I subscribe to Shutterbug Magazine's monthly e-newsletter, and this week, they have two great articles which address, either directly or indirectly, an issue that has disturbed me for quite some time: the notion that you can't take good nature photographs unless you're using a lens that costs as much as a small car.
In the first article, Moose Peterson relates that his first lens for nature photography was a relatively inexpensive 400mm lens. He goes on to say that a relatively affordable 70-300mm or 100-400mm lens can be used to make some fabulous images, and describes the aesthetic tools he uses to make it happen.
Josh Miller continues the theme with a great technical hint for getting the most from those less expensive tele-zooms. Of course, if you're using a Sony SLT-series camera, the mirror is already fixed.
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that you may not even need a DSLR to make some great nature photographs. There's an increasingly popular class of cameras often referred to as "bridge cameras". They often look just like a DSLR, and offer nearly as many features and very good image quality. Some, such as the Fujifilm X-S1 include a relatively large sensor, something I consider to be an important feature vital to obtaining good image quality.
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