Telephoto lens for use in Kenya

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Steve Regular Member • Posts: 416
Re: Telephoto lens for use in Kenya

I envy your trip. One day maybe.

Personally, I'd add the new 80-400 to my current kit along with maybe the D600. I see no advantages to cropping in the camera whatsoever. It just makes little sense to me unless you need to do some pretty severe crops where pixel density plays a roll. You've got the D800 for that.

Instead of setting a camera to a 1.3 crop factor or an FX to DX crop factor, just capture the image and do that crop later in post. Always capture the maximum data you can at the scene. Don't leave the crops behind. There's no advantage in cropping at the location and there's lots of advantages not to.

For example, if you have a choice between a shot with a DX or FX camera, take it with the FX and later crop to something along the lines of the DX when you get home. The point is by doing it at home, it doesn't have to be that radical center crop. You may want less of a crop or more and you might be able to get a better composition than just taking the 1.5 center crop from the DX kit. The same applies to the 1.3 crop on the new D7100. Do that later, if it's needed.

I have both the 300 f/2.8 VR and the new 80-400 AFS. I bought the latter for when I need a smaller, lighter weight lens for traveling. It just makes sense for me. So far, it's showing itself to be exactly what I wanted. I think it's as good at 400 as the 300 f/2.8 with converter, but that's just my initial feelings.

Good luck and have a fun time.

I have heard of several people using the V2 / FT1 with the 70-200 VRII and with the 1.4 TC. Very versatile and light kit.

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