Safari Lens and Body Options - Zambia

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darkcloud154 New Member • Posts: 10
Safari Lens and Body Options - Zambia


I am travelling to Zambia in mid-sept for a self drive safari. We will be going to South Luangwa and also Kafue.

I currently have;

  • Nikon D810
  • 24-120 f4 lens
  • 16-35 f4 lens
  • Monopod

Looking to rent for def:

  • 200-500 f5.6 Nikkor

I did think about the sigma lens - the big 150-600mm ones, but every comparison i have seen says the Nikkor is sharper and has better colour reproduction. But some say there isn't much in it.


  • 70-200 f2.8 / or even f4?
  • Another body;
    • D610
    • D7200

I keep reading, and also have been given advice by some pro's via msg on Instagram, that for Safari it makes sense to take 2 bodies with 2 focal lengths on 2 bodies. It doesn't make sense to have one body unless you have something like a 60-600mm Sigma. But not convinced those huge focal lengths produce the best images as there are always compromises in making those lens.


  • does it make sense to hire another body, and if so a dx or a full frame one, i'm thinking of ISO performance - i think my D810 will take the 200-500
  • Does it make sense to hire the 70-200 f2.8 or hire another body and use the 24-120?

Any other thoughts would be welcomed. Weight isn't an issue as we are not flying via light aircrafts.


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