Need help with first DSLR

Started Jul 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Satik Regular Member • Posts: 253
Re: Long glass no sine qua non for birding

David Lal wrote:

Satik wrote:

I agree with you. However, I still think that start with one universal lens like 18-105 give you more feelings what you need. Depending what you mean by wildlife this lens can make great pictures. If the main area of interest will be birds than even 70-300 mm is not enough for small fellows. I also bought my 35 mm as first prime, but somehow cannot find much usage for it. I prefer my 90 mm any day - I use it as a portrait, macro and wildlife. Just saying my experience.

Martin, I agree with a lot of what you say and I too, if I were a beginner would start with a general purpose lens such as the 18-105 which I think is pretty decent. If I were the OP I might also look at a good condition secondhand camera higher up market than her present target. I'd get it from a store with some sort of warranty option, indeed I did that a year ago when I bought my D300.

I disagree greatly though with the notion that long glass is a sine qua non for birding. Yeah, fine, if one has no fieldcraft or rapport with the subjects then wobble about by all means from half a mile away with long lens and TC etc. etc.

I get pretty good results (wild birds, not pets) with short glass. As short as 18-35mm if required.

(UK) Robin, D70; Sigma 105

Bluetit, D300; Nik 50mm

It can be done!


sure it can be done. Your pictures are great. But how much time did you spend by observing those birds and preparing for those shots. It wouldn't be fair to say beginner, that he can do pictures like this immediately. What I wrote was more like general statement. There are no limits for imagination and in the end, the old truth that the guy behind cameras matters more than gear, is still valid.



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