Lens for Safari

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  1. Buszaj

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    Hey everyone, in August I'll be going to Kenya and for one day I will also go on Safari. I am looking for a decent lens that would suit this purpose. Currently I have a 70-200 f/4, but I'll probably need more reach. With that said, I was looking at the 100-400, but I am not sure I'll be able to rake up enough cash (and my parents will say "are you crazy?!"). I was also looking at the 70-300 IS, thoughts on this? If anybody can recommend another lens that has good sharpness, please do so. (For Canon). I would also be using this lens for other wildlife and maybe a few sports.

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    You will definitely want a big zoom range. Would a teleconverter do the trick? Much cheaper than a zoom lens
     
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    The only worry I have with the teleconverter is that it may degrade IQ. I sometimes worry about "losing" some f-stops, but I think that f/5.6 or even f/8 would suffice on a safari.
     
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    I'd be more worried about the reach. A teleconverter is quite a bit better than re-sampling the picture in software. But only if you have a good lens to bolt it on. Search "teleconverter" on this forum and i'm sure you'll find some of the examples which have been posted.

    I would be more worried about the f/8 business. Remember there are some wonderful and fast animals to be seen on safari. Unless it's a perfectly clear midday you may end up with a lot of blur.
     
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    With L glass and a canon tele-converter, don't worry about the quality it's still great even with large prints. A 1.4x might just be the ticket, that will get you a 448mm f/5.6 when you consider crop factor, that should be a pretty good length for your use. I think its usually pretty bright and sunny during the winter around there, so you should have no problem with the f/5.6 and auto focus still works.
     
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    I'd rather get a zoom. Also, I'd be using this lens for other stuff, so a faster aperture would be better (for the sports). (I also realize that the lenses I'm thinking of aren't much faster than the 400 prime mentioned.);)
     
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    Have you considered a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 and a Sigma 1.4x Tele? That combo is actually pretty decent, then...you have a fast 70-200 f/2.8 for other things. I REALLY like my Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
     
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    +1 vote bigma.
     
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    Sigma have a new 150-500 HSM OS lens due out within the next 4 weeks, price should be about the same as the 50-500 but has the benefit of being optical stabilized.

    Your biggest problem with a 2x converter on a F4 or F5.6 lens would be the lack of AF
     
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    Sounds like youi haven;t done any reading about when they take you out to watch the animals..... It will be early in the AM, you go out for a couple hours then back for breakfast. You do other stuff mid day, then back out early eve for more photo ops.

    Not only do you need reach, a 200 will not cut it, you also need fast glass. 400-500 is more like it. Remember converters take away lots of light.

    Have fun on your trip!
     

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