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Best lenses for zoo and aquarium shots

edited March 2012 Posted in » Canon Lens Talk

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  • edited May 2012
    Hi Diadra - Other things to consider when photographing in an aquarium is reflections from the glass. Two suggestions (an expensive one and a free one)...

    Firstly, you could buy a circular polarizing filter which cuts down the light entering the lens so you would have to up the ISO a bit.

    Secondly, you could try cutting the end off a plastic cup so that it fits snugly over the lens barrel and then press that against the glass or even purchase, quite cheaply, a collapsible rubber lens hood to screw onto your lens.

    As for zoo's, the thing to watch out for here is cage bars or wire netting which the camera tends to focus on rather than what's beyond it. This is where manual focussing comes in handy especially if your lens has a distance scale built in.

    Also a telephoto lens can be useful as when used carefully you can make the cage bars almost disappear.

    Regards,
    PBked
  • edited May 2012
    @PBked - That is an AWESOME idea using a cup on the lens. I will be going to the Aquarium of the Americas with my children and I will give that a go.

    You also mentioned a rubber lens hood, where can I find one, I have only been able to find the hard plastic type. Thanks, Auston
  • edited May 2012
    Hi Auston - Just surf Amazon and you will find one. They are quite cheap and come with 58mm threads. Some people also suggest using polarising filters, but then you have to compensate for exposure in an already semi-dark environment.

    I jokingly advised someone on the HS10 forum to use a glass cutter round the end of their lens. I hope they didn't take me seriously! LOL!

    Regards,
    PBked
  • edited May 2012
    @PBked - I do have a glass cutter...thanks for the tip. ;)
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