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Old 19-01-2010, 21:34   #1 (permalink)
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most of my pictures are taken of a fishing boat and most of my pictures involve the sea so i was wondering what filter i should be using and any pointers on a suitable lense would be great.
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Old 19-01-2010, 22:20   #2 (permalink)
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Re: filter help

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Although I don't usually subscribe to the ''protection filter'' camp - if shooting from a boat I'd probably use a good quality UV to keep the salt and sea out. Other than that - I wouldn't bother with filters.

As for lenses, that would depend on several factors, including...

- What camera you are using

- What you are shooting

- What budget you have
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Old 19-01-2010, 23:10   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Oy - my thoughts exactly
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Old 19-01-2010, 23:14   #4 (permalink)
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hi there oy and dabhand
i have just bought a canon eos 500 d a couple of weeks ago to replace me panasonic lumix fz 28
i mostly take pictures of wildlife, shorelines, and other boats
sadly the budget aint to clever at the minute but when the weather picks up so will the fishing(i hope)
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Old 19-01-2010, 23:29   #5 (permalink)
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I would buy myself a 7dayshop UV filter, they aren't the most perfect filters but I've used them on my Canon L glass without noticable effects.

They are a few quid and with salty air would be money well spent.

I too am of the don't use a filter unless neccesary but in your case I'd say it is
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For shooting over water, I'd consider adding a Circular Polariser to reduce reflections off the water
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Old 21-01-2010, 18:40   #7 (permalink)
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that 7 dayshop looks to have some good priced stuff in it thanks for pointing it out to me, any one else know of any good sights like that?
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Hi gartrac have a look hear for the best photo prices around it saves looking around several diiferent websites
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thats great thanks. was thinking a 300 mm zoom lense might be good for a start but why is there such a huge diffrence in price is it like diving gear that if it has a certain brand name they double the price or is there more to it than that
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Lenses that are 'faster' than the others are very much more expensive. The cheaper ones will tend to be between f4 to f5.6, whereas the really fast ones will be f2.8, or even down to f1.4 in the shorter focal lengths.

This means that there is an awful lot of polished optical glass in the lenses, and this is expensive.
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here are a few of the pics i have taken the ones that made me upgrade my camara are the otter pics i was lucky to get within 6 ft of them and the most of the pics were fuzzy sadly, if someone who knew what they were doing was taking the pics what lens would the use?
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I'm not sure how experienced you are so I'm sorry if this is telling you stuff you already know but here's a couple of things to experiment with if your relatively new to this.

It isn't so much the lens, more the technique and camera settings. Sure an expensive lens will help a more experienced photographer to get better quality results, but if you don't know the basics of using a camera with a longer lens then it won't help much at all.... unfortunately just setting the camera to Auto will rarely get you good wildlife shots.

Shutter speed and focusing will be the main area's to look at to improve your results with wildlife. If your going for a 300mm lens then you really need to have a shutter speed of at least 1/300sec to get sharp results, and a good bit higher if the subject is a fast mover.

For focusing put your camera into 'AI Servo' mode, this'll track the subject while you have the shutter button half pressed keeping it in focus. I would then experiment with the focus points, for wildlife photography I almost always use the centre point only, the camera will then keep whatever that point is on in focus without letting other things in the shot distract it.

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thanks sonsey thats the kind of advice i am after i can honestly say i am clueless with what i am doing.
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Your welcome, feel free to post back if you need any further info.

You might be better starting a new thread if you want advice on a longer lens.

p.s you did well to get within 6ft of a wild otter!
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