Zoom recommendation for safari

Started Mar 13, 2019 | Questions thread
Adam007 Contributing Member • Posts: 641
Re: Zoom recommendation for safari

I've been on just one safari, and it was when I first started shooting, using a Sony RX10. That camera had a 200mm-equivalent lens.

That's the absolute bare minimum, and if there's ever a time to go long, a safari is it. You're in a jeep with animals a couple hundred yards or more away most of the time. Sometimes the lions are ten feet away, which is awesome, but this is probably not a typical day on your trip.

I have a DA* 300. That's 420 on your APSC, which is about right. Of course, it's a prime, and you would definitely want a second body to cover, say 70-200 (if you really need something wide, you would usually have time to switch lenses).

If you can only take one body, maybe rent the 150-450. I've often thought I might rent this lens for another safari. HOWEVER, there's a learning curve with these super-telephotos; it's taken me a while to get dialed into my 300 prime, and the 150-450 is a lot to handle. You might want to play with it for at least. week before your trip, just to get used to it. (and bring a beanbag to rest that lens on).

People like the Bigma, but almost everyone says the 300 and 150-450 are superior.

There's a Sigma 100-300 for K-Mount. It gets good reviews, and for an APSC, that might be the sweet spot in terms of flexibility.

Have fun!

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Fujifilm X100F Pentax K-1 Pentax smc DA* 300mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM Pentax smc FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited Pentax smc FA 43mm F1.9 Limited +5 more
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