Went to the Zoo last weekend with a photogroup. It was fun.. Planning to go again soon.
Some of the group had a terrible time with their Small Sensor P&S, lots of blurred shots, the flash firing and glaring off the glass and lighting up the fencing of the cages. the fencing clearly in focus !
Brought along my 200-400 F5.6 Tamron and my D7000 and got some nice shots. However, I had a few issues too. That lens was way too long for some of the large animals. even for the smaller animals Its close focus was not too close and I had to step back and get blocked by the crowd. Had a lot of blured shots and I had to up the shutter speed bec. I was hand holding that beast of a lens. That caused the the aperture to go down and loose sharpness and miss focus due to the thin DOF. ISO also went up causing noise to increase. Made me wonder if my 18-200 or even the 150 macro + 1.4TC would have been better! another of the group took his 28-300 FX with a D7000. That seemed a great combination and he had a lot of good shots! It was a fun day nevertheless and I probably stayed too long at certain enclosures cos I missed out on more than half the place!
I guess the question is, how do you guys meet the many challenges of Zoo Photography? If possible please highlight some challenges that you have met, so that I can be more prepared the next time I go there.
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Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome! Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.