Is it perfect for WildLife?

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    I just got a Sony G Lense 70-300. Now can I go for wild Life?? Actually I need a good zooming since I cant go too close of the subject.

    Also please advice me, how long it can zoom (say i want to keep a tiger's head only)?? I mean the distance between me and subject at this situation??

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    If you want to fill the frame with a tiger's head in the wild....a 300mm will probably get you eaten. If you are talking about zoo type pictures....300 will be as long as you need for 90% of the stuff and you'll find yourself on the 70mm end a lot too. As to how far to fill a tiger head with a 300mm.....I'd venture to say roughly 20 feet...maybe 25 tops.

    If you are shooting out in the actual wild, you'll quickly find that while you can get a lot of nice shots with a 300mm.....you'll wish it was longer often too.

    Oh, and if you have the lens....then why are you asking us? Put the lens on your camera, go outside and find an object about the size of a tiger head, and see how far away you can be and still fill the object in the viewfinder.
     
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    well, for a guidance, actually for such venture... i mean to take a tiger's action from a safe distance,(Not in zoo) what whould be my focal length/zoom??

    In this lense, i saw a guidance number saying in ft and meter. there before infinity, it is 50ft. means what??

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    I'd be shocked to find anybody trying to photograph a tiger from a safe distance with anything less than 500-600mm possibly with teleconverters as well. I know that you wouldn't catch me trying to photograph them with a 300mm lens. I would say as a minimum you need to be looking closer to the range of a 300mm f2.8 with 1.7-2.0tc for that kind of shooting.
     
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    I'd GLADLY take a picture of a tiger with a 300 mm lens. Even my f/4.5 Nikkor.
















    Just so long as there were bars between us, or it's stuffed.

    I definitely want some serious long glass. A 500mm f/4 with at least a 1.4X converter.

    Most times I can get within about 60-70 feet of most wildlife. A lot of the times I am crawling on the ground in full camo just to get a picture though. It can take up 2 hours to get into position to get a picture though. And that's IF the animal is not taking off on you.
     
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    so for safe shooting on WILD, i need 500 fixed from Sony or compatible other say 300-800 or more (not 35mm format, digital format...) right??

    And what about that guidance number??? on my lens's near to the focal ring stating 50ft...

    actually using this 300, i can start... but finally i will need extreem wild actions... thus i have to prepare from today (budget and equipment sourcing)... thus the advice...

    well, just let me know.. should i consider 300-800?? or just the reflex 500?? or yup... the more... the better....
     
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    It really depends what you are willing to do.

    For dangerous game like a tiger or bear, For me, it had best be in a zoo or stuffed.

    Otherwise, I want an ubber long glass and someone watching my back with a big cannon like a .460 Weatherby Magnum.


    For wildlife like deer, squirrel, turkey and other small game that is truly in the wild. It's about stalking skills and how you can get to them.

    I happen to spend a lot of time in full camo from head to toe belly crawling to get some of the wild life pictures I get. 50 feet from a truly wild wood duck is pretty good. 30-50 feet from a wild deer in farm country is also a heart stopper.

    Think of it as Archery season year round, but with a camera instead of a bow.
     
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    everything is ok... i can manage all camo and others... all my trouble is with exact lense for distance coverage... i'm gonna start with 300... let's see... if i fail, then i have to go for more... but then again i will prefer variable... instead of fixed... in bangladesh, i have plenty of scope still... just the proper cam+lens for distance cover... and camo is okey for me here... so for 35mm equivalant, for NOT the head only... but action... say a sitting duck, a deer running, a tiger's movement, etc... what should be... i mean the mm??? upto 800??? or 800+

    Anyway... let's check a bit... using the 300, let's make so try... then i'll post here again... in this same thread...
     
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    guys, it's strange to me... my cousine is using a Sony DSC Handy Cam with 60x optical zoom. I found his lens saying f1.8, 1.8-108mm. Well, 108/1.8 = 60x. Fine... but max focal length is 108mm right??? Now today i tried with his and my SLR. both on tripod, same place, same distance, and same target. but at 108mm (i mean full optical zoom, i.e. 60x), the picture was much more near than my SLR's full zoom (means 300mm). So i need an explanation plz....

    Yup, my one is not VDO cam, but still SLR. but i need the explanation on 108mm's zoom and 300mm's zoom. it was supposed to be at least half of mine... but how it could catch longer distance than my one???

    guys, please... need explanation...

    Guys... Need the reply.... plz...
     
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    guys, i now have a a200. I am planning to get a A700 or A900. I have a SAL70300G and no way to buy new lens but i can buy a new camera. I cannot loose the zoom coverage that i am getting now. like from a certain distance, i can fill the frame with a human head. but from same distance, can i have the same result if i use A900. My problem is, i can't loose the zoom i am getting. so A700/A900???

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    The Sony a900 is a full-frame CCD ... so you will lose the apparent focal length you would get from all other Sony models.
     
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    The captured image size will vary according to the size of the sensor.

    Video cameras have a smaller sensor ... same with a number of P&S cameras.
     

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