April 12, 2017 at 5:05AM

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Beginner in Wildlife Cinematography

I have been doing short films, music videos, interviews and other corporate jobs, but my passion in nature and I want to start producing wildlife films.
I have an A7sii and a small kit, I am looking at investing in a Sigma 150-600 and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions about gear that would be helpful/ essential for wildlife film making.

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It depends very much on the type of wildlife you want to capture. Famous wildlife photographer Art Wolfe did an online masterclass not too long ago, and he said that the most important tool in the bag was knowledge of the animal's behavior.

Over in the REDUSER.NET forum wildlife shooters tend to have Canon 600mm lenses which they use naked, or with teleconverters. But that may be because their favorite animals won't tolerate human presence closer than 50m away. Your favorite animal might be social enough to smile for the 150mm range of the Sigma. Or, you might find you bought a zoom when you should have purchased a prime.

April 13, 2017 at 3:55AM

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I think the 150-600 should be a good starting point. Afterwards you'll figure out what wildlife you like to capture and what focal lengths you use the most. I think the only other thing you would need in terms of equipment is a very sturdy tripod because if you're at 600mm it's going to be hard to track wildlife.

April 14, 2017 at 5:34PM

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Gareth Ng
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