Marc Muench Interview and Rick & Juan answer your wildlife photography questions / DPE Podcast Oct. 1, 2010

October 1, 2010

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In this episode of the DPE podcast Rick interviews acclaimed nature photographer Marc Muench. Marc also sent us a bunch of images to feature here along with the podcast, so make sure to check out the image gallery a little further down on this post.

Also, we’ve recently asked you to send us your wildlife photography questions and we got tons! This episode is a little longer than usual because we did not want to cut out any of the great questions we got and we also wanted to share with you this great interview with Marc.

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Please keep sending those questions our way, Rick and I truly enjoy hearing from you and answering any questions you may have. No question is too basic or too advanced. We promise to do our best, and if we don’t know the answer we’ll find another industry expert to give us a definitive answer.

This is Episode number 22 of the Digital Photo Experience Podcast with Rick Sammon & Juan Pons.

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Image Gallery by Marc Muench

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Juan is a wildlife photographer who currently lives in Maine. Juan lives and breathes photography and travels around the country making images, teaching and leading photo workshops. Juan’s favorite destination is Yellowstone in winter.

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5 Responses to “Marc Muench Interview and Rick & Juan answer your wildlife photography questions / DPE Podcast Oct. 1, 2010”

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  2. Chris Johnston Says:

    Thank you so much Juan and Rick for taking my question. It’s nice to know that others have had the same challenges. Rick, as soon as you made the recommendation I ordered Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book on Amazon and I should get it on Tuesday.

    I hope one day I have the opportunity to shoot with both of you.


  3. Miguel Ortiz Says:


    I was listening to the pot cast and would like an opinion on gear necessary for a Zoo photography. I’ve been going to a number of different zoo’s around town. I live in Austin, TX but there plenty of places around the vicinities and bigger Texas’ cities.

    To the point, I have a Canon EF-S 17-55 lens, which is very short for most Zoo displays. For a while I would rent lenses but at $60 a day is becoming expensive and a bit of a gamble, because I have no guarantee that it would be a good day for the zoo or shooting and so on. Need less to say I’m looking into buying a longer lens to complement my current wider zoom, however I don’t think I would use this lens enough to justify paying the amount of money the lenses mentioned in the pot cast cost.

    Probably the 70 – 200 f4 non IS would be the stretch of my budget… but there other non L lenses that have great telephoto range. I was wondering if someone could recommend any of these (EF or EF-S)? I know they would not be professional grade, but if they are much cheaper they may be worth a look.

    Thanks in advance.


    • Juan Pons Says:


      For Zoo photography the lens you mentioned, the 70-200 would be my recommended lens. However I understand that it is out of your price range. So I would have a couple of recommendations for you.

      1. Check the used sections of sites like B&H and Adorama, oftentimes you can get some great deals on used or refurbished lenses. I own quite a few Canon refurbished lenses and they work JUST like new often for much less money.

      2. Consider off brand lenses, such as those from Sigma and Tamron. Their quality varies so you may want to read up on them and check out some reviews. One of my favorite lens review sites is The Digital Picture, check it out.

      3. One of the best “non L” lenses on Canons lineup is the super versatile Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or you may also take a look at the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM or even the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS if you have a cropped sensor camera.

      I hope this helps!



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