My wife and I will leaving on our first trip to Africa in less than a week. When I suggested the trip last year, she was underwhelmed but has come around to being pretty excited. We'll both be shooting primarily with a Canon 7D Mark II and a 100-400 IS II lens but will also have wide angle and macro lenses. I also bought a Canon 5D IV for a backup camera in case we encounter a problem with our 7D'S.
We're scheduled to visit the following locations:
1. Timbavati PGReserve, Kruger Park, South Africa - 2 days
2. Kapama PGReserve, Kruger Park, South Africa - 2 days
3. Sheldrick +Giraffe Center
4. Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy, Tanzania - 2 days
5. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (335 kms from Arusha) - 2 days
6. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya - 2 days
I would appreciate any suggestions or advice anyone can provide on the places we will be visiting and/or staying.
We have the Canon 1.4 Extenders to be used with the Canon 100-400, but after seeing photos of how close the animals sometimes are to the vehicles, I'm wondering if they will even be needed. Does anyone have experience with using extenders in this situation?
We were bringing a third camera body only as a backup, but I'm wondering if it might make sense to put my 24-70 lens on it and have it available for anything large that gets too close to the vehicle to effectively use the 100-400. I've read cautions that changing lenses in the field should not usually be done in Africa because of the dust. Have any of you done this on a safari (used two bodies simultaneously) and is it feasible or would it be too awkward in the vehicles?
Anyway, hope any of you folks who have already made this trip will be able to give me some suggestions or advice.