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Old Jan 2, 2013, 4:04 PM   #3
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I agree the FZ200 might be the best option. Wildlife photography generally requires long lenses. I'm guessing whatever camera/lens is used you'r still likely to get poor results of birds in a cliff. Let me help set expectations though. When I used to shoot birds at a bird house I did so with a 520mm equivalent lens from about 12 feet away. If you have a house/feeder and your wife doesn't want to spend the time to get closer than 30 feet from it she's going to have a difficult time at the hobby. Which is why I think the FZ200 is probably the best approach. Buying an interchangeable lens camera doesn't make much sense - too expensive to get long focal length - especially when you can't get close. 600mm is a definite plus - but it's amazing how close you have to be to get consistently quality shots.
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