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03/13/2012 10:07:02 AM · #1
Going to Disney World next week... thinking about renting a longer zoom.

Camera: Nikon D3100
I have the kit lens, and I've got the 55-200mm (Non VR)

Thinking about a 300 or 400mm VR... anyone shot at Animal Kingdom? Would these be necessary?
03/13/2012 10:42:33 AM · #2
The best option for animals in Animal Kingdom is the Zafari... And yes, a long lens comes in handy... Now keep in mind there will be a lot of jumping and moving on those trucks but the drivers stop from time to time... You just gotta be quick... :)

I took my 55-300 with me and got some nice shots...

Also, for the parade, if you want to capture nice close-ups of the characters, the long lens will help...

03/13/2012 12:16:09 PM · #3
Keep this in mind, Disney World is a lot closer together than you might think, And it's Full of people,,,, a long lense would be a blast for getting candids, and your kids on some of the rides (if you can find them LOL) but if your wanting to get shots of lets say the cool buildings etc... Or snow white etc your gonna have a bunch of kids n adults too in front of you... I actually took a 35mm and had a blast with it. Yes there were times I wished I'd have taken my 300 in as well... They did have lockers you could rent, so if you don't want to carry two lenses you can leave one in a locker until your sure which will fit your taste.

Off course if your tall you can stand way back and zoom in on Mickey... me 5' squat, I just pushed kids around.. LOL
03/13/2012 12:20:12 PM · #4
To be honest, i wouldn't bother.

unless you go first thing in the morning the animals aren't really out and about, two the safari is short, and very very bumpy.

its a ride, its not meant you for to get great pictures.

if you want great pictures of animals, go to a zoo.

you may get one or two lucky shots but you have to be real quick. if you plan to use the lens elsewhere in the park then go for it and take your chances on the safari.

03/13/2012 12:39:26 PM · #5
The 55-300 VR is a great "riding around" lens if you can find one to rent. It would probably be less expensive than renting one long prime, and then not having the zoom option if the subjects come right up to you. It's the lens that I keep on my camera when I am on the move. The VR helps a lot when you are moving, and AF is pretty fast with it.
If you want to be able to go wider, get a little water bottle pouch that will hold the 55-300, and take your wider zoom so you can carry the extra lens on your belt, but not have to carry a bag of stuff. The 55-300 is about the size of a 16 oz water bottle.
Be sure to take an extra card and battery if you are planning on shooting a lot.
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