Zoom recommendation for safari

Started Mar 13, 2019 | Questions thread
miles green
miles green Veteran Member • Posts: 7,635
Re: Zoom recommendation for safari

Horatiu Mihalache wrote:


In the summer I will go for a safari trip to Malawi, Zambia & Botswana (my first).

I have no experience whatsoever with safari photography nor with long lenses. I rarely use my 70mm on my K-3ii and almost never go beyond that.

I would like to take some nice pictures but they will be just memories - no printing or selling.

I was looking at Sigma 50-500 (both versions) but they seem very hard to find, even used, and I don't know if I will really need all that reach.

What sort of focal lengths it's more likely that I will need? And, if I am not asking too much, what lenses would you recommend?


I have been VERY impressed by the DFA 150-450 on the K1ii. Optics, build quality, AF speed and accuracy... all excellent. Where is the * this lens deserves!? Those who have used both say it runs circles around the Sigma 50-500. (OK, it should, one's a 3x zoom, the other is 10x)

It's heavy, you should pactice handling with any such lens if you're not used to it.

Is it too long on the short end? I don't know, but if you have a second camera for the wide shots, you'll definitely be very happy.

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