Safari Lens? (40-150mm + 45-200mm or 40-150mm + 1.7x teleconv)

Started Apr 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bangers and Mash
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Re: Safari Lens? (40-150mm + 45-200mm or 40-150mm + 1.7x teleconv)

Deamonllama wrote:

I'm going to be going on my first safari to Botswana next month with the following m4/3 lenses:

Oly 14-42mm II F3.5-5.6
Panny 20mm F1.7
Oly 40-150mm F4-5.6

I have a PL1 and PM1 so I was planning on keeping the 14-42mm on one and the 40-150mm on the other during the game drives. I also have an older Panasonic FZ18 superzoom (28-504 mm 35mm equiv) that I was planning to use as a backup or if 300mm isn't enough.

I was considering possibly getting the Panasonic 45-200mm F4-5.6 to get a little more reach (and maybe as a backup to the 40-150mm). Would 300mm vs 400mm make that much of a difference?

I was also looking at front mounted teleconverters for the 40-150mm (like the TCON-17 maybe if I can find it) which would take the 40-150mm up to 255mm theoretically). Anyone have experience with these? People on the superzoom forums seem to like them.

I'm kinda leaning toward the teleconverter because it's the cheapest solution (about $130 if I can find it). But, I'm also thinking if I get the 45-200mm (since it dropped to $200), then I can bring both the 40-150mm to 45-200mm so I'll have a backup lens in case something happens to one of them.

Then there's also the 100-300mm, but that might be out of my price range.

Any thoughts? Thanks.

If that was a trip I'm planning, it would be, for me, a trip of a lifetime. My suggestion, considering what the trip will set you back, is to invest in quality glass. Although the lenses you have listed are pretty decent, they do not match up to the optics of say the Oly 75-300. I know it's a bit on the expensive side, but would you not want to make sure the images you bring home are the best they can be. Isn't that one of the main reasons you are going there. I know it would be for me. Here's the lens I'm talking about.

Now take a look at the sample images Robin Wong made with that lens attached to the P3. That's the kind of tack shard images I would want to bring home with me, and if that's what you're after, then I would suggest a lens like the 75-300, which is the equivalent of a 150-600mm in the world of 35mm photography.

Have a great trip, and post those great pics when you get back.

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