You still didn't bought a camera for photographing your cat? Here are some suggestions:
- Under 300$
You can choose between 2 cameras in this category:
- Canon PowerShot S3 IS (290$) - good camera, but you will maybe problems with the small display, and the dark electronic viewfinder.
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 (300$) - has bigger maximum aperture at the far end than the Canon - f/3.1, which is very important for not blur your cat action shots.
- Under 500$
You can choose again between 2 cameras in this category:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 (470$)- this is a very popular camera. The maximum focal length is 420mm - far enough to capture any cat without disturb it. It has good - f/3.7 The disadvantage - the camera has small image sensor which reflex in bigger noise in bigger ISO.
- Fujifilm FinePix S9100 (390$) - it has bigger image sensor than the FZ50 and logically - lower noise. The maximum focal length is 300mm, less than the Panasonic, but still enough for the job. The true disadvantage is the maximum aperture at the far end - just f/4.9. This means that you have to take photos at least at 200 ISO. Also - it doesn't have optical image stabilization.
- Advanced cat photography kit
If you think you are advanced enough and you want to take really stunning cat photos here are the things you must have:
- Canon 350D (540$) - this is a good start up DSLR camera. It's small and easy to use. But if you can find second hand Canon 20D - buy it instead of Canon 350D. It is a little bigger, but it has better auto focus system and it's less noisy at higher ISOs.
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM (580$) - very good zoom telephoto lens. If you want to take quality cat photos this is must-have.
- Ultimate cat photography kit
The perfect things for cat photography are these:
- Canon 30D (1000$) - good results at high ISO, not so big as 1D. The crop factor is a plus. But if the size does not matter for you - take one of the versions of Canon 1D.
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS (1700$) - The best zoom stabilized lens. If it's to heavy or expensive for you, you can try Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L (1140$) or Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS (1060$)
- Canon EF 1.4x II Extender (275$) - it is useful when you need a little extra focal length
- Canon 580EX II Speedlite (420$) - if you will make mostly night cat photos.
- Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM (1180$) - wide lens. Read below what to use for.
- Canon TC-80N3 (137$) - useful timer remote. You can use it for interval shot. In that way you can capture a true cat story.
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