nature and wildlife – Tourism in Austria

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equipment recommendation – What is my next step to upgrade my gear for wildlife photography?

I currently have an entry-level dSLR, the Canon EOS 4000D with two lenses: the EF 75-300f/4-5.6 III and an EF-S 18-55 f/4-5.6 III.

I’ve had this camera for 18 months and I feel I’ve outgrown this now (it was my very first camera). I’ve gotten into wildlife photography; birds, animals, insects, butterflies but I also enjoy landscapes as well (really whatever takes my fancy when out).

I have found that the camera and lenses I have just don’t zoom in and give the quality of images that I want. The images are not as clear and vivid as I would like and I can’t zoom in enough to make the images sharp and that look as good as I want. (I’m fairly sure it’s not my photography skills lol).

What would anyone recommend as the next step up? Should I be looking at swapping the camera body or system? Or should I be looking at my lenses, other gear, or technique?

focal length – Would an MFT to EF speedbooster on an MFT camera help me photograph and record backyard wildlife?

If, as you suggest in your comment to the question, you get a 120-600mm EF mount lens and attach it to a 0.64X speedbooster attached to a Micro Four-Thirds camera, it would give the same diagonal angle of view as a 96-480mm lens on the Canon 80D.

To get the same diagonal angle of view that you’re getting with 300mm on the Canon 80D (mentioned in your other question), you need a 240mm lens on a Micro Four-Thirds camera.

For any focal length, all you need to do is multiply the focal length of a MFT lens by 1.25X to get the lens you’d need for the same view on a Canon 1.6X APS-C body such as the 80D.

Conversely, you can take the focal length of any lens used on the Canon 80D and multiply it by 0.8X (which is the reciprocal of 1.25X) to see the focal length lens you’ll need to get the same diagonal angle of view on an MFT camera.

With a 0.64X speedbooster on the MFT camera the conversion factors are:

Multiply the the focal length of the lens attached to the speedbooster and MFT camera by 0.8 (0.64 x 1.25 = 0.8) to find the focal length you’d need to get the same angle of view on an 80D or other 1.6X APS-C camera.

Multiply the focal length of a lens used on the 80D by 1.25 (1/.64 x 0.8 = 1.25) to see what focal length lens you’d need to use to get the same angle of view when using a lens plus speedbooster on the MFT camera.

focal length – Using a speedbooster on a MFT camera. Intent is to photograph and record backyard wildlife. Budget friendly lens?

Ok, upon learning that an Olympus 12-200mm with a 16.6x zoom will not be produce an equivalent or better zoom range as a Canon 70-300mm, I now pose the question:

Would it make sense technically to use an MFT to EF mount speedbooster (metabones 0.64x) on my MFT camera with an EF lens to achive the zoom I want without crushing my wallet? I could possibly go as high as 1000.00US…I know, it’s not enough.

That’s another reason I like the MFT format is because the lenses are smaller, lighter and less expensive for the most part, however if an EF lens with a speedbooster will give me more zoom I should consider those too.

Why is this so confusing for me lol? I apologize for my ignorance. I know the math seems simple to you guys but it’s hard for me to grasp anything in the beginning. Give me time and I will get it, but right now I’m still working on ‘getting it’.

I know you guys are busy, so no rush or anything.

Thanks again guys/girls:)

olympus – Backyard wildlife zoom question factoring distance

I’m quite new to
photograhpy/videography and I only have a limited budget of $800.00US for a lens.

I am using an MFT camera (BMPCC4K) for video and the lens I am considering is the Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens mostly for it’s zoom capability of 16.6x. It has a 35mm equivalent of 0.46x magnification.

I will always be using this lens outside on sunny days and I will be shooting the video at 24 fps HD. I will always have it mounted on a sturdy tripod for this type of video shooting so IS is not an issue.

The distance from my tripods to the area where I take pictures and record video is approx 70 feet.

My concern is that I will not be able to get close up shots or acceptable video footage being 70 feet away- even with 16.6x zoom and the magnification (.46x 35mm equivalent) because of the smaller format camera and smaller MFT lens.

I have no experience shooting video with MFT lenses but I understand the 12-200mm is a consumer grade lens for wildlife photography and videography- according to the Olympus website and reviews I’ve watched and read.

My previous experience is with a Canon 80D (APS-C sensor) using a 70-300mm IS II USM consumer lens at 29.97 fps in HD.

With that lens I was able to get fairly close pictures and video when fully zoomed in (from 70 feet away) and I am hoping I will be able to get at least the same zoom result FOV with the Olympus 12-200mm on the MFT camera, when shooting video.

The idea is to shoot pics with the Canon 80D and shoot video with the BMPCC4K.

I have watched many videos and have read many reviews and I know the Olympus 12-200mm lens gets soft in the long range and unless it’s super blurry, it doesn’t matter to me that much.

I will be shooting video of our garden too and I understand this lens has a good minimum focus distance, which I hope will be adequate for getting flower and plant footage, but again I have no experience with this lens, so I really don’t know- which is why I’m here:).

Anyway, in a nutshell, I’m just hoping that with the proposed lens (Olympus 12-200mm) I will be able to zoom in and see the critters (squirrels and birds) fairly close like I can with my Canon 70-300mm.

To clarify a bit, I am not hoping to zoom in and see complex detail in bird feathers or look up a squirrels nose lol, but I’m hoping to get video footage of the animals’ bodies filling out the frame when zooming in from 70 feet away.

I’m sure this is a very basic thing to understand but I need to be sure, so I wanted to consult with professionals or at least someone who could assure me I’m getting a proper lens for my backyard video recording activities.

Thanks so much for your time and hope to hear back soon.

Stay safe:).

Which lens do you recommend for entry level bird and wildlife photography on Canon APS-C DSLRs?

Ignoring the specific lenses here, the question you’re really asking is “which is better, a general purpose ‘superzoom’ lens or a dedicated telephoto lens?” The answer to that is of course “they’re different”:

  • The superzoom lens (18-200 in your case) has the advantage that it has a very wide focal length range; it can do everything from landscape photos to some wildlife photos (see below for more on that). However, nothing in this world comes for free – the image quality won’t be as good as dedicated lenses, and you pay a premium for flexibility.
  • The dedicated telephoto lens will probably have better image quality for the range that it covers, and is cheaper.

Only you (or your son, or whoever’s paying) can decide which of those tradeoffs is right for you. Three notes though:

  1. You lose a lot of the value of an interchangeable lens camera if you only ever use one lens. Unless you’re in a sandstorm or under a waterfall, changing lenses isn’t a risky process so long as you’re moderately careful.
  2. While we in general don’t recommend specific products, I’m prepared to break that rule for the 75-300. Never, ever buy this lens – it’s image quality is awful and it doesn’t have image stabilisation. For a crop sensor camera like the 80D, you’re much better off getting the 55-250 and cropping the image.
  3. Even a 300mm probably isn’t going to let your son get good images of wildlife unless the wildlife is pretty tame; for bird photos in particular, you’ll be looking at 500mm+, but those lenses are much more expensive. Just setting expectations here.

wildlife – I miss my Pentax Spot-o-Matic but must choose a camera for amateur nature photography; get a new iPhone or an actual camera?

I need help deciding between a phone and an actual camera for amateur nature photography. I need something that can be ON by the time I’ve raised it and quick to focus when I’m in a hurry, and will be able to manage residual motion when I don’t have time to steady myself because the thing’s gonna fly away any second.

The main constraint is that I am relatively poor (by choice) and so this needs to be an either-or situation.

My background and context in photography come from these three cameras:

  1. Asahi/Pentax Spot-o-Matic with I think f/1.8 50 mm I didn’t care about grain, I shot kilograms of high ASA film, developed the B&W myself and dropped the ASA 400 Ektachrome off at the corner drug store. I was so happy with my photos!
  2. Sony DSC DSC-W55 (2007, 7.2 megapixels, NO Manual Mode, 3× optical zoom) ugh.
  3. iPhone 6 vanilla (i.e. no photo app, lots of fumbling with screen controls)

Case in point. I think this orange dragonfly species is either a younger version of the red or a cousin, but they are much, much more sensitive to motion and get spooked at much farther distances than the red one:

All photos from iPhone 6.

I have lots of blurry pictures of very colorful lizards running away because they’ve noticed that I’ve gotten too close, and some beautiful birds recognize my gaze and flee when they are only 100 pixels tall.

I need to decide soon if I should upgrade to an iPhone 11 or 12 with their better cameras than the 6 and actual optical zoom, or buy a used or new point-and-shoot or better actual camera.

Question: What are the key points I need to consider when choosing a point-and-shoot that I can use quickly with a fast lens (low f/no) and is also fast to focus and control, (used or new) and how can I compare that to getting an iPhone 11 or 12 with its better camera and optical zoom? Are there specific types of features that will allow people like me to shoot jumpy, skittish wildlife at a farther distance than I can do with my current phone?

Where can I find resources for researching animal behavior for Wildlife photography?

I’m wanting to dig into wildlife photography more intentionally. From what I’ve read on wildlife photography this means I need to learn about the animals I want to take pictures of. Specifically their behavior, what they eat, when they’re out, where they hang out in different seasons, how to not stress them, etc. However I’m struggling to know where to find the resources to get this kind of information on animals. Where are good resources for finding information specific to animal behavior? What are the right things to search for (online or in the library)? Is animal behavior the right term? How do I limit my search to what I need to know for wildlife photography without getting bogged down in unrelated, albeit valuable, topics?

Also, I’ve heard of people talking to biologists, but since I’m a very amateur photographer is this appropriate? And where are these biologists? I don’t want to be a bother to a biologist since I’m just a hobbyist.

Wildlife – Create a wireless real-time camera trap

I'm looking for a camera trap for viewing wildlife that can capture decent quality images (or even videos) to identify specific features. However, I need to be able to see the images in real time, so the camera needs a wireless connection to a receiving device like a phone.

I've been considering using FPV setup as used in drone racing, but the quality and range seem pretty low, and the strengths of an analog signal seem to be latency and FPS, which are not important to me both , It would be nice to have a digital signal to be able to edit something, eg. B. Save pictures. It would also be cool to connect several cameras to one device.

Are there any solutions to this problem? Would a Raspberry Pi / Arduino setup work in any way? Thank you so much!

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