Lenses

Bird Watching (UK) - - Part One -

With a DSLR, you’re go­ing to need a lens or two as well. Lens sizes are given in mm (the fo­cal length) and range from 10-1200mm. For bird pho­tog­ra­phy you are go­ing to want some­thing 300mm and above, es­pe­cially to pho­to­graph some of the UK’S smaller sub­jects and cre­ate won­der­ful, frame­fill­ing por­traits. Lenses come in a va­ri­ety of types, from a 300mm fixed to a zoom vari­ant like 70-300mm. Zooms give bet­ter flex­i­bil­ity in fram­ing, while (pound for pound) fixed lenses tend to have bet­ter sharp­ness, op­ti­cal qual­ity and speed of fo­cus – which is why most pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers opt for these. An ex­cel­lent starter is a 300mm f4 lens. Of­fer­ing great per­for­mance, AF and sharp­ness at a rea­son­able price, es­pe­cially a good sec­ond­hand model. In ad­di­tion, you’ll most likely want some­thing with a wider an­gle for scenic and land­scape shots – the sup­plied kit lens with most DSLRS, 18-55mm, are great starters, but for a lit­tle more range some­thing of 24120mm might give you more scope. Al­ways in­vest in top qual­ity me­mory cards, they are less likely to cor­rupt, re­sult­ing in the loss of im­ages.

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