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Lens for tiger photography

KevR Plus
7 7 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2020 9:39PM
Hi, I was wondering what canon lenses would be best for a trip to india primarily aimed at photographing Tigers, elephants & leopards?

I was thinking 28-70 f2.8, 100 -400 mm mk2 & a prime.

I've been thinking about the 400mm f4 DO2, or 500 mm f4. I was wondering how practical a 500 mm would be in a jeep?

Thanks in advance

21 Jun 2020 11:00PM
I would stick to the 100-400mm, giving you greater versatility for the ever changing situations.
You need to limit the number of lens changes and the amount of kit you take as it can get very dusty, cramped and often unpredictable incidents

sherlob Plus
16 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2020 9:48AM
I've used my Sigma 120-300 f2.8 with x2 converter on a good number of game drives without issue. This is a whopping lens in terms of weight at nearly 3.5kg which is a couple of hundred grams more than the 500 f4 mkii. Although I think the 500 is a little longer in terms of physical length. I combine this with a second body that has a 70-200 attached. I must admit that the combo I'd prefer for safari would be a 100-400mm on one body (with a faster 70-200 in the kit bag) and a 500mm prime on the other (with extenders in the kit bag).
KevR Plus
7 7 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2020 6:47PM
Thank you both for your comments. With the current situation at least I'll have plenty of time before having to makd a decision.
peterjones 20 5.2k 1 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2020 7:18AM
Your 100-400 would be ideal and if it the latest lens don’t forget a 1.4 tc just in case.
ARI 20 602 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 5:16PM
28-70 f2.8, 100 -400 mm, definitely and along with X1.4 converter. I would also recommend a body dedicated to each lens as you would lose opportunity changing lens and also expect dust/dirt off the sensor, of which there is plenty. On my trip, I brought a 600f4 and was hardly used except for birds.
Also recommend the use of bean bags that can be draped over roll bars.
Have a great trip.
peterjones 20 5.2k 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2020 11:45AM
As "ARI" says .... a perfect travel combination; i must remember that advice myself in future when we can travel again .... not to take too much with me .....!
ARI 20 602 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2020 12:34AM
KevR is wise in researching what equipment is best for his trip. An often quoted comment is ' the best camera/lens is what you have'. If you do not have it, you have lost the shot. My tiger viewing was at Tababor Reserve. Thick bamboo forests. We encountered the cats regularly on the road and they walk past the viewing vehicles, sometimes about one meter away. The 600mm was not of much use for the casts unless I wanted a butt shot. My kit was 24-10 attached to EOS7D, 70-200 with 1.4 attached another eos 7D, and the 600 was attached to a eos 5D. No fumbling to change lens, pick up the required camera as needed.. Bean bag was my best friend.

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