EQUIPMENT USED FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY JUNE 15, 2016

February 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I HAVE BEEN ASKED MANY TIMES WHAT​ EQUIPMENT DO I USE FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY SO HERE'S THE STORY.  I USE CANON EQUIPMENT FOR LENSES AND BODIES.  MY TRIPODS ARE MADE BY WIMBERLY AND FEISOL.  I USE A COMBINATION OF LENSES FOR WILDLIFE SHOOTING.  I AM CURRENTLY USING A CANON 500 F/4 IS VERSION 1 AND CANON 70-200 F/2.8 IS VERSION ll.  THE 500 IS USED FOR DISTANCE IMAGES AND THE 70-200 IS USED IF I WANT TO PLACE MORE OF THE SURROUNDING AREA INTO THE PICTURE OR AS THE ANIMAL GETS CLOSER.  FOR BODIES I AM USING  A CANON EOS 1 MARK IV AND CANON 7D FOR A BACKUP.  BOTH OF THESE BODIES ARE A COUPLE OF GENERATIONS BEHIND THE LATEST MODEL BUT WORK GREAT FOR ME.
 

​ANOTHER QUESTION ASKED IS WHY CANON AND NOT NIKON.  REALLY ITS JUST PERSONAL PREFERENCE.  THE DECIDING FACTOR FOR ME WAS SERVICE.​  I HAVE BEEN WITH CANON FOR 26 YEARS AND THEY HAVE TREATED ME GREAT IN THE CUSTOMER SERVICE ARENA.  I ALSO LIKED THEIR LOANER PROGRAM.  IF I WAS THINKING OF PURCHASING A LENS THEY WOULD LEND ME ONE TO TRY OUT WITH NO COST OTHER THAN RETURN SHIPPING. OF COURSE TO USE THIS PROGRAM YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE CANON PROFESSIONAL SERVICES.

IF YOUR SERIOUSLY THINKING OF GETTING INTO WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DON'T WANT TO SPEND $8000 OR MORE ON A LENS I WOULD SUGGEST PURCHASING A CANON 500 F/4 IS VERSION 1.  YES THE VERSION ll IS LIGHTER (1.5LBS)  AND SOMEWHAT QUICKER ON THE DRAW THAN THE VERSION I BUT TO ME ITS NOT WORTH ANOTHER $4,000 DOLLARS.  OF COURSE IF BUDGET IS NOT A CONCERN GO FOR THE LATEST AND GREATEST AND PURCHASE A CANON 600 F/4 IS VERSION II. 
 

​THE VERSION I MUST BE PURCHASED SECOND HAND SINCE THEY ARE OUT OF PRODUCTION BUT STILL SERVICED BY CANON.  ONE OF THE BEST PLACES I'VE SEEN FOR PURCHASING ONE IS A SITE CALLED FREDMIRANDA.COM. THE LENSES GO QUICKLY WHEN ADVERTISED.  THEY ARE RUNNING AROUND 4,000.  CHECK OUT THE PERSONS RATING BEFORE BUYING.  I HAVE BOUGHT SEVERAL PIECES OF EQUIPMENT OFF THIS SITE AND HAVE NEVER BEEN DISSAPOINTED.
 

THERE ARE MANY OTHER LENSES AND COMBINATIONS THAT CAN BE USED FOR WILDLIFE SHOOTING IF YOUR ON A STRICT BUDGET.  THE PERFORMANCE WILL NOT BE AS GOOD AS A PRIME LENS IN MY OPINION BUT WILL DO THE JOB CONSIDERING WERE YOU PLAN TO GO WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY. 
 

HOPEFULLY THIS WILL ANSWER SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS.
 

REGARDS,
 

DON
 

 

 


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