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    Hi,

    I'm looking to purchase a DSLR camera but would like some advice as my requirements are a little bit outside the normal. I work permanent nights at a very rural location, that is abundant in flora and fauna and wish to purchase a camera and equipment that will help me get the best shots I can.

    The area is totally unlit and so some sort of flash or night imagery would be necessary, a fast frame rate would be an advantage for some of the animals and birds. I would probably need to look for a couple of lenses as carrying a large bag would be prohibitive, so I think a large zoom, a standard and possibly a macro.

    Any advice, particularly from people familiar with this sort of environment and conditions, would be welcome.

    Thank you all in advance for your help and comments.

    Steve Fraser

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    hi steve

    it all comes down to how much you have to spend which you have not said chap
    my self i started out with a canon 500D kit lens and a Tamron 70 - 300mm lens not one of the best lens for the price but ive took some good images with it over the last 3 years and i brought that as kit deal from jessops
    but like many people have told me better glass better quality in images and its true so if you have the money to spend on good lens then do so ive just gone and looked at your work with a point n shoot and they are good so i can only image what they will be like once you get your DSLR i know i felt better knowing i had full control of how my images were going to be taken when i got my DSLR.
    i can only say about canon DSLR's you put about having a fast frame rate well the 7D as this all so flashes theres the 430 ex ii or the 580 ex ii for better reach
    hope this is some help to you
    all the best russ

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    hi I think the lens would take a lot of your budget as you would a fast long zoom plus a macro for close up work at a push you could use a zoom for taking shots of flowers. but for wild life then it has to be a long fast zoom and a tripod. camera wise i would look at a 550d/T2i or a d5100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevefraseruk1 View Post
    Hi,

    I'm looking to purchase a DSLR camera but would like some advice as my requirements are a little bit outside the normal. I work permanent nights at a very rural location, that is abundant in flora and fauna and wish to purchase a camera and equipment that will help me get the best shots I can.

    The area is totally unlit and so some sort of flash or night imagery would be necessary, a fast frame rate would be an advantage for some of the animals and birds. I would probably need to look for a couple of lenses as carrying a large bag would be prohibitive, so I think a large zoom, a standard and possibly a macro.

    Any advice, particularly from people familiar with this sort of environment and conditions, would be welcome.

    Thank you all in advance for your help and comments.

    Steve Fraser
    Whatever gear you decide on, the flash unit for you will be an important buy for your night photography. I can speak from experience and say that my Mecablitz 58 AF1 is just brilliant and its range is fantastic, lighting up objects which are a long way off. Also a camera which gives high ISO capabilities, while still producing sharp images is desirable too. I wish you all success.
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