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Hello, I am new to this site, and DSLR cameras. I have so many questions, but I am going to only ask one for right now and try to read previous posts for answers to the others..

I bought a Sony DSLR-a200, with the 18-70mm lens. I am wanting to purchase another lens and I am not sure what lens I should go with. My main thing right now that I would really like to get pictures of is wildlife and outdoors. My fiancee and I both bow hunt, he also does taxidermy. We love the outdoors and animals, and I would love to be able to take pictures of deer, turkeys, and many other things I see when sitting out in the woods..

I was thinking of the SAL-75300. I have read some reviews and wonder if this will get the closeup detail I am wanting to capture. Some reviews were saying that you should really try to get a lens that goes out to 400 or 500. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks..

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The sound of a dSLR will frighten wildlife. Your first pic needs to be done carefully, because it will be your last pic. You need a silent camera to do what you are wanting..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #1

Outdoornikki wrote:.

We love the outdoors and animals, and I would loveto be able to take pictures of deer, turkeys, and many other things Isee when sitting out in the woods..

I was thinking of the SAL-75300. I have read some reviews and wonderif this will get the closeup detail I am wanting to capture. Somereviews were saying that you should really try to get a lens thatgoes out to 400 or 500..

With wildlife, you almost never have a lens that's too long. Most of the 7x-300 zooms are a bit unsharp at 300mm, particularly in low contrast situations. In any case, even with the built-in stabilization of the A200, you might want to have some kind of lens support: a tripod or even a bean bag to brace the lens on a branch..

This is one case where quality, reach, and price are pretty much directly correlated. In addition to the Sony 75-300, you can consider:.

Sigma 70-300 APO macroSigma 135-400Sigma 100-300 EXSigma 50-500mm EX (aka the bigma).

Erik..

Comment #2

I am not familiar with the Sony 75-300 lens that you mention, but it is probably a good starting point. You will get better advice on the Sony SLR forum..

You can never have a long enough lens for wildlife, but lenses over 300mm can get very expensive and very heavy. Unless you are shooting very large animals (and you may be), you have to get very close to get good shots at 300mm, e.g. 5-10 ft for a small bird. 50-100 yards may be OK for a large deer. So don't expect miracles..

Don't worry about noise - virtually all of the wildlife enthusiasts on these forums use DSLRs.Chris R..

Comment #3

That's not necessarily correct. I have gotten good pictures a wildlife without a silent camera. It's not like you are going to be 20 ft away in most cases..

Olympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #4

That's a good start. Also get a SAL20TC 2x extender AND A GOOD LIGHT TRIPOD..

JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #5

Maddogmd11 wrote:.

That's not necessarily correct. I have gotten good pictures awildlife without a silent camera. It's not like you are going to be20 ft away in most cases..

I guess I should have been more explicit about the size vs distance issue? Some types of wildlife are VERY shy and even a small noise will cause them to vamoose..

Even large animals can have excellent hearing. Pros use "sound blankets" wrapped around their dSLRs!.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #6

Erik Magnuson wrote:.

Outdoornikki wrote:.

We love the outdoors and animals, and I would loveto be able to take pictures of deer, turkeys, and many other things Isee when sitting out in the woods..

I was thinking of the SAL-75300. I have read some reviews and wonderif this will get the closeup detail I am wanting to capture. Somereviews were saying that you should really try to get a lens thatgoes out to 400 or 500..

With wildlife, you almost never have a lens that's too long. Most ofthe 7x-300 zooms are a bit unsharp at 300mm, particularly in lowcontrast situations. In any case, even with the built-instabilization of the A200, you might want to have some kind of lenssupport: a tripod or even a bean bag to brace the lens on a branch..

This is one case where quality, reach, and price are pretty muchdirectly correlated. In addition to the Sony 75-300, you can consider:.

Sigma 70-300 APO macroSigma 135-400Sigma 100-300 EXSigma 50-500mm EX (aka the bigma).

Plus the Sony 70-300mm G SSM!.

If you do not mind the weird donut bokeh then the Sony 500mm F8 Reflex would be a fun lens to use - much lighter than any other super-telephoto lens..

Stuart / the Two Truthshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/two_truths/http://two-truths.deviantart.com/gallery/..

Comment #7

Maddogmd11 wrote:.

That's a good start. Also get a SAL20TC 2x extender AND A GOOD LIGHTTRIPOD..

Nonono! The SAL20TC convertor is only for the SSM lenses. You should be able to use that with the 70-300mm G SSM though..

Http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/TC/index.asp.

Stuart / the Two Truthshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/two_truths/http://two-truths.deviantart.com/gallery/..

Comment #8

As with all forms of photography, there are different levels to which you can go with wilderness / wildlife photography. Very tricky wildlife photography will require very heavy lenses, and equally heavy tripods..

If you are not looking for anything too pricey then a better super zoom than the Sony 75-300mm would be Sigma's 70-300mm EX. Sony also have a much better super-zoom, their new 70-300mm G SSM, which focuses faster & more quietly, is much sharper, with better bokeh and colours, and is better built..

An unusual lens on the Sony Alpha mount is the 500mm F8 reflex. It is the only reflex lens around that can autofocus! It's aperture is fixed at F8, which is pretty dark, and it produces weird donut-shaped bokeh. However; it is much lighter and a tad cheaper than any normal 500mm lens available to you..

A very good upgrade for your 18-70mm kit lens would be the Sony 18-250mm. This all-purpose ultra-zoom lens is great for travelling..

However; if you are very serious about wildlife photography then a good lens to get would be something like the Sigma "bigma" 50-500mm. Such lenses are heavy and expensive. If you also want to also take landscape photography seriously then you will need a decent ultra-wide lens too, e.g. Sony 11-18mm..

Stuart / the Two Truthshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/two_truths/http://two-truths.deviantart.com/gallery/..

Comment #9

I am new also.... trying to learn... I have the Sony 70-300...What is theSAL20TC convertorThanks Ron..

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