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What would you take with you if..

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by smodak, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. smodak


    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    you were going to a Zoo and you had (lenses are Nikkor unless otherwise mentioned)

    80-200 2.8 2 ring
    80-400 VR
    18-200 VR
    35-70 2.8
    17-50 2.8 Tamron
    12-24 Sigma
    18-70 DX
    70-300 G (Not VR)

    10.5 Fisheye
    35 F2
    50 1.8 & 1.4
    85 1.8
    105 Sigma Macro
    105 DC
    180 F2.8
    30 f1.4 Sigma





    Anything else???

    Please suggest one body and a max of two lenses (one preferred)

    I am leaning towards the either the 80-400 VR or the 80-200 with a monopod and D2H and no flash...

    Roger Williams Park Zoo, RI.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 3, 2007
  2. Last time I went to the zoo, I took my 80-200, with 1.4x TC and had a blast. I was also chasing a 2yr old around, and knew I wouldn't be using any type of supports (tripod/monopod). I got some lovely shots. :smile:
  3. Go with the 80-200 and a TC if you have one, but if it is a nice bright day you can go with the 80-400VR unless you are doing some shooting inside those reptile huts where lighting is a pain, even with flash.
  4. Enjoy yourself. Keep it light, keep it simple.

    d200, 80-200/2.8, monopod.
  5. Yep, agreed with Frank (except for the monopod). I would prefer the 80-200 over the 80-400 b/c of bigger aperature and better subject isolation.
  6. smodak


    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    UF, I bought the 180 after seeing your zoo shots...I thought you would advice me to take that ;) 
  7. smodak


    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    What TC did you use with the 80-200? I do not have the AF-S and so cannot use the Nikon one.
  8. Of that kit, I'd take the 80-200 and the fisheye. If you're going with kids, you might consider the 18-200 instead of the 80-200, since you will (a) need one eye and one hand to keep track of the kids, and (b) you probably will want to take some pictures of them too, and then you'll want the additional flexibility.
  9. I was trying to keep it as simple as possible. If you take the 180, you'll need to bring along a second lens. Your 50/1.4 would probably be the best complement for zoo shooting.

    As far as a teleconverter is concerned, the Kenko TCs will work with non-AFS lenses. I have the Kenko 1.4x Teleplus Pro 300 Teleconverter, but I prefer the renderings of the native lens.
  10. The 70-300 VR

    proved to be the perfect companion at the zoo: The 300mm reach was necessary as some animals are quite small, and some sat farther back from the fence. The AF-S focusing meant I didn't miss a shot when shooting birds in flight or animals at play and the VR proved indispensable allowing me to steal shots one-handed in rather awkward positions. As the 70-300 VR is rather light on weight, I let it swing around my neck all-day long without once needing a break. Here is a repeat of the samples posted in an earlier thread:









  11. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    I agree, the 70-300 VR would be a good choice...but I didn't see it on his list.

    The 180 would be great, but it does limit you if you want to take a wider shot. I would suggest the 80-200 as well and just have fun! If you can't get close enough, you can always crop the shot later. :biggrin:
  12. smodak


    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    Cool shots Daniel...the problem is I do not have this lens...I do have the older 70-300 G though :) 
  13. smodak


    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    What can 70-300 VR give me (other than being lightweight) that the 80-400 VR cannot ?
  14. Sorry smodak, didn't read your list carefully. I think the 80-400 would be an excellant choice - at the zoo the more the reach the better - but I suppose that depends on the zoo, the types of animals you will be shooting, etc. The 80-200 is also an excellant choice (as mentioned by previous posters) offering a fast apeture to help isolate animals (sometimes fencing and other junk behind the subject ruin a good picture) as well as too shot when lighting conditions are less the adequate (a good reason for fast apeture is indoor repitle exhibits, etc).
  15. smodak


    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    Do you guys suggest shooting wide open

    with the 80-200 (for isolation) or stop it down just a hair (f4) (for outside animals)? My 80-200 is not as sharp wide open as my 180....
  16. Hmm, i dunno

    is there anyway you can test it our around the house with pets ? I have used my dog to experiment with aperture and focusing to get a good feel for a lens before going to the zoo.
  17. Gandalf


    Nov 15, 2006
    Last trip to the zoo I took the 80-400 and was glad I did. I like to shoot close-ups. Very sunny day, most of the animals outside. Inside I probably would have needed a 2.8 or better.
  18. Maybe you can get an idea from my San Francisco Zoo gallery. It includes shots from several visits. Everything that wasn't taken with my 180/2.8 or the 300/4 that I borrowed from Philippe was taken with an 80-200/2.8.

  19. docshank


    Feb 24, 2007
    Uncle Frank : Very Nice Zoo Pix

    I especially liked the ones taken with the 180mm, they have a look of their own. I'm glad I bought this lens.
  20. smodak


    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    I decided to take just the 80-200....

    few pics...
    NIKON D200    ---    200mm    f/2.8    1/250s    ISO 720

    NIKON D200    ---    200mm    f/2.8    1/400s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    200mm    f/4.0    1/250s    ISO 140

    NIKON D200    ---    120mm    f/2.8    1/250s    ISO 280

    NIKON D200    ---    200mm    f/2.8    1/320s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    200mm    f/2.8    1/250s    ISO 160

    NIKON D200    ---    200mm    f/2.8    1/750s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    135mm    f/2.8    1/250s    ISO 250

    NIKON D200    ---    80mm    f/2.8    1/640s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    200mm    f/4.0    1/800s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    105mm    f/2.8    1/180s    ISO 1600

    NIKON D200    ---    80mm    f/2.8    1/640s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    112mm    f/2.8    1/320s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    112mm    f/2.8    1/640s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    80mm    f/2.8    1/250s    ISO 720

    NIKON D200    ---    200mm    f/2.8    1/250s    ISO 220

    NIKON D200    ---    86mm    f/10.0    1/160s    ISO 1600

    NIKON D200    ---    100mm    f/2.8    1/250s    ISO 560

    NIKON D200    ---    145mm    f/3.5    1/250s    ISO 320

    NIKON D200    ---    145mm    f/3.5    1/250s    ISO 140

    NIKON D200    ---    200mm    f/2.8    1/500s    ISO 100
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