Zhukov From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 74 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2603 times:
Yes, an automatic camera is probably a good choice for the beginning.
But you can also begin with a reflex and normal ~50-100mm lens, and then, if in some years you want something better, you only need to buy a second lens (like a 300mm or 400mm) without buying an another camera.
It's just a proposition, that depends how you intend to continue in the photo.
Night Hawk From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 273 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2602 times:
Basically all you need is a good autofocus camera, Nikon, Canon or Pentax seem to be the preferred brands out there at the moment. Most come with a standard 28-80mm or similar lense. You will need a telephoto lense, something around 300mm will be good. Pentax offers package deals with the MZ-50 selling the body, sigma 28-80mm and sigma 100-300mm lense for about AUS$600. Nikon will be by far the most expensive but it also the best, Canon along with Pentax offer good quality equipment and a cheaper price.