I’m often asked the question, “What camera equipment should I purchase to photograph birds or other wildlife”?


For me, that answer always starts with a questionnaire. Here, you answer these questions:

  1. What do you want to do with the pictures?
    1. Are you taking pictures to leave on your device or project on a TV once then never see them again?
    2. Is it your desire to have your pictures published in a high-gloss, color magazine?
    3. Or, do you want to share them on FB or other social media resource, maybe make prints?
  2. How much do you have to spend? What’s your budget?
    1. Less than $200
    2. $200 to $400
    3. $400 to $1000
    4. $1000 to $1800
    5. $1800 to $3000
    6. $3000 to $6000
    7. Greater than $6000
    8. Unlimited funding
  3. What type of photographer do you consider yourself?
    1. Beginner
    2. Student
    3. Take pictures often with a point-and-shoot camera
    4. Intermediate photographer
    5. Serious Non-professional
    6. Professional
  4. How often will yoube be out taking pictures?
    1. Once a month or less, averaged over a year
    2. Once a week
    3. Only weekends
    4. Every weekend and some weekdays
    5. only weekdays
    6. As often as possible
    7. Do you want to be ready for any shot that happens anytime
  5. Are you looking for a new system:
    1. with everything needed to do the job
    2. or do you have a system that you want to add additional parts?

Once you can answer these questions you can then start considering what equipment to purchase. Along with these questions I also usually like to know whether you can carry and shoot with larger, heavier equipment or you really need smaller equipment that can offer very good performance.

The next installment will offer some insight on which type of hardware is good for you, and we’ll introduce some entry level cameras for you to consider.

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