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May 17, 2012 17:41 |  #16

I always take my monopod even if my lens has IS.


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May 17, 2012 17:48 |  #17
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I would be worried about the monkeys in the zoo, they almost snatched my camera




  
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May 17, 2012 21:44 |  #18

Last time I was at Point Defiance zoo, I had my DRebel (300D) and a 28-105 lens. There were a few times I wish I had some longer reach. I don't remember wishing I had a wider aperture lens, however, carrying your 50 1.8 isn't going to break your back, either.

I'd go with the body, the two lenses and probably leave the mono-/tri-pods at home (or in the car, where you can pop out to get one if you really need it).


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May 17, 2012 22:35 as a reply to  @ post 14447491 |  #19

Take both lenses, but longer is better. You'll wish you had more when you get there, because you never know what will happen.

I got mooned by a duck just today at the zoo.

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May 17, 2012 22:38 |  #20

The longer the better at a zoo.

No tripod/monopod needed... Generally it is bright enough to not need shutter speeds lower then the 1/FL rule... Even at f/4 or f/5.6 you should be in the 1/500+ range. Plenty fast enough to take away any camera shake.


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May 18, 2012 14:37 |  #21

Well, the monopod was my suggestion. My reason for suggesting it was that you are often holding the camera waiting for a critter to get to a specific "pose" -- they tend to fidget around and often it takes time before they have a good position, and during that time you are standing with your eye to the viewfinder. A monopod can help to keep things steady as you are waiting.

As to the light allowing a fast enough shutter speed when shooting at a 200mm focal length, well, that depends on the light available, of course.

Here is a shot of an injured bald eagle. I couldn't get a "special" shot, and, since it was missing an eye I wanted a shot of its "good" side, so waited, clicked a few, this one isn't "great" but at least I got the good eye.

Anyway, I had my 70-200 f/2.8 lens opened to f/4, I shot at ISO 400, still my shutter speed was down to 1/200 sec. I was shooting with a 1.3 crop body, so the shutter speed was slower than 1/fl x crop factor. And yeah, it may be a bit overexposed considering the white feathers, but the point is that you can't be guaranteed great light:

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May 18, 2012 19:24 |  #22

Well a few of mine while I'm here.

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May 19, 2012 08:27 |  #23

A lot depends on how close you're willing to get to the animals. A good wide angle is perfect for those jump-the-fence, try not to get eaten shots.


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May 20, 2012 09:16 |  #24

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

I strongly disagree with this. 105mm won't get you much at a zoo unless it's photos of your family you are at the zoo with. When I went to my local zoo, I took my 50-500 Sigma.




  
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May 21, 2012 01:55 |  #25

Big apertures give narrow depth of feild, allowing you to make the cage fencing become so out of focus it simply disappears and the subject in clear focus, but at the risk of overexposure if you can't get fast enough shutter speed . do you have any filters? I would also definitely recommend the monopod over the tripod. Have fun.


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May 27, 2012 18:05 as a reply to  @ birdfromboat's post |  #26

a telephoto is crucial in my opinion. I would even say something longer than 200mm if you're on a FF. I took this with a 70-300is on my XSi.

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May 27, 2012 18:14 |  #27

I take at least a 300mm.


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May 28, 2012 04:56 |  #28

MaxSteel wrote in post #14492637 (external link)
a telephoto is crucial in my opinion. I would even say something longer than 200mm if you're on a FF. I took this with a 70-300is on my XSi.

most of my zoo pics are also longer than 200mm




  
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May 28, 2012 23:07 |  #29

Of the two lenses you list--the 70-200mm f4 L is the better choice if you'll only be taking one lens. Even if it's a good day the displays and shadows will require that you shoot at the higher ISO's. I went to Port Defiance Zoo earlier this year and I found that with a 200mm 2.8L--I was still using ISO 640, 800, 1600 (overcast day) to get the lens speed up to a reasonable level (shooting hand held).


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May 29, 2012 15:22 |  #30

watt100 wrote in post #14494585 (external link)
most of my zoo pics are also longer than 200mm

Mine also ..


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