MFT Lenses For East African Safari

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MFT Lenses For East African Safari
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Greetings everyone! I'm brand new to DPREVIEW and look forward to learning from more experienced MFT shooters!

I'll be taking an East African safari tour (Kenya & Tanzania) in August, 2022 and would appreciate thoughts and recommendations from those who have experience in this region. Here's some background:

> Visits along our Tauck tour: Arusha, Amboseli National Park, Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nairobi, Maasai Mara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro crater and Lake Manyara National Park. All tours will be using 4 wheel drive vehicles

> I've been shooting with a G9 for 3 years but pretty casually.. now working on improving my skills

Not knowing the range of distances that wildlife will appear, I've been considering using my Panasonic 50-200 with tc1.4 for telephoto and a combination of my Panasonic 12-60 f2.8 and Panasonic35-100 f2.8 for medium to closer opportunities. I also plan on taking my Panasonic 8-19 for wide angle.

I plan on picking up a second G9 body.

Now.. questions:

> I've read very good reviews on the Zuiko12-100 pro. Do you think that I'd be better off not taking the 12-60 and/or the 35-100 and just picking up the Zuiko12-100 for mid to close shots and avoid lens changes to the extent possible?

> Could someone also confirm that the Zuiko 12-100 Pro works well with the G9 - other than being able to use ONLY lens stabilization (as IBIS is not available with this combination?  Any other limitation I should be aware of?

> I've also read positive reviews about the Panasonic 100-400. From what I'm understanding, it's not as good as the 50-200 (IQ-wise) but obviously the extended reach plays a role in the decision. Budget aside, do you think that the 50-200 with tc1.4 will be sufficient for 90+% of the opportunities or would there be material value in having the Panasonic 100-400 (understanding any trade-offs in reach vs. IQ vs. weight)

Thanks in advance to those who have been to this region and shot with the above kind of gear...

 SaraJen's gear list:SaraJen's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 OIS Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 Panasonic Leica 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Panasonic 8-18mm F2.8-4 +2 more
Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
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