Best lens for the Zoo?

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Superglue Regular Member • Posts: 282
Best lens for the Zoo?

I am planning a trip to the zoo and I wanna travel light so I am wonder other than the 55-210mm I have what other lens would anyone suggest taking.

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MJFinelli Regular Member • Posts: 268
Re: Best lens for the Zoo?

What other lenses do you have?

18-200 would be best..

For sure take a smaller zoom to go with the 55-210.

I went to the zoo and only brought the 55-210 and missed a lot of close up shots.

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Jabba23 Regular Member • Posts: 304
Re: Best lens for the Zoo?

Which zoo? It would help to know a bit about the facilities.

I would suggest a fast lens as well for those indoor shots. Depending on the place, a wide angle as well.

If there is an aquarium definitely a fast lens is going to be needed

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Superglue OP Regular Member • Posts: 282
Re: Best lens for the Zoo?

I am going to the Atlanta Zoo and I have my lenses listed in my gear profile if  that helps.

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EthanP99 Senior Member • Posts: 2,434
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sigma 19

sony 35

55-210

should cover most of the shooting

for a zoo trip, i bring 100-400 or 70-400

but thats me

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Duskbat Regular Member • Posts: 262
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Took these with 18-200 lens and it was perfect for the zoo here. Gulf breeze zoo NW Florida.

nice bear

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Fredy Ross Veteran Member • Posts: 6,791
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Depends which Zoo. Here we have Safari Park so half is driven through and I use at least 400mm to get the roaming animals. Inside the zoo any lens will do so your 55-210 is fine. Have fun.

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clark321 Regular Member • Posts: 418
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Last time I was  at  the zoo there was a pro there doing a promotion shoot and he was using a Canon 5D3 with a 400mm f2.8 prime attached. That seems to be the weapon of choice over here.

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Jurjen Regular Member • Posts: 417
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For the best results my advise is to narrow your plan for 'a day in the zoo' Are you going on your own just to make pictures or are you taking a day out with (grand)children?

In the latter, forget about making serious pictures, enjoy your day with your company and take a snapshot cam to click on the unforgettable moments or great portraits of the kids with the animals:-) The NEX+ 18-55 will be great.

If you go on you own on a dedicated photo mission make a small choice of animals you want to shoot. Take your time to observe their behavior and decide how you are going to frame them. When you end up with one great shot of - lets say - a zebra your day is well spend! Otherwise you will end up with a ton of snapshots you will never look back on but had a great day in de zoo

Take a backpack include some sandwiches - don't wast your time in de que for the hotdog guy/ oh yea I'm Dutch - and take all your lenses + a tripod!

Whatever you do, enjoy the nice day out!

cheers

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kenetik Regular Member • Posts: 176
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Superglue wrote:

I am planning a trip to the zoo and I wanna travel light so I am wonder other than the 55-210mm I have what other lens would anyone suggest taking.

one of the things about E Mount versus A Mount is the lack of native super-Tele options.  I had the Tamron 200-500 for my a65 and it was amazing at the zoo (example below).  I took that lens and the Sigma 85 1.4 for closer and indoor shots to the DC zoo and loved it.

I did use the Tamron some on the Nex 5 with the LA-EA2 and it was pretty good, even without stabilization handheld.  I did take the 55-210 to the Phoenix zoo as well, and it gave me good shots on my Nex 3n.  it got me close enough in most cases.

a65 and Tamron 200-500 @500mm

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Sony 70-400mm G2 with LA-EA4, but since that isn't realistic for many because of the cost and or size:

I generally take my mirrorless camera with 85mm f/1.4 and another that has been IR converted with a 20-50mm. The 85mm covers most of my moderate tele needs (easily equivalent to the 200mm end of an 18-200mm if I crop the 85) and works great indoors as well. I have other lenses I use as well, but those two most of the time.

Sony doesn't have an 85mm f/1.4 or 1.8 yet, but one should be coming soon. Otherwise, I agree, an 18-200mm is a good only lens solution, and maybe have a 50mm f/1.8 for indoors or something. Another good set would be Sigma 2.8 trio.

Really, any lens will work. I find the style of zoo pictures I take depends on what lenses I take with me.

Eric

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Dandrewk Senior Member • Posts: 1,094
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This seems a good place to ask:  Any hope of an FE tele-convertor, 1.4x & 2.0x?

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Jabba23 Regular Member • Posts: 304
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EthanP99 wrote:

sigma 19

sony 35

55-210

should cover most of the shooting

for a zoo trip, i bring 100-400 or 70-400

but thats me

I second this one unless you intend to buy more lenses

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RonFrank
RonFrank Senior Member • Posts: 2,130
Re: Best lens for the Zoo?

I assume you are going to enjoy the animals rather than as a professional zoo photographer?

I generally bring, a flash.  A wireless flash or a cord is very valuable.

The 55-210mm is the lens you need, unless you need something else.

18-55mm

55-210mm

That covers a lot of ground.

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This is an old topic... but Iguess info still usefull. I took SEL18200 and SEL50F1.8 and found the SEL50F18 to be VERY usefull in the zoo. See below link with some pictures of both lenses.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3756874

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