Railfanning Tip #2: Equipment

BNSF freight emerging from behind the woodsWhen you’re railfanning, it’s important that you have the right equipment.  To start, a good, reliable camera is the main thing you’ll need.  But as you go, if you really like it and you’re going to continue, you might want to look into adding different accessories, like a tripod, to make things a little easier.  Another piece of equipment, when you’re absolutely positive that you’ll continue with the hobby, is a radio scanner.  You want to be sure that you’ll continue before you get a radio scanner, because the good ones can get expensive, although sometimes you can, if you have some type of tablet like an iPad or kindle, get an app for a scanner. It’s a matter of personal preference whether you go with a video camera or a stills camera.  I go with a video camera personally, because I like being able to watch the footage later.  If you do, however, go with a stills camera, then there are a variety of lenses available, including long-range and close up.  To conclude this post, I would like to say that, ultimately, it’s your choice as to what you use for railfanning, but I hope that I have helped you figure out just what you needed to make your time in the field more productive and more fun.


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