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What type of binoculars and camera do I need for Alaska wildlife ?

I'm taking a 2 month trip to Alaska and want to be able to view wildlife and take some pictures . I want to stay under a $2,000 price range and I want equipment that is easy to use because I am not a professional.

Thanks for your help .

Spend most of your money on the camera, not the binoculars. You can view the wildlife through the telephoto lens on your camera. You can buy a decent pair of binoculars, pocket size or larger, from Bushnell or other companies at any sporting goods store or Target-type store for a relatively cheap price. The reason I recommend putting your money into the camera is that the better camera and lenses you have, the better results you will take home. For sure you want a telephoto lens. You can get a camera with a zoom lens that goes from a standard view to a mid-range telephoto view, or you can buy one with interchangeable lenses. If you do that, in addition to buying the regular 50 or 55mm lens or a macro-zoom for snapshots and scenery buy a large telephoto (500mm+ if you can afford it) so that you can get good close-ups of moose, bears and birds. Secondary would be a macro lens if you are into flower pictures. For clear pictures with a telephoto lens you will need a tripod. Some nice lightweight backpacking tripods are out there, and they'll fit in a suitcase or duffle. There is too much lens shake with a big magnification lens to make a clear picture just holding it in your hand. The places where you would most likely use the telephoto and tripod would be scenery shots, swans on a lake, moose feeding in ponds and bears in Denali National Park. For the quick shots of a fox by the road, you'd have to turn off your car to avoid vibration and rest the lens on your car window or on the shoulder of a steady friend.
Buy a good quality camera, such as a the Canon, as mentioned by another answerer. Your photos will only be as good as the quality of your lenses and camera. Since this is the trip of a lifetime, you don't want to go cheap on an off brand.
Buy several spare batteries and a charger and spare memory cards if you aren't uploading to the web. Nothing worse than a battery failure just as a herd of caribou cross the road.
You will need to protect your equipment. This doesn't necessarily mean buying an official camera case. They can be good, but are also targets for thieves and sometimes hard to carry. I've seen many cameras riding around in padded Tupperware boxes or other containers inside backpacks, fanny packs, etc. If you don't like carrying a lot of weight around, then pay attention to size when you buy the camera. Large telephotos take up a lot of room, so if you don't want to deal with that, then compromise with a zoom lens.
Keep your camera with you at all times, to avoid theft and to take advantage of the many many photo opportunities that you won't want to miss, including taking pictures from the airplane. If you sit on the right side of the plane as you face the cockpit, you'll see some great views as you fly north to Anchorage. If you sit on the left from Anchorage to Fairbanks, you'll see Mt. McKinley if the weather is clear. For whale photos, take an ocean trip out of Sitka or Seward or Homer.
Whatever camera you buy, become thoroughly familiar with it before you leave home. Learn how to take pictures of sunsets, fireworks, people, snow, close-ups, items far away, moving items, etc. Learn what every button and setting does.
Have a great trip! Alaska is a wonderful place and you will get some great pictures. Don't be shy about asking locals about places to take photos or to see wildlife. Not everyone will know the answer, but many will and will be happy to give you the inside story or to tell you about upcoming events.




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