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May 17, 2012 11:23 |  #1

I want to get up to the zoo soon... what lens is good to take? I have the 70-200 4.5L lens.. but its not IS.. do i need to take the tripod.. i really dont want to..t hen i do have my KIT lens plus the 50mm 1.8... i dont want to haul abunch of stuff around..




  
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May 17, 2012 11:27 |  #2

Are you talking about the Portland Zoo? I see PNW in your profile.




  
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May 17, 2012 11:32 |  #3

No to the tripod. Take the 50 1.8 as you might want it in the indoor enclosures.




  
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May 17, 2012 11:35 |  #4

No i was going to go to the Point defience Zoo in Tacoma




  
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May 17, 2012 11:36 |  #5

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No i was going to go to the Point defience Zoo in Tacoma

Thats good info to add, I have never been there so cant comment, but I would guess no to the tripod.




  
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May 17, 2012 11:38 |  #6

Leave the tripod at home. It will get in people's way.
Take the long zoom for the outdoors stuff, use the prime for the indoor stuff.


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May 17, 2012 11:39 |  #7

thanks. i see our weather is changing so will go on a decent day.. if i dont get up there this weekend!




  
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May 17, 2012 13:46 as a reply to  @ photocopy's post |  #8

Heck no on the tripod, and no on the 70-200. Not sure what your kit lens is, but either that or the 50 1.8. The less you have to carry around the better.

For zoo outings, the 24-105 with a FF body is unbeatable IMHO.


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May 17, 2012 13:56 |  #9

I see photographers all the time at the National Zoo (DC) with tripods. They just stand close and make sure no one bumps it into the lion pit. :) I would take the 70-200 and thats it, assuming youre going just to take photos. If youre going on a family outing, Id still take the 70-200. :D


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May 17, 2012 14:01 as a reply to  @ JakAHearts's post |  #10

Yup I would take the 70-200, not sure what you have thats inside thats worth shooting, most everything inside is behind glass too. Take advantage of the good weather and stay outside :)




  
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May 17, 2012 14:27 |  #11

I've used a monopod at a zoo with good results -- it's less "in the way" than a tripod and still gives you the bit of stability when you are standing and waiting for "the shot".

As to a lens, I'd say definitely the 70-200 for outdoors shooting. But for indoors shooting your 50 will get better low-light shots, and that matters!


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May 17, 2012 14:35 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #12

Maybe look for a 2x converter also. Sounds like a good reason to get some new equipment..:)


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May 17, 2012 14:36 |  #13
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I once had my 500L with me in the Bronx Zoo...:)


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May 17, 2012 14:39 |  #14

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I once had my 500L with me in the Bronx Zoo...:)

I think 90% of my zoo shots are at 400.. I wish I had a 500 to bring. That would be sweet....

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May 17, 2012 17:24 |  #15

The 70-200m f/4 is rather light , so with good light I don't see the reason for a tripod (outdoors) .
You might go with a monopod , if you feel like you need it .


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