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Advice on renting a lens

scartlane 7 68 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 9:07AM

Wonder if you guys can help,
Im off to south africa and mauritus for a couple of weeks in a month.
While in south africa we are in cape town and out on safari, im thinking that i need a new lense with quite a large Fstop as most of the safari will be in low light conditions.

anyone any expericen of being on safari? what size fstop and mm to go for? im thinking renting is probably all i can afford at the moment but no idea where to start to look.
and ideas?


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GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 10:18AM
not been on safari but from what i have seen a 300mm 2.8 and a 1.4 tc is all thats need, as you get close enough to the animals. A bean bag will be useful to rest the lens on the racks of the jeeps for some stability.
A recent post on the very subject with images http://nikonrumors.com/2013/08/24/guest-post-nikon-d800-goes-wild-in-africa.aspx/
rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 1:51PM
From a quick look at your portfolio it would appear that already have a 70-300 lens, and I would have thought that it would be quite suitable for what you're doing.

I've been on a few safaris, and my main camera/lens combination has been a Canon 7D with a 100-400 f4-5.6. The lack of a wider f stop has never been a problem, as although you leave camp at the crack of dawn, the sun rises quickly, and the next couple of hours are really beautiful light.

Bear in mind that if you rent anything like the 300 2.8 mentioned, you are carrying a lot of weight!

(My own solution to the size/weight problem was the purchase of an Olympus OMD EM-5, with a Panasonic 100-300 lens last year, and the lack of wide aperture was never a problem)
26 Aug 2013 3:35PM
You can hire everything you need from here at very reasonable rates.

The 90-250 f/2.8 will give you the reach of a 180 - 500 mm in 35mm equivalent FoV.

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