For a safari which lens??

Started Jan 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
djsphynx Contributing Member • Posts: 541
Re: My Safari lenses?? Well, since you asked...

RBFresno wrote:

djsphynx wrote:

RBFresno wrote:

boris Fincheltub wrote:

I have a Nikon 18-200 is it worth getting a Nikon18-300 (heavier, not sure as sharp) or a Sigma 18-250 to be used in a D7000

any experiences??


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This is one of more commonly asked questions in this forum:

It's not as simple of a question as it might at first appear.

Some folks might be happy with their iPhone, and don't want to carry around anything much heavier. Others might not mind hauling around 30 pounds and tens of thousands of dollars of gear, and still wish they could take more.

The answer depends on many factors including budget, weight/space restrictions, individual tolerance for image quality (or lack thereof). Some Safari venues might do better than others with regard to the type of camera equipment.

All that said, most folks on Safari's are going to wish that for some shots, that they had more reach than what the 18-200VR or even the 18-25o Sigma offer.

Also, I was a bit leery of taking only one camera body half way around the world.

In your situation, I might consider renting a second body and longer lens.

The 300 f/4 was suggested above, probably matched with a 1.4 TC. That lens, paired with your 18-200VR will give you much better opportunities that just the 18-200VR.

Also, many Safari sites are dusty, and keeping lens changes to a minimum to avoid dust bunnies invading your sensor is a good idea.

What did I take to a recent trip to Tanzania? You might not want to know!

Best Regards,


Great answer. I would love to know what you brought to Tanzania though


Since you asked, I brought the following along to Tanzania last year:



10.5 fisheye


70-200 VR (I)

Zeiss 100/2 Makro


1.4 and 2.0 TC's

Sb 900


(I also brought along a tripod/ballhead, but left it at the first night's Hotel when I realized that I didn't need it, and I was over on weight. I also left behind a 750 GB Nexto portable hard disk)

Everything fit easily into a Gura GearKiboko, 30L backpack with plenty of room for binocs, charger, tablet, batteries, etc.:

On one seat are binocs, Zeiss 100/2 SB-900 flash, 1,4TC and 2.0 TC; on the other, D4 mounted to a 500VR. Picture taken with D3 and 10.5 fisheye

Pop top Land Cruiser. D4/500VR resting on bean bag:

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye ,SB-900
1/800s f/8.0 at 10.5mm iso400

Prolonged Handholding is not my first choice for the 500VR:

Some Photos from Tanzania:

Best Regards,


Very nice - on my last trip, I brought along a 16mm fisheye, 16-35, 24-70, 35, 50, 70-200, 200-400 and a 500 (and TC 1.6A). I had a D800 and a D3s and a SB-900, 2 go pro cameras, 1 contour camera, LX-5, tripod with ball head, sidekick, panorama head and a monopod. One netbook and 2 1TB drives for backup. All that stuffed in my Lowepro and a Domke.

Good times....

How's the 10.5 DX on FX? Did you find the fact that the D4 doesn't have 2 CF slots but uses XQD annoying?

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