Bird Photography Tips on a Budget
Don¶t Buy a Premium Telephoto Lens
± What puts off most people from starting a hobby such as bird & wildlife photography? ± it¶s simply the cost. A Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USMSuper Telephoto Lens will cost you about USD 6,000. Apart from the price the other negativeaspect is the weight. This beauty weighs in at 8.5 pounds! Imagine trekking through the forest orthe jungle for several hours lugging this weight on top of your other photography gear."Male Kestrel Falcon" captured by Sheribeari
Do Buy a Budget Telephoto Lens
± a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM telephoto lens is stillsomewhat pricey, but extremely effective. This lens weighs in at only 2.8 pounds. Thus with thisoption you have an 80% saving in the cost and a 66% saving in the weight you have to carry around. The purist photographer may argue that this lens won¶t have the clarity and allow thesame amount of light into the camera, essential when taking shots in low light conditions. This isnot true if you follow the techniques described below.
Do Buy a Premium Camera Body
± you can compensate for any deficiencies in the budgettelephoto lens by using a state of the art digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera body. I boughtthe Canon EOS 50D 15.1 MP last year and have been amazed at the results. There are threefeatures explained below, which make this an outstanding camera body for bird & wildlifephotography.