I am a amateur photographer blessed to going on my first Safari (Tanzania) in the beginning of 2014. I am traveling in a 4x4 jeep with a pop top and will be using bean bags on the top/windows. I have rented a 300mm f/2.8L Is lens for the month but have a few additional questions. Which body do you recommend I put the 300mm on? I also am happy to rent the Canon 1.4x Extender if you think it would be best. I would like to have two bodies one with the telephoto and one with the 50mm or 85mm for when the animals get close. My follow up question is if I can get away with my 50mm/85mm for animals that get closer to the jeep. I realize that without the ability to zoom this may be a challenge I do not want to have. I am a portrait/marketing photographer so wildlife is not my area of expertise at all. I would be willing to rent a Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS11 or 24-70mm f/2.8 11 the second body for closer to the jeep.
The auto focus (al-servo) is so much better on the 7D for movement and tracking the animals but the downside is the crop (lack of full sensor). I will not be using a tripod so an nervous of the 5D Mark 11 being able to focus quickly. For low light the 5D Mark11 is much better and will produce less noise.
Any advice would be welcome. Thank you so much!
Equipment I have:
5D Mark 11
300mm f/2.8L IS (renting for the month)
Canon 50mm - 1.4
Canon 85mm - 1.8
Sigma 10-20mm 1.4-5.6 DC HSM
Canon "crappy - my opinion" 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IV USM
Thank you again for you help,