Opinion on Panasonic G3+100-300 for African safari

Started Jun 8, 2014 | Discussions thread
Richard Weisgrau Veteran Member • Posts: 3,530
Re: Opinion on Panasonic G3+100-300 for African safari

While I am now a staunch Lumix G series user, I was a Nikon user for decades. I think the D7000 + D5100 is your best bet. With a maximum effective FL of 450mm you are unlikely to find it too short. You will have the advantage of a high pixel count if you shoot RAW or large Jpegs. That count will allow you to crop quite a bot before degrading the image unless you intend to be making some really large prints (over 12/18).

You will have the added advantage of a back up body. You know Murphy's law, and it can happen in the bush where you cannot get another camera.

Finally, I suggest that you consider a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lens with a 1.4x or 2x tele extender for the trip. With 2x you will have an effective maximum focal length of 600mm and a max aperture of 5.6. I do not think you will miss any photo ops with that combo.

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