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Jun 29, 2017 17:29 as a reply to  @ post 18390084 |  #16

the best animals sightings are early and late when there's little light. of course FF has the advantage in low light. i'd say my 80d is acceptable at iso 3200 but previous crop sensors I have used were pretty lousy at and after iso 1600.

imo, 400mm is plenty of reach. of course there are times you'll wish you had more reach but that would be the case no matter what length lens you are using. in fact 300mm on crop would be plenty, imo.

back then I used the 1d mark III + 100-400L I. I also had a 30d, 16-35L II and 50 1.4.

I found myself wanting more light waaay more than more reach.

we were also only allowed 40 lbs of luggage and gear. I also took a lightweight tripod and a monopod. I used the monopod with tilt head for 95% of the shots from the jeep. 90% of my shots were with 100-400.


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Jun 29, 2017 22:56 |  #17

stiscooby wrote in post #18389643 (external link)
With regards to a prime, I don't think one would be for me as I prefer the flexibility of a zoom.

Then go with a 100-400 you can afford.
You'll still need to bring (and swap) another zoom for < 100mm.


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Jun 30, 2017 07:42 |  #18

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Then go with a 100-400 you can afford.
You'll still need to bring (and swap) another zoom for < 100mm.

Yes, I will still take my 18-135mm IS STM too, hopefully I won't need to swap it too many times while out amongst the dust and dirt.




  
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Jun 30, 2017 11:01 |  #19

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Yes, I will still take my 18-135mm IS STM too, hopefully I won't need to swap it too many times while out amongst the dust and dirt.


I would pack some sensor cleaning kit too, so that you can clean the sensor while away. It could even be worth doing a sensor clean for each day, Would be better than having to fix lots of shots in post.

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Jun 30, 2017 13:09 |  #20

I'd say that adding a second body, ANY second body with an 18-135mm STM or some other wide zoom would be far more beneficial than upgrading one body.


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Jun 30, 2017 13:59 as a reply to  @ BigAl007's post |  #21

you won't have the time or the energy or the need to clean your sensor every day or at all. with the modern cameras I clean the sensor maybe once every six months on my main body and I shoot in a lot of extreme situations and will change lenses anywhere.


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Jun 30, 2017 14:02 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #22

a second body is a must for a photographer. no amazon prime in SA  :p


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Jun 30, 2017 20:43 |  #23

ed rader wrote in post #18391046 (external link)
no amazon prime in SA  :p

The OP does not like primes. What about amazon zoom ? :p


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Jul 01, 2017 12:19 |  #24

Having spent two hours with the travel agent this morning, we are due to confirm on Monday (once we have checked we can both get the time off work) a stay at the private game reserve Shamwari, the agent has been there and it sounds superb, anyway, she did mention on the game drives you do get very close to the animals - literally a few meters away on occasion.

So, I'm kind of thinking a 100-400mm might be better than a 150-600mm as I might not need the reach due to where we are going plus the 100-400mm might be easier in the bag/carry about etc.

After Shamwari we will be off to Cape Town so probably won't need a 150-600mm there.

Just got to decide now if I get the canon or the sigma. If I were to hire a lens, the amount of days I'd need it for will mean it will cost over £200 for the canon 100-400mm L II (going on a Monday and return the following Friday so will prob have to have it for the weekends at the start and end of the holiday) and when you consider the sigma is around £800 to buy, that £200 would be a good chunk towards the sigma.

Hhmmm decisions decisions!




  
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Jul 01, 2017 12:52 |  #25

Go for the Sigma, who wants to put an ugly white lens on a black camera body?

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Jul 15, 2017 04:54 |  #27

stiscooby wrote in post #18391741 (external link)
Having spent two hours with the travel agent this morning, we are due to confirm on Monday (once we have checked we can both get the time off work) a stay at the private game reserve Shamwari, the agent has been there and it sounds superb, anyway, she did mention on the game drives you do get very close to the animals - literally a few meters away on occasion.

So, I'm kind of thinking a 100-400mm might be better than a 150-600mm as I might not need the reach due to where we are going plus the 100-400mm might be easier in the bag/carry about etc.

After Shamwari we will be off to Cape Town so probably won't need a 150-600mm there.

Just got to decide now if I get the canon or the sigma. If I were to hire a lens, the amount of days I'd need it for will mean it will cost over £200 for the canon 100-400mm L II (going on a Monday and return the following Friday so will prob have to have it for the weekends at the start and end of the holiday) and when you consider the sigma is around £800 to buy, that £200 would be a good chunk towards the sigma.

Hhmmm decisions decisions!

I would buy then sell, if you have a good healthy local market to sell to. Often times, you basically "rent" for nothing, doing that. If it's a popular item.

If you don't have confidence you can sell easily, then just rent.

Otherwise, just get a 100-400 MKI and buy it used. Or get the newest Sigma 100-400. Take more trips. Life is too short to worry about it. Take more trips.

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Oct 30, 2017 16:08 |  #28

Just thought I would update this thread............ I ended up going for the Canon 100-400mm L IS II ;-)a Managed to get a new one here in the UK when an offer was on so it was just over £1.5k.

Have been back from our holiday for the last week or so, we had a fantastic time, the Safari was certainly the highlight, shame we had to come home.

I have uploaded a few pics should anyone be interested, they are straight from the camera (apart from one or two) as I haven't had time to do anything with them as yet and a few friends/family were asking to see some so uploaded a few here - https://drive.google.c​om …hGX0xGQXJrN2c?u​sp=sharing (external link)

I found the 100-400mm perfect on the Safari, it was a private reserve so in some places we were able to get up quite close to the animals, only had a couple of occasions when 100mm was too long as we got that close but was able to easily swap to the 18-135mm lens (it wasn't dusty). Most of the time I was close to 400mm than much else.




  
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Oct 30, 2017 16:29 |  #29

Looks like we are missing out on about 800 shots :-)

I can tell it was a great trip -- post up some more when you get a chance.




  
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Nov 01, 2017 14:13 |  #30

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Looks like we are missing out on about 800 shots :-)

I can tell it was a great trip -- post up some more when you get a chance.

lol, very observant of you ;-)a There were/are over 800 shots taken, but I didn't want to bore people too much so just uploaded a few, plus my photography skills are no where near the level of some on here :oops:




  
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