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« Reply #45 on: September 15, 2013, 05:59:22 AM »
Zoo pics are tricky - you either make a point of showing the animal is caged or try to get things to look as they are in the wild.

Shots from last weekend.

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« Reply #46 on: September 15, 2013, 08:32:48 AM »
Hi everyone,

Here's a shot of a North China leopard (Panthera pardus japonensis) dreaming of wilderness adventure.
Taken at the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, Paris.




 

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« Reply #47 on: September 15, 2013, 02:48:18 PM »
Hi Everyone,
Here are a few photos of my last trip to the Pretoria Zoo (South Africa).
First up the Siberian Tiger, then a lion and lastly a King Cheetah.
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« Reply #48 on: September 15, 2013, 04:44:39 PM »
Some outstanding shots.
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« Reply #49 on: September 15, 2013, 05:12:07 PM »
Really nice stuff.  The black and white lion face behind the tree is stunning.

And just for the record, neither of those cheetahs in the last post are king cheetahs.

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« Reply #50 on: September 15, 2013, 05:29:29 PM »
That cat in you avatar looks like a potentially dangerous animal. Were you nervous while taking the photo?
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« Reply #51 on: September 15, 2013, 05:51:47 PM »
Taken at Riverbanks Zoo on 3-16-13 using 7D with 135mm F2L.




Do I see some banding in that image? :o    The last photos I have from Riverbanks Zoo are before digital came along, even though I live about 10 minutes away. I keep meaning to return, but never seem to make it back.
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« Reply #52 on: September 15, 2013, 06:29:44 PM »
What lens did you use for your shots Guy? Very nice.
I recently sold my 2 telephoto lenses and am in the process of upgrading them. First will probably be the 70-300L as its very small to fit in bag and it seems like a good zoo lens.
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« Reply #53 on: September 16, 2013, 06:39:05 AM »
What lens did you use for your shots Guy? Very nice.
I recently sold my 2 telephoto lenses and am in the process of upgrading them. First will probably be the 70-300L as its very small to fit in bag and it seems like a good zoo lens.

The black and white shot of the Goeldi's monkey was a Tamron 90mm f2.8 (I'd taken it to get some shots of poison arrow frogs but they were in a closed off area due to construction work  :(). Hard to get sharp shots through dirty windows and bad lighting!

All other shots are the 500mm f4 mk2. Amazing lens. Purchased to massage a mid-life crisis  ::).

Depending on which zoo you go to, you can still be quite far from the animals. All these shots are quite cropped. I also had the 1.4x mk3 TC with me but pretty much forgot about it most of the time I was there. The main problem is shooting through grotty windows or mesh fence. A fence is okay if you're right up against it but often it may be 8 or 10 feet away from you. The lion was probably 50 or 60 feet away.

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« Reply #54 on: September 16, 2013, 11:18:34 AM »
500 f4 is of course a gorgeous lens, but it is too large and too expensive for most of us mere mortals.  It is also a bit overkill for zoos (works great with wild birds, however).  I think your idea of the 70-300L is a great choice for zoo photography.  It gets very good reviews.  Just remember it does NOT take extenders, but 300 should be enough reach for zoo work.  One alternative, the route I went, is to get a 70-200 f2_8 and use it with a 1.4x extender when needed.  I bought the non IS version last year, as it is a thousand bucks cheaper than the ISii version.  They have now discontinued the non IS, but some dealers still have stock.

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« Reply #55 on: September 18, 2013, 01:52:06 PM »
It is also a bit overkill for zoos (works great with wild birds, however).

Just checked the data and the lion was 70.6m away! Still think a 500mm is overkill for a zoo?  :D

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« Reply #57 on: October 20, 2013, 04:31:29 AM »
Few gorilla shots from a recent trip to dublin zoo.   Taken with a canon 100m L.   Was lucky that she decided to come right over a pose for a few headshots! 


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« Reply #58 on: October 22, 2013, 11:51:45 AM »
Some recent shots, 50:50 with and without the cage. Still not sure which works better  :(
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Re: Zoo Pics 2
« Reply #59 on: October 22, 2013, 12:38:40 PM »
some zoo images - note: i had a lion couple making babies as well ;-)
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« Reply #59 on: October 22, 2013, 12:38:40 PM »