Choosing Right Camera Body for Wildlife Photography.
Things to consider while choosing camera body for wildlife photography. Wildlife Photography Cameras should be considered on the basis of below mentioned points.
Weather Sealing : You will be out and about and in very dusty conditions to search wild animals. Weather Sealed camera body lets you shoot without worrying about rain, dust etc.
High Resolution : A lot of pictures (especially birds) need cropping. High resolution cameras help in maintaining a decent file size ,even after heavy cropping.
Frames per second : If you expect to shoot fast action (eg. Kills, Chase etc) and want to capture every moment, you should choose a camera body which will allow you to take more picture every second.
Availability of Lenses : Make sure your camera body is compatible with the wildlife photography lenses you are planning to use in the field.
Ease of use : At the end of the day, you want to use a camera body which feels better in your hands and lets you capture what you want to shoot. If you find a particular camera body has easier to use menu that’s the right one for you. Camera body which will allow you to control aperture and shutter speed by using independent dials on the body is great. Ergonomics (comfortable feel while holding and shooting with the camera body, especially for long times) of is an important aspect as well.
Memory Card Slots : Multiple memory card slots in a camera body help to take backup photos , acts like overflow storage, can separate images and videos and the list of advantages goes on. Having a CF card slot is particularly helpful, since they can use faster CF cards, your buffer wont fill up so quickly.
Full Frame Sensor size: Big sensor size (35 mm film equivalent) gathers more light, even in low light situations. Wildlife photographers tend to shoot at early morning and late evening (this is the time when animals are most active) . Full frame cameras help them to make use of available natural light.
Camera Body Weight: The lighter the better, after all we don’t want to carry heavy stuff all day during safaris, especially hiking safaris.
Ease of shooting in Portrait mode (Battery Grips) : Professional level camera bodies allow you to shoot in Landscape as well as portrait mode, without twisting your wrist around the camera. Some semi-professional bodies allow you to add (optional) extra battery grips, which not only allow you to shoot in both modes, but also has provision for extra battery to be accommodated. This extra battery power come very handy in some camera bodies where FPS (Frames per second), i.e. number of pictures taken in burst mode can increase by 2-3 frames per second. On the downside, adding an external battery grip will increase camera weight.
Summary & our recommendation: No matter how expensive camera body / lenses we buy, the gear alone may not give you the results and pictures you expect. Photography is about capturing right moments and showing something unseen to your viewers. We should be focusing on sharpening our photography & natural history skills first and then invest into suitable camera great to compliment your style of photography.
We should buy what we can afford and start shooting. Spending on wildlife photo safaris with an experienced photography safari leader is definitely recommended .It will be a great investment, which will enhance your portfolio.
Camera body alone wont give you the desired results. Also look at how to choose right lenses for wildlife photography.
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