Equipment Needed for Bird Photography

The nice thing about bird photography is that it can happen anywhere on our beautiful globe. The not so nice thing is that birds are small or shy, and you need to be able to get close enough with your equipment. In this article, we will be looking at the ideal equipment for bird photography. We will also be having a quick look at how to use this equipment.

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Photo courtesy of Bob Elsdale

Camera body

We live in the world of digital photography, and therefore we will only be discussing digital camera bodies. I am also a really big Canon fan, so I will talk Canon, and you can translate it to other manufacturers if you need to.

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Pentax Optio M10

Pentax Optio M10 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 15.02.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35-105mm) and a 2.5″ LCD screen. It’s measuring 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.0 inches (89 x 60 x 25mm), 120 g (4.2 oz) and it’s able to take up to 900 shots with lithium AA batteries as the Optio M10 incorporates an ultra-efficient power management system.

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>> REVIEWS (last update: 10.03.06)

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Ricoh Caplio R30 – Review @ CNET

Steven Deare has posted his review on Ricoh Caplio R30 at CNET Australia. The Ricoh Caplio R30 is a point-and-shoot digital camera equipped with a 5.7x optical wide zoom equivalent to 28-160mm in 35mm camera format with 5.13 megapixels CCD and 2.5-inch large-scale LCD

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“Pros: Small enough to carry around in your pocket, Customisable LCD screen, 5.7x optical zoom lens, High sensitivity and skew correction modes, Good battery life, Controls consistent with those of past Ricoh models.
Cons: No support for USB 2.0, Full-press auto mode yields blurry images

The Bottom line: While it may not have a single standout feature, the R30 is a solid performer in a crowded 5 megapixel digital camera market.”

>> Ricoh Caplio R30 Review Roundup
>> Ricoh Caplio R30 Latest Price

Kodak EasyShare One – Review @ ImagingResource

Imaging resource has recently posted a review on Kodak EasyShare-One, a point-and-shoot digital camera with 4.0 megapixel CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom, and a huge 3″ LCD Screen.

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“Kodak’s EasyShare digicams always make it easy to take pictures, but the EasyShare-One makes it a breeze to share them. Not just at home within reach of your computer, but anywhere you can find a WiFi connection that gets you on the Web. The EasyShare-One’s fully automatic exposure control makes it rewarding to share, too, performing surprisingly well in a wide variety of conditions and requiring less exposure adjustment or tweaking than most or its competitors. For difficult shots, a wide range of Scene modes set the camera’s capabilities for you. Tiny, compact, and super-stylish, the Kodak EasyShare-One is perfect for people who just want to take pictures and pass them around, as well as more experienced users looking for a new way to share their shots.”

>> Kodak EasyShare-One Latest Price

Canon PowerShot SD430 – Review @ Pocketlint

PocketLint has recently posted their review on Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH, a 5.0 megapixels (CCD) digital camera with 3x optical zoom ( 35-105mm f/2.8-4.9), 2.0″ Color LCD with Night Display Control and a built-in wireless control for image transfer and printing.

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“The SD430 Wireless looks pricey, but the extra cash is buying you that Wi-Fi kit, the adapters and clever software. The camera part of the equation is however, a fairly mediocre affair, built to Canon’s usual high standards, filled with great kit but at the end of the day the images are not that much better than similar, cheaper cameras with the same resolution.

If the Wi-Fi connectivity is critical for what you’re going to be doing with the digital camera (and you’re a Windows user) then the extra cash might be worth it. If Wi-Fi is not a particularly important then save your cash, the extra cost of the Wi-Fi will be surplus to your requirements so save your money.”

>> Canon PowerShot SD430 Review Roundup
>> Canon PowerShot SD430 Latest Price

Most Expensive Photograph

A photograph of ‘Pond’ shot by Edward Steichen more that 100 years ago in Long Ingland is sold for $2.9 Million at Auction. This easily setting a world record for the highest-priced photograph ever auctioned.

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According to Sotheby’s spokesman – Matthew Weigman, the photograph was sold for $2,928,000, including the buyer’s premium, to Peter MacGill, of Pace/MacGill Gallery, on behalf of a private collector.

Source: ABC News

Tamron 28-200mm & Tamron 70-300 Upgrades

Tamron has recently upgraded 2 of their zoom lenses. Both Tamrom AF28-200mm f/3.8 – 5.6 XR Aspherical (IF) Macro and Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD 1:2 macro are now available in Di series.

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Sony Cybershot DSC-S600 – Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at Steve’s Digicams. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 is a 6.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom (31-93mm) and and 2″ LCD screen.

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“The Sony Cyber-shot S600 is a very good all-around performer. It shuns ultra compact styling and the trend of providing a 2 1/2-inch LCD without an optical viewfinder, instead providing a versatile set of features that are useful in every day shooting situations; I especially liked the S600′s wide angle zoom range, very powerful flash and versatile range of sensitivity settings. With very good image quality, 6-megapixels of resolution, high-quality movies and an MSRP of under $200, the Sony DSC-S600 is a terrific value, especially if you shoot a lot of indoor family events.”

>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 Review Roundup
>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 Latest Price

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Fujifilm FinePix S5200 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’s Digicam has recently posted the review of Fujifilm FinePix S5200, a 5.0 megapixel Super CCD digital camera with a 10x optical zoom lens (38-380mm equivalent) featuring an “anti-blur” mode, 1.8″ LCD screen, Pictbridge, and RAW mode.

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“The S5200′s shooting performance is very good. From power-on till the first image was captured measured under just 2 seconds. Shutter lag, the delay between depressing the shutter and capturing the image, was almost instantaneous (less than 1/10 of a second) when pre-focused, and only 4/10 of a second including autofocus time. Shot to shot delay averaged about 1 second without flash, and between 2.5 and 5 seconds with flash, depending on subject distance and battery life. Things slow down quite a bit when shooting CCD-RAW images; Continuous shooting is disabled, and shot to shot time slows to between 5 and 6 seconds. RAW mode is not well supported by Fuji’s FinePix Viewer; all you can do is convert the RAW file to TIFF and save it. But, I think that most users will be very satisfied with the image produced by its 5-megapixel Fine JPEG mode.”

>> Fujiflm S5200 Review Roundup
>> Fujiflm S5200 Latest Price

Pentax SMC 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DA ED – Review @ Ephotozine

Ephotozine has recently published their review on Pentax SMC 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DA ED, a telephoto zoom lens with an angle of view 31.5-8.1º, a min aperture of f/22 – 32.

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” Despite its small size and low weight, this lens performs more than adequately. The focal range is ideal as a second lens on the cropped sensors of the cameras that it is designed for. (*istDxx range) Autofocus is perhaps a little dated and often has a last tiny jerk to acquire its final lock but is accurate once it is there. Pentax have done well to achieve such pleasing performance in such a small package for what is a very reasonable price.

In summary, the positive points of the Pentax SMC 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DA ED lens are:
Lightweight and compact, Consistent optical quality throughout range, Good value for money

The negative points are: Chromatic aberrations under some conditions, Autofocus a little frustrating at times, Manual focus ring small and rotates during AF”

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