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Shooting Wildlife? Get in Really Tight

There is a phenomenon that happens when shooting wildlife that doesn’t seem to happen when shooting anything else. However close your subject looks in your view-finder, when you see the actual photo it seems only half as close as you remember. It’s crazy, but it’s consistent—it always looks much farther away than you hoped. So, when it comes to shooting wildlife, you want to get in incredibly tight. That’s why the pros shoot with those giant 400mm and larger lenses. But if your budget doesn’t allow for that (I know mine doesn’t), you can cheat and use a teleconverter (also sometimes called a tele-extender). These basically extend the reach of your current telephoto (or zoom) lens by magnifying them. So if you have a 200mm telephoto (or zoom) lens (which is already equivalent to around a 300mm thanks to digital), and add a 1.4x or 2x teleconverter, you instantly have the equivalent of a 450mm or 600mm traditional telephoto lens. A Canon 1.4x teleconverter runs around $290, and a Nikon 2x teleconverter runs around $400 (make sure you check to see that the teleconverter you buy works with your current lens—get it to match your make and model).

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