Zoom recommendation for safari

Started Mar 13, 2019 | Questions thread
Zvonimir Tosic
Zvonimir Tosic Veteran Member • Posts: 3,125
More crucial than a lens ...

Horatiu Mihalache wrote:

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?

Thanks!

More crucial than a lens (you can choose any, whatever suits you), is that you use appropriate lens filters during your endeavour.

1. PL filter: African plains are full of dust, randomly moving grass and sun reflections, which will saturate your shots with unpleasant OoF characteristics. You absolutely must use a variable (circular) PL filter, the best one you can get, which will tame excessive reflections and mush, (especially with cheaper optics not designed for beautiful OoF).

2. ND filter: Also, take a good ND filter if you wish to photograph events from dawn up to 11 am, and glorious sunsets; ND filter will allow you better sensor saturation by allowing for longer exposures in an environment where you cannot use flash (vast landscapes) to boost low-gain inter-tonal values.

3. Small flash: Also take a small flash unit if you can, and use whenever you can, for fill-in: strong sun always creates strong shadows, and you need better tonal values than that. Take care and have fun.

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