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First trip to Africa - Suggestions/advice/comments​? Leaving in *2* days...

 
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May 13, 2018 22:34 |  #16

Mybludog wrote in post #18621041 (external link)
You've some really nice stuff there Ron. Africa certainly is an amazing place

Thank you, Mybludog! And I agree you about Africa. Even though my wife was not immediately receptive to the idea of going there when I first mentioned it to her in 2016, she loved our trip and we're returning later this year.


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May 22, 2018 10:57 |  #17

What wonderful photos!

Looks like it was a really great trip, rich in photo opportunities.

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Well, I had the 1.4X extender on my 100-400mm for the young lion, so 560mm, but the other shots were at 400mm or less.

This seems to conflict with the EXIF info that is posted along with the photo, which says that you shot it at 286mm. . It also says that you shot it at f5, which would be impossible with the 1.4 extender on. . I wonder why it reported such incorrect info to the file.


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May 23, 2018 00:35 |  #18

Mybludog wrote in post #18621041 (external link)
You've some really nice stuff there Ron. Africa certainly is an amazing place

Thanks, Mybludog! Glad you enjoyed the photos and appreciate you leaving a comment.


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May 23, 2018 08:38 |  #19

This in an interesting thread. Will be going to Namibia in July so have been thinking of what to bring for photos. Only have 3 lenses, a 50mm 1.8 STM, a 18-135 USM and 70-300 USM. Might have to bring all three




  
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May 23, 2018 09:51 |  #20

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18630383 (external link)
What wonderful photos!

Thank you, Tom! Glad you liked the photos and appreciate your comment.

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18630383 (external link)
Looks like it was a really great trip, rich in photo opportunities.

We had a *wonderful* trip and are returning to Africa later this year to visit some other locations.

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This seems to conflict with the EXIF info that is posted along with the photo, which says that you shot it at 286mm. . It also says that you shot it at f5, which would be impossible with the 1.4 extender on. . I wonder why it reported such incorrect info to the file.

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It does indeed conflict and I must apologize to all, but especially to RhodyPhotos, for my brain freeze. It appears that I took the info from the photo *below* the lion cub which was "Canon EOS 7D Mark II • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM @560mm • 1/400 • f/8 • ISO 1000", and which was actually for the young male lion gazing at us from a high vantage point on a boulder. Even though it looks in that photo like we're on the same plane and looking eye-to-eye, the lion was really 30 to 40 feet higher in elevation and, in fact, that was one of the few times I actually used the 1.4X extender during our trip.

Thanks, Tom, for calling that mistake to my attention. :-)


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May 23, 2018 11:18 |  #21

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This in an interesting thread. Will be going to Namibia in July so have been thinking of what to bring for photos. Only have 3 lenses, a 50mm 1.8 STM, a 18-135 USM and 70-300 USM. Might have to bring all three

I'd take all three yes.
If you are in the market, I'd replace the 70-300mm with something that goes to 400mm at least.

To stay on budget, look at the SIGMA 100-400mm or 150-600mm C. Both very affordable, both excellent.
( I'm assuming a lens like the Canon 100-400mm II is out of the question? )


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May 23, 2018 11:46 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #22

I have used the Canon 100-400 before and it is great but it was a "borrowed" lens, not something that I would travel with. I see Tamron has a 18-400mm lens. Any experiences with that particular lens?




  
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May 24, 2018 11:13 |  #23

As another thought, what about "compact" cameras like the Panasonic FZ-300 or FZ-1000, which have zooms to 600 and 400 mm respectively?




  
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Jun 19, 2018 22:32 |  #24

So a good friend has offered to let me borrow a lens from her for the trip. She has a Canon 100-400 II or a f2.8 70-200. I am thinking the 100-400 will be more useful as I would think that the fast 2.8 would not be as necessary as the longer reach? Thoughts by those of you that have done a photo safari?

I have 2 bodies, one is a T3i, the other a 7D. Which body with make the most sense? I plan to also take a 50mm f1.8 and 18-135 USM




  
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Jun 20, 2018 12:34 |  #25

The first time I went, I had the 100-400mm version 1 and the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS (among others)

I mounted the 70-200mm exactly once during a three week trip, and had the 100-400mm mounted to one of my 2 bodies the entire trip.

The second time I went, the 70-200mm stayed home, and again, the 100-400mm (this time version II) was mounted the entire two weeks.

ie: Take the 100-400mm.


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Jun 20, 2018 20:50 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #26

Thank you. That is the kind of information that I was looking for! I have access to a 18-55 f2.8 that I thought might be a good complement to the 100-400. I am leaning towards the 7D even though it is a bit larger and heavier.




  
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Jun 20, 2018 21:30 |  #27

I'd take both, keep the 100-400mm on the 7D during wildlife excursions, but keep the 18-55 on your T3 handy for wide angle shots, There will be plenty of vistas to capture as well.


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Jun 20, 2018 21:35 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #28

Thank you for the suggestions!




  
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Jun 22, 2018 17:48 |  #29

Great Stuff - outstanding images.

This may be a little late for you (and from the looks of your fine images not needed) but, for anyone else thinking about using the Canon 7D Mark II camera for moving subjects; here is the first segment of a great 5-part series of YouTube videos by Greg Atkinson...

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=pYFMVnCDqig&​t=492s (external link)

The additional four parts of this series can be linked from Part One.

Greg is a South African wildlife photographer and safari guide.


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Jun 23, 2018 16:28 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #30

I have a 7D and a T3i. I have settled on the following lenses, 17-55 f2.8 and 100-400L Mk II. I have not decided on the body but am leaning towards the 7D over the T3i




  
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