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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:20 pm 
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I would like to buy a camera that I can take with me to the woods when I bowhunt, and that I could use for taking pics of wildlife as I sit in my tree stand. I would like something I could zoom in if a deer is 30 yards away. Not sure what I would need to do that. I know Nothing about hand held cams. I would be willing to spend up to $500. Any ideas? I'm sure there are lots of options, but I really don't know where to start.... Thanks in advance....

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That's a pretty darn good deal, it would be hard to beat. But, the combination is fairly heavy and you've got a second lens to lug around. Take a look at what are sometimes called bridge or superzoom cameras. I've had several of Canon's models and really like them. Don't have the latest (the SX60) but the older models have great lenses for the price (the SX60 has a 65 power zoom - from 24mm to 1200mm) other brands have comparable lenses. These cameras are lighter than DSLRs and you always have the right lens with you and on the camera.

I've gotten great service from Canon, they replaced a camera for me (at no charge) with a newer model when they couldn't repair the one I sent back for repair. Canon has a customer for life as long as they make a camera design I like.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:28 pm 
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Yeah I would suggest a Nikon or canon super zoom camera for that. I've seen some stellar pics from cams like that and the zoom lenses sure bring them in close.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:16 pm 
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Well, I did it. Picked up a Canon rebel T6. 75-300 zoom. I've just been using it on automatic so far. I really like it!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:19 pm 
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Took this pic this morning, and then transferred to my smart phone.

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Enjoy, you'll get really nice photos.

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Just wondering if you guys recommend taking some sort of beginner photography class to get the most out of my camera? I have it on automatic now, and to me, it takes great clear crisp pictures, but I wonder if I could do even better with it if I knew certain manual settings to change?


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I've never taken a course in photography but like anything else there would be good, bad and indifferent quality courses. READ the manual and read some books on photography - and take lots and lots and lots of photos. I started with 35mm slide film and threw away trashcans full of slides at 25-50 cents a slide. It's much less expensive now with digital since a photo costs you nothing but time. Get one or more of the free photo editing software programs (I like PhotoScape) and experiment with it until you're comfortable using it. Most photos can benefit from some editing to crop, adjust exposure, eliminate a distraction, or any one of the many other things the programs let you do,

Again, take a tremendous number of photos and discard the ones you don't like - maybe 98% sometimes - that's the best way to learn.

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Bones wrote:
Just wondering if you guys recommend taking some sort of beginner photography class to get the most out of my camera? I have it on automatic now, and to me, it takes great clear crisp pictures, but I wonder if I could do even better with it if I knew certain manual settings to change?


Start by going on youtube and searching using manual mode with canon DSLR, or DSLR basics in Manual mode. It nice to have the basic concepts of shutter and apeture, ISO etc explained in video.

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I really like the Canon Powershot SX60 superzoom. I took this photo out my bedroom window this morning.

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