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Birds and Wildlife with just a 50mm, possible or impossible?

 
ericm678
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Mar 14, 2013 14:51 |  #1

On my way home from work i took a different road and noticed alot of geese hanging out near the river bank. I didn't want to startle them or scare them off, so i quietly got out of the truck with my 40D and 50 1.8 in hand and attempted to see what i can do. I plan on getting the 85 1.8 soon, and later a 70-200. i noticed if i were standing up the shadow and size of me would intimidate them and they'd start to walk away. so i kneeled down for most of em, and got suprisingly close (about 4-5 feet?)

Now keep in mind i don't shoot alot of birds or wildlife as much as i'd like. I want to learn to make it work with what i have.

forgive me if the title is misleading, i'm sure there are many photographers who've done much better with much less. If you have any with the 50 or wider that worked out well, please post, i'd like to see how it turned out :)

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Mar 14, 2013 16:18 |  #2

As I'm sure everyone will agree that with a given set of circumstances, anything will work. But also willing to bet that w/ birding, you only achieve frustration and/or disappointment the vast majority of time. At least that 200 wil be needed for any degree of success. My opinion.


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Mar 14, 2013 16:29 as a reply to  @ ardeekay's post |  #3

that's what i figured, the person who owned my 40D used it mostly for wildlife, but he also had numerous other telephotos/telephoto zooms.

thanks for the response


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Mar 14, 2013 16:35 |  #4

Geese (at least the ones in the city) are not a good yardstick with which to measure wildlife behavior. They are typically conditioned to humans, since they are often fed by humans. It is not uncommon to walk up to the edge of a pond and have all the ducks and geese come scrambling out of the water looking for a handout. I don't think you are going to have much luck with a 50mm lens except in these kinds of atypical circumstances.


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Mar 14, 2013 16:49 as a reply to  @ Scrumhalf's post |  #5

Whilst I agree with the above sentiments, I think your second shot is good. Remember, you take the shots that you like, if others like them too, that's a bonus :)




  
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Mar 14, 2013 17:55 |  #6

2slo wrote in post #15715655 (external link)
Whilst I agree with the above sentiments, I think your second shot is good. Remember, you take the shots that you like, if others like them too, that's a bonus :)

Those birds aren't "wildlife" though either... :)


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Mar 14, 2013 18:19 |  #7

To the OP's question...A robin in a tree at 30 feet with a 50mm is going to be a disappointment.
You are going to want to shoot more than tame geese. Go longer. 70-200, 300,400, converters,the list keeps growing.:)


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Mar 14, 2013 18:41 |  #8

You'll be able to get some wildlife and include a lot of their habitat in the pics with a 50, but like said, you'll need a lot longer if you're trying to focus just on the bird/animal. I shoot with a 400 all the time and I still crop pretty significantly a lot of the time.

You'll still be able to get good shots, just don't think you'll be getting close-ups.

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Mar 14, 2013 19:20 as a reply to  @ Q-Man's post |  #9

Anything is possible as long as you show patience and have a little bit of luck. I've had my run-ins with Hawks with prey and was able to get full frame shots at 140mm but I could have got closer if I wanted. A low profile seems to make birds less skittish as you learned with these Geese.

I prefer using longer focal lengths though (500mm+) because it offers a more natural shot because they aren't worried about me and my camera. ;)


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