Wildlife Photography - the Best Nikon Cameras and Lenses

We loved being able to test out the latest camera equipment at our Wildlife Day 2018 event at our Burgess Hill store. We took the opportunity to speak to the experts on hand to hear what kit they recommend for wildlife photography. Here’s Bruno giving us a run-through of the latest Nikon equipment.

Autofocus is key 

In the video above, Bruno touched on the benefits of the Nikon D850’s auto-focusing system for wildlife photography. Tracking a moving object can be incredibly difficult, and the more points of focus that the camera has, the greater the chance of locking on to the subject (and the right part of the subject). With 153 points of focus (and an incredible 99 cross-type AF points), this Nikon system is generally recognised as one of the best systems for wildlife photography.

A Common Buzzard snapped with the Nikon D850 & 300mm f/4 lens
A Common Buzzard snapped with the Nikon D850 & 300mm f/4 lens

Best Nikon camera and lenses for wildlife photography

We've highlighted some of Bruno's picks from the Nikon range. If budget is no problem there is of course the flagship Nikon D5 to consider. As the wording suggests, you can 'find out more' by clicking on the link for each item below.

Nikon D850

45MP allows cropping in post-production
High-end focusing system (153-point, 99 cross-type AF system) shared with flagship model

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Nikon D7500

8fps for continuous high speed shooting
20.9 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor gives quality, low noise results at high ISO

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Nikon D3400

Entry level DSLR – perfect for someone starting out
5fps in RAW format
Can be paired with the Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-6.3 for an affordable starter kit

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Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 telephoto lens

Ideal focal range for wildlife photography
Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) offers a fast and quiet autofocus

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We realise it's not always just about the fancy camera equipment (honest!) - we've compiled a blog on 11 essential accessories for wildlife photography - you may be surprised by what you find in there!


Richard H said...

Getting my D3400 starter was the easy part. Additional lenses are proving expensive, although I will be settling for a 70-300 on a limited budget.
Sigma, Tamron & Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 lens, from £95 to £260 - price difference due to lens quality &/or stepper motors?

Ashley Luke Laurence said...

Hi Richard, a 70-300mm lens will offer a great focal range for wildlife photography. A number of factors contribute to the cost - quality of the glass, aperture range, speed of the motor, build quality etc.

Don't forget we also have a range of second hand lenses available (that come with a 6 month warranty). You can find Nikon fit lenses here: https://www.parkcameras.com/c/2556/used-nikon-lenses-f-mount

Hope this helps!

Unknown said...

I use a Nikon D5500 with a Sigma 150-600 f5 - f6.3 lens. The optical stabilisation on the Sigma combined with the functionality of the D5500 have allowed me to get some good shots of wild life. The lens is expensive at £800, but it's so worth saving up for. The best money I've ever spent on equipment in 40 years of photography.

Anonymous said...

What about the D500?

Unknown said...

I bought a Sigma 70-300 as a starter lens for my son who is into wildlife photography and was genuinely surprised how good it is even without a VR system. At the cheaper end of that price range but for tripod use and unless its really dark, it would do you fine. https://www.parkcameras.com/search/go?p=R&srid=S4-3LON2P&lbc=parkcameras&w=Sigma%2070%20300&url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.parkcameras.com%2fp%2fG246546N%2fnikon-lenses-%28f-mount%29%2fsigma%2f70-300mm-f4-56-dg-macro--nikon-fit&lgsku=G246546N&rk=6&uid=42192624&sid=1&ts=custom&SLIPid=1524904219446&rsc=cNU3Fj3jYxr1NPcs&method=and&isort=score&view=grid

Ashley Luke Laurence said...

Andy - Glad to hear you've found the combo that works, there's nothing quite nailing that feeling of 'yes, I've found the lens that works for me'...

Ashley Luke Laurence said...

It's great to see the Sigma lenses getting some love... Do comment and let us know what kit combos have worked well for you!

Anonymous said...

Surely the D500 should be mentioned above the D7500 especially as it's around the same price if you shop around.

Ashley Luke Laurence said...

Can't argue with the D500, although retail price there is still a reasonable difference in price...

Unknown said...

I moved from a 7200 to a D500 and find the 500 really amazing for bird photography - faster focus, and great low light performance.

Umair Butt said...

This list is very nice. I hope these cameras which you have mentioned here are professional for photography. Thanks for this awesome list.

Ashley Luke Laurence said...

Hi Umair, glad you found it useful! The Nikon D3400 is entry level so perhaps more for a beginner - the rest are certainly pro cameras. Thanks

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