Affordable wild life camera combination.

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Re: Affordable wild life camera combination.

jwBobby458 wrote:

Yes, I know this type of question has been asked many times before. So, a thousand apologies for that. But, post-covid, as I am wanting to get walking again, and would also like to plan in an owl photography trip to Finland next year I have been looking into options for an affordable (for me) wildlife set up that would cater for dragonflies to owls and to birds in flight (feathered and metal). I am not averse to buying used kit.

I have long been a fan of bridge cameras and like the Sony RX10iv as a consideration, and an obvious upgrade from the Panasonic FZ200 I currently use for most photography that I do. Two mirrorless options would be the Fuji X-S10 plus new 70-300 lens or Sony A6400 plus 70-350 lens. I would love the 100-400 lens but cost and size would probably be factors that would prevent their purchase. Maximum budget £2000/$2800/e2320.

I would appreciate any thoughts and experiences on my possible choices, or alternative options not considered. Thank you for reading this. Stay safe and well. John

On a FF sensor you probably can go up to 6400 ISO with acceptable image quality and on an APS-C sensor up to ISO 2200.

Will you be photographing owls at the end of the day? Will you need 300 f2.8? In May/June maybe not.

The Sony 70-350 has good minimum focusing distance so should be good for dragonflies but is 350 f6.3 so equivalent to a 525 f9.5 in FF, which may be limiting if you need 1/1000 - 1/2000 and want to stay below ISO 2200. For birds often 500 or 600 (in FF) is needed, or even more, so there is no easy solution for birds in flight.

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