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Old Jan 8, 2011, 9:23 PM   #31
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TCav, that answered my next question, thanks. What size lens for "animate subjects" and for the "inanimate"? This talk of "mm" has me lost.
"mm" ("millimeter") refers to the focal length of a lens. The shorter the focal length of a lens, the more it bends light, so the wider the angle of view it has. A wider angle of view means you have to get closer to get the same magnification. A 50mm lens is good if you're photographing coins or stamps or watch parts. A 100mm lens is good for butterflies and toads. A 200mm lens is good for bees, hornets and poisonous snakes.
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Old Jan 8, 2011, 9:26 PM   #32
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with poisonous snakes that can strike, 200mm is still to short. I would go with a way longer lens for that macro subject
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With a $5K budget, I would go full frame rather than an APS-C DSLR. How about a Canon 5D MKII with a 24-105mm lens for about $3300 or just get the body for $2600 and pick the lens you want to go with it.
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Old Jan 8, 2011, 11:28 PM   #34
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Yup the would be a very good setup 5d MKII with the 24-105L and add the 900 dollar 100 2.8L macro that will bring you to about 4200 and you will have room to get cf card, bag, and a good flash. And still meet the 5K limit. Now if you need more reach, just add the 100-400L zoom lens. It will not give you as much reach as a zoom lens in the 300mm range, but you gain allot high image quality. And you are set well on the L lens path.
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Old Jan 9, 2011, 4:33 AM   #35
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Going 'Full Frame' means more expensive, bigger, heavier cameras and lenses (for equivalent angles of view), without much in the way of an up-side.

Plus, the wider angle of view means you'd need an even longer lens for those macro shots of poisonous snakes.
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Old Jan 9, 2011, 5:56 PM   #36
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Well ASP-c has the reach advantage.

Here is some info from Rudy Winston form Canon. I went to on of he free seminar. And he really break down the difference between the different canon 7d, 60, and T2i. It may be useful to help you decided. It help decided base on my shooting which was the best option for me between the 7D and 60D.

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Taken with the iPhone. Can't wait to have a decent camera set up as I get to see many reptiles, birds and other animals on my walks.





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I think I'd do best with a diaper cam for those pics...
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