Zoom recommendation for safari

Started Mar 13, 2019 | Questions thread
Jon Schick Veteran Member • Posts: 4,675
Re: Zoom recommendation for safari

I've been on one safari - to three camps in Botswana over several days - and even for larger animals like lions I think 300mm would be a minimum.  Most of my best images came from an old Tamron 500mm mirror lens (which I would not recommend unless you really want to learn how to use it) mounted on a K20D, which was the best Pentax body at that time.  The remaining best images were twilight landscape shots taken with the FA35/2 and a Voigtlander 58/1.4.

If I was to go back now I'd take a zoom reaching at least 400mm for daytime, and a fast constant f2.8 shorter zoom for when the light goes... Perhaps the 50-135 or a 70-200.

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