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Dont Zoom, Move...
« on: February 16, 2013, 11:44:39 PM »
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Re: Dont Zoom, Move...
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 01:30:41 AM »
That is the old argument for using primes...your legs are your zoom. But sometimes this does not work...have no iinterest to walk into a lion's cage ;)
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Re: Dont Zoom, Move...
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 09:02:26 AM »
That is the old argument for using primes...your legs are your zoom. But sometimes this does not work...have no iinterest to walk into a lion's cage ;)
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I know a guy who worked with George Adamson and Tony Fitzjohn many moons ago working very closely with Lions. He spends his time now in Namibia and Tanzania.

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Re: Dont Zoom, Move...
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 12:52:11 PM »
...your legs are your zoom ...

... and many times moving your legs give much better and more interesting angles and compositions. But I agree, sometimes zooms are handy ;-)

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Re: Dont Zoom, Move...
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 08:24:01 PM »
Getting close is something highly recommended for wildlife photography..it is just better to be close. Better details of fur and feather. But getting close is often difficult and as noted sometimes dangerous.

Bears, hot lava, flighty birds...and, yes, lions. A zoom is invaluable. ;)

I'd love Sony's 500-mm f4 lens, but at $13,000.....well.... I just try to get closer or be happy with the 400-mm f4.5/5.6 and I don't like using f5.6 at 400mm...it is soft and causing ghosting when there are hot whites in the scene. 
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Re: Dont Zoom, Move...
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2013, 09:47:48 PM »
Thanks for posting Dave.  I have downloaded for addition to a training program on focal length and DOF I put together for our camera club.....john
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Re: Dont Zoom, Move...
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2013, 03:47:54 PM »
While moving backwards may allow you to get a certain subject in the image, one thing it will not give you is the same field of view.Invaluable in wide angle landscape photography.
Something you cant move backwards or forwards ???


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Re: Dont Zoom, Move...
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2013, 01:09:45 AM »
As has been noted, closer is better. However, most of my wildlife shots are taken in Kruger Safari Park where one has to follow some basic rules

1.  You are not allowed out of your vehicle except at authorised " get out points ".  These tend to be picnic areas full of people or loooooooooooooong bridges.  Neither of these are really condusive to wildlife shots.

2. You are not allowed any part of your body to protude out of the vehicle.  This makes photography difficult.  Most of my shots with the 70400G are handheld from a cars side window!!!!!  Fun.  lol

Howver, one day, I will get that elusive "fantastic" shot.

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