    WifeLife is too general to give u any gd advice.
    Can consider this Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG
    My budget is around 600 and yes i intend to do macro. Take pictures of zoo/cats/dogs/insects. The problem is, as i'm still a newbie, i'm worried to get a very highend lens but suck at using it. So i'm not sure whether to invest so much into the first lens that i'm about to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    What the heck is that?
    Is that referring to Tiger Woods' wife, the Tigress??
    Paiseh paiseh, rushing off for lunch earlier, type oo fast.. haa.. should be Wildlife, corrected in original post..
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtin88 View Post
    I believe that D90 is a full-frame camera as i read it somewhere. As i'm still new, i am still unsure what a full-frame or crop-body camera is. My budget is around 600dollars and i'm keen in getting a lens that can take animals in the zoo, birds at the beach, insects. Be it face fill the whole frame, or just as a subject.
    Nope. D90 is a cropped sensor cam my friend
    With ur budget, i reckon u get this for a start, alot of raves/gd reviews abt it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Numnumball View Post
    Nope. D90 is a cropped sensor cam my friend
    With ur budget, i reckon u get this for a start, alot of raves/gd reviews abt it..
    Alright will look into it. what does a cropped sensor and full frame does?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtin88 View Post
    Alright will look into it. what does a cropped sensor and full frame does?
    cropped sensor crops the picture lor

    haha.
    Cropped sensor is basically a sensor that is smaller than the old 35mm film standard size.
    Therefore a lens would project an image that can cover the full 35mm frame, but the cropped camera (as D90 is) only sees a smaller portion of it, thus giving the effect of 'cropping' the full image.

    The 'full-frame' sensor, as the name suggests, is self-explanatory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    cropped sensor crops the picture lor

    haha.
    Cropped sensor is basically a sensor that is smaller than the old 35mm film standard size.
    Therefore a lens would project an image that can cover the full 35mm frame, but the cropped camera (as D90 is) only sees a smaller portion of it, thus giving the effect of 'cropping' the full image.

    The 'full-frame' sensor, as the name suggests, is self-explanatory.
    Icic Thanks for the explaination. Learned something new today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtin88 View Post
    I believe that D90 is a full-frame camera as i read it somewhere.
    Then I suggest you look for that mysterious "somewhere" and correct them. The D90 is NOT a full-frame camera, which reading the manual, any review, or any infosheet on the D90 would have told you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtin88 View Post
    Alright will look into it. what does a cropped sensor and full frame does?
    http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=what+is+a+c...l+frame+sensor

    And right here on CS:
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245883
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    Okae! Thanks alot!

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    Wildlife - gor for any prime or zoom lens above 300mm minimum.

    Close-ups - several options. Prime with auto extension tubes, or clise-up filters, or something like a Tamron 90mm macro lens.

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