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Old Aug 26th 2014, 07:45 PM   #1
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

Cervid: deer

I was looking at some of the buck pics posted this year and started thinking how some folks need to get better pics.

A must have tool on the farm in my opinion is a good digital camera with a far reaching lens. It can make marketing your deer much more effective. Also it is a great tool for maintaining good health. Every year I use mine for zooming in on antlers looking at damage, infection, maggots and such. Antler inspections are not all it is good for either. Often while taking a closer look at antlers I notice other issues on legs and such. Even on deer that are up close it is still much nicer to take the time to look them over using high quality pics on the computer screen. The camera and lens set up I have can even allow me to see the numbers on the metal USDA tags. Of course if the hair isn't in the way. There are many to choose from and I don't say buy what I have. But for a reference here is what I have.

Canon EOS Rebel XTI

The small lens is a 28mm to 80mm

The bigger lens is a 80mm to 350mm

I just snap away and have had as many as 300+ pics from one days time. I then download them all to my computer and sort through looking at all the various images. Being digital you can delete what you don't want and you haven't spent a dime. The "preview" and edit features on my laptop allows for some incredible options for allowing high res high quality images.

Just thought I would share this info in case anyone still has not added a good camera to their tool box.

Good luck all.

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Old Aug 27th 2014, 04:35 AM   #2
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  Mar 2012

One note on the long range zoom lenses:

It is definitely worth the extra $ to get the Image Stabilizer (IS) function.

As the range expands, so do minute wobbles resulting in slightly fuzzy pictures.*

If you are investing in a tool, spend the extra bit to ensure INCREDIBLE sharpness, even at intense zoom lengths.
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Old Aug 27th 2014, 10:29 AM   #3
I use a Nikon D3100 with a 55-200mm lense
Old Aug 27th 2014, 12:21 PM   #4
  Oct 2012

i did a LOT of research last yr and ended up buying a Nikon Coolpix P520 because of the 42x zoom AND it is fully automatic. 18.1 megapixels so really good pics. believe it was under $300. It is a fantastic camera that is inexpensive enough i don't have to guard it every time i take it into the pens
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Old Nov 10th 2020, 02:34 AM   #5
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  Oct 2020
  New York
Hi. I recently bought a new Sony a6600 camera . It's incredible, records video in 4K, has a 24MP-APS-C Sensor, Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization. Oversized, lightweight
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