|Subject:||Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Re: [Birding-Aus] Advice on first camera|
|From:||David Rees <>|
|Date:||Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:36:10 +0000|
Geoffrey is right, it depends on what you are going to do with your images. Most of us will look at them on full HD panels - ie 1920 by 1080 pixels, unless you have lots of money or a high end mac. Most of us do not need $20K worth of gear that weighs something between 5-10kg. Another thing to remember is that sensor technology (cheap) is moving faster than the business of making optics (expensive). I would try something inexpensive first, such as one of those ultrazooms. While I do mostly video I do take some stills. I have recently been amazed with what a little Lumix TZ70 can do in the way of bird photography, so much so I'm thinking of starting a web page with images just from it. Its a compact point and shot with a difference - a 30X zoom with an small but usable electronic view finder (not just the back LCD) and optional manual focus in a package not much bigger that a packet of fags. Cost in the $400-450 range. Bought it mainly for location shots, plants etc. and just tried it on birds and was very surprised. A sample is provided - great bird!!
On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 8:09 AM, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:
There are many possible answers to this question. The first point is: what do you expect of your photos? If you want to take 'the best possible picture' you should probably get the best possible equipment. If you merely want to take an 'acceptable' picture you will find many views on what 'acceptable' is. Noting that ominous word 'first', I would say: start anywhere.
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