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Jun 02, 2014 15:37 |  #16

Thanks guys. I took the 17-50 this time. Next time the long lens.


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Jun 02, 2014 16:00 |  #17

Frodge wrote in post #16945892 (external link)
What is a good focal length for the zoo? It will be the first time I'm taking a child there, so I'm not sure if I should take 17-50 or something like a 70-300.

Depends on the zoo really.

I've been to zoo's where 200mm was too long and I could get right on top of things.

I've been to zoo's where pavilions were huge, and a big Rhino was too far away for 200mm to do much.

So it can greatly vary.

I would take something that can do 200mm if you don't know the zoo at all, and maybe pack a 35mm/50mm capable zoom for the small stuff that is handled. If it's a zoo with big "lots" full of large animals, take the longest reaching lens you have and a monopod.

Edit: Doh, I see you already went. So what kind of zoo was it? What kind of pavilions?

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Jun 02, 2014 16:09 |  #18

Our zoo in Toronto has some wide open hilly areas where my kids like to run. I've taken some really nice photos of them with telephoto zooms like the 55-250mm and 70-300mm lenses. Lots of sun means that f/8 or smaller can be used.




  
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Jun 02, 2014 20:55 |  #19

I find for the Atlanta zoo, the Tamron 17-50 2.8 for inside exhibits and the 100-400 for outside.


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Jun 02, 2014 23:21 |  #20

Frodge wrote in post #16947079 (external link)
Thanks guys. I took the 17-50 this time. Next time the long lens.

why does it have to be one or the other? get a small bag, and take both next time...


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Jun 03, 2014 00:15 |  #21

These are from 3 days back, Edmonton Valley Zoo (all by 70-300VC):

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Jun 03, 2014 02:55 |  #22

Red Panda's are my favorite animal. Here are some with a 100L for comparison of distance desired.
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Jun 03, 2014 06:36 |  #23

I consciously cut down on lens selection when I visited Edinburgh Zoo last year. Here's what Lightroom tells me about that day out (5DII):

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Jun 03, 2014 06:44 as a reply to  @ xhack's post |  #24

I think it probably depends a lot on your zoo, I just looked at my pictures from the bronx zoo, all my photos were under 70mm, people,and animals.




  
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Jun 03, 2014 07:03 |  #25

We have a membership to the Detroit Zoo, and make 6-7 visits a year. For me, the 100-400L mounted on my 5D3 is the perfect lens. I will put the 40mm pancake in my pocket in case I want something wider. Occasionally, if I am feeling ambitious, I will bring along a small backpack and pack the 135L for some of the indoor exhibits.


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Jun 03, 2014 11:44 |  #26

Something not directly related:

Last weekend I was in south Florida. Visited the Everglades, and even though there were not many birds there at this time of the year (water dried out), it was fun to shoot, and I really enjoyed my photos. The next day - Flamingo Gardens in Ft. Lauderdale. A lot of exotic birds, but I did not like a single shot from there. These birds were in captivity. I do not know how to explain that, but they did not look "happy". I thought of zoos that I visited in many places, from Moscow to San Diego, and I realized that I have the same feeling when looking at the photos. I do not think I will ever take a camera to a zoo again.


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