What would you choose for Safari: 2x III extender or 650D/T4i ????

Started Jan 11, 2013 | Questions thread
Erik Bailey
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Re: What would you choose for Safari: 2x III extender or 650D/T4i ????
In reply to JosHendrikx, Jan 11, 2013

My family went to Namibia in August, and it was the experience of a lifetime. My gear was: Canon 7D, Canon XSi (backup and also used by the kids when I was using the 7D), Canon 10-22, Canon 17-55, Canon 70-200 f/4 IS, Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 IS, 1.4x and 2.0x TCs. I also rented a Sony RX-100 for times when I didn't want to carry the big camera (like quad-biking in the dunes). Everything was in a Gura Gear Kiboko 22 bag. Plus a tripod and sandbag. The Sigma 85 f/1.4 stayed home.

If I had to do it all over again, what would I change? I'd leave the tripod and sandbag at home (never used either of them) but stick with everything else exactly as packed! (yes it was heavy - the bag was almost 30lbs). I had a vest and a fleece from Scottevest to help carry it all - highly recommended!

For landscapes, the 10-22 was great. Not sure what the 5D Full-Frame equivalent would be. For Etosha, the 120-300 plus 2x TC (swapped it on and off constantly) was magic. I can't overstate how awesome the 120-300 is (and it makes a great sports lens too! :-)).

I changed lenses with impunity, outside, with no issues whatsoever. I almost exclusively used the 7D - never really used a "two-body" configuration.

Our guide had a 7D and a 100-400. I tried his lens for a bit, and despite being lighter than my 120-300 I didn't like it as much. I found being able to go from 120 to 600 just by swapping in and out the 2x TC was incredibly liberating (the 100-400 can't take a TC and still autofocus).

Hope this info helps some... I know there is also a terrific Safari article here on dpreview which helped me a lot - look for it!

Some samples from each lens:

Canon 10-22

Canon 17-55

Canon 70-200 f/4 IS

Sigma 120-300 @ 600

Sony

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Canon EOS 7D Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM +1 more
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