Lenses for an South African Safari

Started Aug 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 6,793
Re: Lenses for an South African Safari

Cugh wrote:


I need some help in selecting lenses for an upcoming safari in South Africa.

It's a guide tour with a small group.

Kruger Park, Pilanesberg, Marakele, Mapungubwe, Hluhluwe and some other places. Focused mostly on animals spotting but not exclusively.

I have several Olympus lenses for my E5.

- 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD, 150F2, 9-18, 35mm

- EC14, EC20 and the EX macro extention tube.

- And finaly the Sigma 50-500 aka Bigma.

So i need some help in selecting the right lenses as i don't want to drag 10 kg of hardware

all the time. And there is a luggage restriction during the trip anyway.

What's more important ? Long lenses during the day or fast lenses at dusk or dawn ?

Is it allowed for jeeps to leave the roads in those parks so they can be close to the animals ?

It makes a big difference in lens requirements.

Feel free to advice,


I'd take the 12-60 and bigma.
The 150 +EC20 is a fine combination (300mm f/4) and IMO will easily outperform the bigma for speed and IQ, however the versatility of the bigma can't be beaten. Changing lenses and EC combination in a moving vehicle in dusty environment won't be a pleasant experience.



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