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What is the best lens for Mokeying?

 
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Dec 01, 2013 05:54 |  #1

I know there are alot of birders on here, but what lens would be good for shooting monkeys in the wild? Mostly portrait style shooting?

The one you have with you! :lol:

OK, that is a bad joke, but I am so excited. The other day on a canoe trip through a river we came across some wild monkeys and I had a 135 and a 1.4TC in my bag. I couldn't get them on fast enough. This may not be a big deal to a lot of people in alot of places, but in Florida, coming across monkeys on a river canoe trip is pretty unlikely and man was I happy I had the TC in my bag as well. Check it out.

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And I have a bunch in this set:
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Anyway, I thought that was really cool and wanted to share.

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Dec 01, 2013 13:17 |  #2

Very cool! Especially in Florida! They're not native there, so I'm guessing a zoo or sanctuary or something, perhaps?

I shot the below image many years ago, on slow film in a dark rain forest with flash and what proved to be a pretty poor quality 200mm lens...

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... At the Monkey Forest Temple in Bali, Indonesia. I'd sure like to go back and reshoot with the gear I have now! Where this was shot, the macaques are pretty tame... maybe too tame. They love to beg from the visitors and approach pretty close. A German tourist learned the hard way not to keep bananas in a pants pocket. One of the more aggressive monkeys tried to steal a snack and the tourist's shorts ended up down around his ankles! :D

You got some great shots and are right about always having a TC with you! I'd mark the spot and go back, if it were me. I'd try to (safely) get some shots of the monkeys being aggressive and giving warning snarls... they have a nasty big set of canines!

Not sure what camera you were using, but the second, third and fourth shots would have been good to have 7D with it's higher precision Spot Focus (reduced size AF point), which is great to shoot past branches and tree trunks. (I just looked at the EXIT and see you were using 60D.... good thing to have the crop sensor camera with it's "extra reach" too).

My "walk around" kit with 7D is 10-22, 28-135 IS, 60/2.0 macro, 300/4 IS and 1.4X TC. For full frame it's 20/2.8, 24-70/2.8, 135/2, 300/4 IS and 1.4X. In both kits I usually have a set of macro extension tubes, flash and off camera shoe cord, too.

Can you image what the shots look like, made by those other folks seen in some of your shots, using their camera phones? :rolleyes:

p.s. Your headline for this post... at first I was wondering what "Mokeying" was ;)

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Dec 01, 2013 13:38 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #3

a lens with fast ape-perture :lol:

I like #2. I has a Planet of the Apes kind of look.


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Dec 01, 2013 13:39 |  #4

Great shots!


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Dec 01, 2013 14:41 |  #5

Dear Nick,

I enjoyed the pictures but really wish you hadn't been able to take them.

Monkeys are not native to Florida. They are another introduced specie, like pythons, that is doing damage to the native fish and wildlife. Eventually the native species will be pushed out all because doofuses decided to release pets into wild.

Like I said, I enjoyed the pictures but next time please take a .22 with you and do some clean up work! ;)

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Tim Murphy :)


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Dec 01, 2013 18:42 |  #6

Shooting monkeys in the wild!

The last shot is my favourite. Very nice but, as above, very wrong.

Good job you had a fast prime-ate with you, 135 + 1.4TC is a great combo. Made for a nice marmoset of images, no howlers here!




  
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Dec 01, 2013 18:42 |  #7

Canajun wrote in post #16492986 (external link)
a lens with fast ape-perture :lol:.

You win the thread:lol:


That is in the Ocala national forest, not a zoo or sanctuary. A mishap in the 30's released some in the wild and now they have a population in the forest of around 1000, which made seeing them super cool considering we saw about 35 and the forest is HUGE.

Tim, Florida is king of misplaced species of plants and animals. 1000 monkeys are the least of our worries. Snake fish are a problem, you are required by law to kill if you catch it.


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Dec 01, 2013 18:48 |  #8

amfoto1 wrote in post #16492941 (external link)
Can you image what the shots look like, made by those other folks seen in some of your shots, using their camera phones? :rolleyes:

p.s. Your headline for this post... at first I was wondering what "Mokeying" was ;)

The other folks was my wife and son in the canoe with me and she was recording video on her iphone of them hopping around to send to some people to share the moment, not trying to submit to Natgeo:lol: I took that pic to prove that we were in a canoe in the wild and not at a zoo!


Yeah, I figured the birding guys are always talking about lenses, but what about lenses for "monkeying":lol:


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Dec 01, 2013 19:05 |  #9

Nice work!!




  
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