Decision on Bridge Cameras for Safari

Started Aug 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
quezra Veteran Member • Posts: 3,915
Re: Decision on Bridge Cameras for Safari

It makes a difference which safari parks you are going to, and what kind of rides.  If your safari is only permitted to travel on tracks, there might be some case for 50x zoom.  However, if you are allowed off the parks, even a DSLR 200mm will be more than enough (300mm after crop factor) because you usually can drive quite close to the animals.  Boat rides may find the animals quite far away sometimes, but usually they are designed to go right up along the side where animals regularly come for water in the afternoons, so you will be able to get incredibly close to them with any big zoom.

Secondly, if you want to catch birds then yes, 50x zoom.  If you don't really care for them or only the really big interesting ones, then 24x zoom is good (marabou storks, crested cranes were no problem with a 300mm equivalent lens last time I went, which is half the FZ200 length).  Take note you will need a tripod above the 600mm of the FZ200 (though this camera can just about get away with it because of its fast lens - the same does not apply for other superzooms)

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