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a bit at the responses here.

@OP: Telephoto + teleconverters for distance is really the only thing I can say. Other than that, just make it obvious that you're not pointing a huge lens their way.
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Thank you for actually contributing something to this thread.

Everybody else is just having fun making stupid comments. I dont know why I bother asking a serious question here...
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Distance is relative, do you mean 25 meters or 500 meters? Is subject in motion? Do you have an estimated budget? Additionally, (and unimportant to the other questions), why would bystanders be an issue? Do you mean ushers and security guards, would the ambient noise cover the report of the shot?
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Id like to be able to photograph up to about 100 meters/yards. Its important that the images are clear and without shake.

I dont think the actual shutter sound will be a problem, I just cant be seen.
I need to figure out ways to camouflage myself.
post #14 of 45
On a serious note...
Drop all the guessing: who/what are you shooting?
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You may want to look at DSLRs with a crop sensor, because it adds an optical multiplier to effective focal length. For example slapping a 300mm lens on a Canon EOS 20D results in 480mm focal length. Also, a crop sensor camera can manage with a less expensive telephoto lens because it only utilises the central area of the lens, not the sides, so the lens quality requirements aren't as massive.

I'm not saying anything about the crop sensor optical multiplier vs. a full-frame DSLR with more megapixels, though...any ideas? I usually think optics > cropping.
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On a serious note...
Drop all the guessing: who/what are you shooting?
Its just nature photography. Photographing animals and such. They are easily spooked so Id like to be able to camp and wait for them to come by withotu seeing me.
post #17 of 45
Get a 400-500mm telephoto.

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Its just nature photography. Photographing animals and such. They are easily spooked so Id like to be able to camp and wait for them to come by withotu seeing me.
People and animals are very different.
     
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You may want to look at DSLRs with a crop sensor, because it adds an optical multiplier to effective focal length. For example slapping a 300mm lens on a Canon EOS 20D results in 480mm focal length. Also, a crop sensor camera can manage with a less expensive telephoto lens because it only utilises the central area of the lens, not the sides, so the lens quality requirements aren't as massive.

I'm not saying anything about the crop sensor optical multiplier vs. a full-frame DSLR with more megapixels, though...any ideas? I usually think optics > cropping.
Hmmmm
Well I currently have a Canon XT with a sigma 100-300mm (cant recall max aperture), and I also have a Pentaz k-100d with my longest lens being a manual focus 200mm with a maximum aperture of 2.5.
Im not sure if either of those cameras have any ability to digitally zoom, but I doubt it.
I could alwasy accomplish the same thing later with cropping.

I also just remembered I have a 2:1 teleconverter for the pentax, so I could make that 200mm into a 400mm, although Im worried about how much the effective aperature will be effected.
Id like to be able to shoot in somewhat low light.
post #19 of 45
At any rate...... use a telephoto lens on a DSLR with built in motor and image stabilization (preferably Full Frame DSLR at that distance). And a tripod if applicable.
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Its just nature photography. Photographing animals and such. They are easily spooked so Id like to be able to camp and wait for them to come by withotu seeing me.
Then buy a duck blind or a tree stand, unless you are talking about bears, then buy a Ford Excursion. I assumed you were talking about concert shots because you explicitly said people, as both subjects and surrounding, that you needed to avoid being detected by. Now I feel uncomfortable about helping with the technical part of the shooting. Best of luck, if you are in fact taking pictures of a deer.
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