off to africa. need new camera for animals. any suggestions?

Travel Forums Travel Photography off to africa. need new camera for animals. any suggestions?

1. Posted by TalonToday (Budding Member 31 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

im going to africa this summer and i really want a new camera.
someday i want to be a professional photographer for national geographic so i should probrably have a better camera byu now anyways.
but anyways some of the qualitys i am looking for are a very strong optical zoom, setting your own exposures like shutter speed and stuff. and really good macro
i already have a really good compact camera that i can take everywhere with me in my pocket and a really nice film camera
i want a camera that would be really good for photographing animals with that might be far away or close up. also lots of nature will be photographed too.
also i dont like canons btu i love nikons
my price range is probrably only about $500 at the moment. but an reasonably priced slr would be amazing! (i just havent found one yet!)
so yah thats pretty much everything. can you recommend a camera for me?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5701 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You should be able to get a Nikon D40 with (besides the default 18-55 lens) a 55-200mm VR zoom (that's 10x zoom in compact camera terms, with image stabilization) for around $600-650-ish. There's "super-zoom" compacts which do 15-20x zoom nowadays for around the same price-point I think, but image quality from the D40 would be very noticeably better.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Apr-2009, at 23:47 by Sander ]