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01/31/2007 07:02:46 PM · #1
I am going to africa soon and I am looking for a telephoto zoom lense for the safari's I will be going on. I am currently looking at the sigma 70-300. I was curious of what you thought of that?
01/31/2007 07:17:37 PM · #2
Don't forget to cover your wide end for landscapes.

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01/31/2007 07:23:29 PM · #3
I used a 17-40 and a 100-400 in Africa, mostly the 100-400. Instead of the 17-40, my 28-135 would have been a better choice for the wide end.

300 to 400 is the bare minimum when shooting the animals. But, as Eugene mentioned, don't forget a wide angle lens for the amazing landscapes.
01/31/2007 07:28:04 PM · #4
This Sigma would be awesome for a safari, but might cost more than the whole trip.
01/31/2007 07:32:13 PM · #5
the Sigma 50-500 would server you well and is only $1,000
01/31/2007 07:32:27 PM · #6
With a FF this lens may be better.

This wld be the bare minimum for wildlife on a FF, while still somewhat affordable.

Previous posters used cameras with a 1.6 crop. There is, of course, nothing to multiply with the 1D. 400mm is 400mm is 400mm.

Message edited by author 2007-01-31 19:38:16.
01/31/2007 07:40:19 PM · #7
It might be worth looking into a teleconverter to go with a telephoto lens. I'm not sure if they work with the Canon 100-400 or Sigmas, but certainly check it out - it's a good way to incrase range and versitility of a lens at lower cost.
01/31/2007 07:48:29 PM · #8
Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

It might be worth looking into a teleconverter to go with a telephoto lens. I'm not sure if they work with the Canon 100-400...


He'd have to sacrifice auto-focus. Can't do without auto-focus photographing wildlife.
01/31/2007 08:15:55 PM · #9
Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

It might be worth looking into a teleconverter to go with a telephoto lens. I'm not sure if they work with the Canon 100-400...

He'd have to sacrifice auto-focus. Can't do without auto-focus photographing wildlife.

While I'd agree with this for dast moving wildlife. I disagree that autofocus is necessary. There were time I should have shot manual and got the focus dead on faster. I missed a few shots due to slow AF.
01/31/2007 08:38:17 PM · #10
Originally posted by _eug:

Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

It might be worth looking into a teleconverter to go with a telephoto lens. I'm not sure if they work with the Canon 100-400...

He'd have to sacrifice auto-focus. Can't do without auto-focus photographing wildlife.

While I'd agree with this for dast moving wildlife. I disagree that autofocus is necessary. There were time I should have shot manual and got the focus dead on faster. I missed a few shots due to slow AF.


With the Canon EF 100-400mm?
01/31/2007 08:39:09 PM · #11
Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by _eug:

Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

It might be worth looking into a teleconverter to go with a telephoto lens. I'm not sure if they work with the Canon 100-400...

He'd have to sacrifice auto-focus. Can't do without auto-focus photographing wildlife.

While I'd agree with this for dast moving wildlife. I disagree that autofocus is necessary. There were time I should have shot manual and got the focus dead on faster. I missed a few shots due to slow AF.


With the Canon EF 100-400mm?


Eugene shoots Nikon. ;oP
01/31/2007 08:45:33 PM · #12
Originally posted by cpanaioti:

Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by _eug:

Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

It might be worth looking into a teleconverter to go with a telephoto lens. I'm not sure if they work with the Canon 100-400...

He'd have to sacrifice auto-focus. Can't do without auto-focus photographing wildlife.

While I'd agree with this for dast moving wildlife. I disagree that autofocus is necessary. There were time I should have shot manual and got the focus dead on faster. I missed a few shots due to slow AF.


With the Canon EF 100-400mm?


Eugene shoots Nikon. ;oP


Well, ok. On second thought, if his subjects are cooperative and fairly stationary, he might have something of a chance. I'd find this lens near impossible to manually focus a moving subject. And I imagine that a moving subject is what we want to take pictures of, every now and then.
01/31/2007 08:47:48 PM · #13
Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by cpanaioti:

Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by _eug:

Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

It might be worth looking into a teleconverter to go with a telephoto lens. I'm not sure if they work with the Canon 100-400...

He'd have to sacrifice auto-focus. Can't do without auto-focus photographing wildlife.

While I'd agree with this for dast moving wildlife. I disagree that autofocus is necessary. There were time I should have shot manual and got the focus dead on faster. I missed a few shots due to slow AF.


With the Canon EF 100-400mm?


Eugene shoots Nikon. ;oP


Well, ok. On second thought, if his subjects are cooperative and fairly stationary, he might have something of a chance. I'd find this lens near impossible to manually focus a moving subject. And I imagine that a moving subject is what we want to take pictures of, every now and then.


You're right about trying to manually focus the 100-400 on a moving subject.
01/31/2007 09:21:17 PM · #14
I say the 100-400 is minimal for wildlife and anything works for landscapes. I like my 24-70mm.
If you can afford a 500 or 600mm or can rent one they would be great too. I would not use it with a TC too much loss of contrast and quality
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