Zoom recommendation for safari

Started Mar 13, 2019 | Questions thread
Alex Sarbu Forum Pro • Posts: 11,808
Re: Zoom recommendation for safari

miles green wrote:

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!?

Right, the D FA 150-450 is excellent. The AF isn't the fastest in its class - similar, perhaps slightly faster than the Nikkor 200-500 - but it's faster than many Pentax telephoto lenses.

It takes a lot of space though, would Horatiu be willing to lug it around? (maybe, for such a rare occasion...). I had to buy a backpack just to properly carry this lens.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the 50-300 RE PLM: perhaps the fastest Pentax lens AF-wise, decent optics, and quite compact.


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