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Which Lens for Pantanal Trip?

 
Bogino
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Jan 19, 2018 19:37 |  #1

I'm in the process of finalizing plans to visit the Pantanal this October. My 2 primary photo targets are, of course the Jaguar, and secondly Hyacinth Macaws.

I own the Canon 70-300mm f/4 - 5.6L lens and I also just acquired a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM which I love. Question is:

Which of the 2 should I take and why? If the 70-200mm should I consider an extender for that?

Thank You.


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Jan 20, 2018 03:14 |  #2

Bogino wrote in post #18544760 (external link)
I'm in the process of finalizing plans to visit the Pantanal this October. My 2 primary photo targets are, of course the Jaguar, and secondly Hyacinth Macaws.

I own the Canon 70-300mm f/4 - 5.6L lens and I also just acquired a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM which I love. Question is:

Which of the 2 should I take and why? If the 70-200mm should I consider an extender for that?

Perhaps you will find some info here that is helpful:

http://photosafaris.co​m ...razils-Pantanal-2012-Trip (external link)

and:

https://www.dpreview.c​om/forums/thread/41361​24 (external link)

and also:

https://www.wildlifewo​rkshops.com ...-the-pantanal-photo-tour/ (external link)

All seem to advocate a lens longer than either of the two that you currently have. . It wouldn't surprise me in the least if you end up taking a 100-400mm or a 150-600mm zoom on this trip, either via rent or purchase.

Of course, even with a big lens, you'll probably still want to take your 70-200mm lens along for those occasions where a wider, more contextual field of view is desired.


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Trik
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Jan 21, 2018 12:09 as a reply to Tom Reichner's post |  #3

I agree strongly with Tom - the longer the reach the better, especially for a trip like you are planning. I don't think you'll regret it and find you are over-lensed - the reverse in fact.

Good luck with the trip.


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cutaway
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Jan 21, 2018 14:23 |  #4

We were in the Pantanal last year. Given the 2 lenses you mentioned I'd go with the 70-300. As others have said, the longer the better. My wife's long lens was the 100-400. I had the 100-400v2 plus a 600mm. In addition to the reach of the longer lenses it's important to consider that many shots will have to deal with heavy shade and early morning/late afternoon light. While the 600mm was sometimes overkill it was a big advantage to have an f4 lens.




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Jan 21, 2018 16:03 |  #5

I don't have anything to add to the thread that hasn't been said, other than my feelings of indescribable jealousy.

Have fun! And share your photos!


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21 hours ago |  #6

Although the 70-300mm f/4-5.6L is a great lens, it is pretty slow at its longest end. The shots of the jaguar at least, may occur in very low light levels where the f/2.8 would be an advantage.

You didn't mention if you are shooting with a full frame or a crop camera. If full frame, I suggest that you get a crop camera as a back up and as a second camera. If you are shooting with a crop camera, I suggest a full frame as a back up and second camera.

I would not go on a trip without a back up camera. Several years ago, I fell climbing a hill on the first day of a ten day trip to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula and broke my Canon 40D. The 30D I had as a back up and second camera saved the trip photographically.

I use a 1.4x TC with both my 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and my 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses but, I understand that the 2x MK iii TC meshes quite well with the 70-200mm f/2.8 (series) lenses.

I would also bring a hotshoe flash equipped with a flash extender for fill light.


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