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Whale watching in Nova Scotia

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Dec 28, 2005
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Whale watching in Nova Scotia

I am heading to the Digby/Brier island area in Nova Scotia in a few weeks and I am not sure how much range I will need. Right now I have the Olympus 75-300 II. My next purchase was going to be the Olympus 40-150 / f2.8, but if range is going to be an issue, I might pick-up the PL 100-400. Has anyone here been whale watching and if so, how close do they tend to get to the whales?
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Depends how close you get. The only whale watching that I've done was in a small boat in Newfoundland. We got pretty close. a 200mm lens should be enough. 150mm is a bit too short. 100-400 will be ideal
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aximrocks wrote: Depends how close you get. The only whale watching that I've done was in a small boat in Newfoundland. We got pretty close. a 200mm lens should be enough. 150mm is a bit too short. 100-400 will be ideal
He's shooting Micro 4/3, the focal length has to be multiplied by 2.

That said, 75-300 should be more than enough. The whales are pretty close if I remember right. Their distance can vary so much. The 100-400 might actually be too tele and you might miss your shot. Personaly, I would just use the 40-150mm

Just remember, whales are not scared of the puny boats


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