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Mike asked this question:
What is the best telephoto lens for wildlife? What are the best settings to use when shooting birds and ducks, both still and in motion?
What are your tricks to getting the most detail when shooting a still images VS a moving subject? I use a 1.6 crop sensor Canon 5Ti and want better image quality using my camera, mainly for birds and ducks.

I know i'm only using a crop sensor camera body but I can't afford a full frame and I really like the crop factor the 5Ti gives me at 1.6X.
Shelly asked this question:
I want to buy my daughter a new camera for her birthday and I don't know alot, about brands and the prices. So my question is this; what are the best brands of cameras and lenses?
Can I buy a camera that comes with a lens or a few of them for her.
I dont have a lot of money but I am budgeting $750 total.

Can you help me figure out what to buy her to get her started in photography, she is really into animals and nature. She views your Facebook photos.
Nicole asked this question:
OK, so my question is this. I really love photography and want to buy my first camera but I don't know where to shop. I know online you can get much better deals then locally because of the crazy overhead stores have to pay.

I also notice when I am on the Internet I see a big difference in some of the companies and their prices. Which stores are legit and which are not?
I've heard their are some stores that actually scam you into buying more.
Thank you I appreciate it, by the way I love your duck photos so much!
Louis answers Mike:
Mike, thanks for the questions about telephoto lenses.
I have to say it all depends on your budget. Two of the best Canon telephoto lenses are the Canon 100-400MM L I and the newest Canon 100-400MM L II.
These will cover both short and telephoto distances.

The two top tricks when shooting both still and in motion are to make sure you are shooting using your stabilizer when hand holding and turn it off when on a tripod. Nothing destroys a perfect shot like out of focus.

Using an F6.3 to 7.1 will give you plenty of sharpness.
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Shelly, thanks for the questions about cameras.
The three top brands are Canon, Nikon and Sony, of course their are more but I tend to stick to the top.

I would look into a kit camera from Canon, possibly the new Canon 6Ti. You can go to any of the big box stores and pick one up for around $769.98 at Walmart, Bestbuy.

We do online lessons with anyone for a minimal hourly rate of $50.00 and can help her set up the camera. It would be benificial to her to learn the basics of her camera, lenses and lighting. Oh tripods are a must!
Louis answers Shelly:
Yes, I agree about the online store being cheaper, but I would check locally as well because most stores price match online stores now.
When shopping electronics locally I would stick to Bestbuy because they match online prices and they have quick shipping. As far as online choices, here they are.
Trust worthy B&H Photo, Adorama, Ritz,
Not Trust worthy reports found here. Rip-off Reports.

When you see a huge price difference online make sure to stay away from those stores because they are trying to scam you into upselling or not giving you what you ordered.
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