Telephoto lens for use in Kenya

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
RichLI Regular Member • Posts: 163
Re: Another Thought

kayaker353 wrote:

In my previous post, I did not discuss camera to subject distance.  In many parts of the world, wildlife is very self protective and keeps great distances from humans.  In Northern Tanzania, and, I believe, Southern Kenya, wildlife are very unconcerned about people in cars.  They can be quite close, even right outside the door.  The drive for exotic telephoto lenses may not be necessary, and certainly is not always desirable

Doing same trip and seeing the "pile-up" that I've heard of in this photo.

Am coming to think that the big divergence here is birder focus vs. elephants, tigers, wildebeest, etc; where the birders really need the long reach and for animal focusing primarily on long reach may be an error.

For my part I intend to take my d600 likely with a to-be-bought new 80-400 and my d300 likely with either my 18-200 or my 24-85. Going to try to not get too wrapped around axel here on equipt. Likely more important is taking an extra battery for both and a backup drive to use at the end of the day.

.  Sometimes the animals are just too close for even a mid range lens.  I have had friends take nearly the same trip we took with only a point and shoot, and they came back with great pictures.  I am including two photos from our trip of just such an encounters.  Even in the Serengeti and Ngoro Ngoro, where off-roading is prohibited, there are many encounters with animals close up.

Reminds me of our visit to Yellowstone 4 yrs ago - except those were buffalo - and were taken with my D300....

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