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AYM Classic Kenya Safari

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:37

Hi I'm going on the Classic Kenya Safari 17th Feb 2013, anyone been on this trip before, any advice on camera gear to take, best size zoom, spare batteries...

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 09:45

I haven’t been on an African safari before (we are going Sept 2013), but I have been reading around re: cameras/lenses.

If you are a Canon digital SLR user, the Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS USM seems to be a popular safari lens, especially on a crop-sensor body like the Canon 7D (effectively a 160-640mm lens on a full frame body). The IS (image stabilisation) is handy as you are unlikely to be using a tripod, although bean bags can be used on the roof of the mini-vans. The reasonably wide zoom range of the 100-400 should cover most distance shots, although I will be taking a second camara body (600D) with a 10-22mm lens to capture wider shots. (The second body is also as a backup should the 7D pack up).

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 01:28

I'm treating myself to a full frame Nikon, currently using a D3100 which I will also be taken, and was unsure whether to go for a 80-400 or a 150-500, the 80-400 is quite a lot lighter and if this is going to be enough I think it is a better option. Thanks for your advice, very much appreciated.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:33

Unless I'm misstaken the D3100 in an APS-C size crop sensor like my 7D, so that will work well with both zooms (effectively multiplying them by 1.6). The extra 100mm on the 150-500 might be useful, although if that is the Sigma lens I would probably go for the 80-400 Nikon lens (as it will probbaly give much better image quality upto 400mm).

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