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Greetings, towards the end of November I'm heading to Kenya & Tanzania for a Safari. I I have a Canon 7D with just the stock lens. I'm looking to buy a telephoto lens for the trip. Looking for good price/performance ratio. I don't need anything to crazy. I just want to take some nice close ups of animals and stuff from a far. Probably want something from the Canon EF lineup. Also recommend any accessories I might need like a lens hood etc.
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post #2 of 11
Depending on how long youll be gone I would look into renting something like the 300 2.8 and some extenders or the 500 f/4.

If your looking to buy something what is your price range. For telephoto it can range from $100 to $10,000.
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eh id say 1k - 1.5k max
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post #4 of 11
A used 300 f/4L and an extender would work well and give you decent reach if there is good light. Also it would be easy to travel with.

Also take a look at the 100-400, Sigma 150-500 and possibly the new 70-300L (haven't seen much on that one yet).
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Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L $1,500.00.

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L $1,479.00.
     
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post #6 of 11
70-300

or

100-400
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How long is the safari? Why not rent?
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50-500 "bigma" or 200-500 tamron
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Wow you can get the 50-500mm for 1500 or less now? Goddamn I paid 2000 for mines.
     
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A piece of advice from a guy who lived and worked in rural Kenya pick your tour provider very carefully you don't want to be stuck on some minibus trying to take pictures from an elevated position. I've seen many tourist sitting 8 -10 feet off the ground in comfort with dozen other people on those minibuses. Spend the money on a more personalized tour if you can. Don't forget you will be traveling during dry season so it will be DUSTY.

What parks are you planning on going to? How long will you stay in Kenya?

You probably want to pack a wide angle lens if possible amazing landscapes and night sky. When you get a chance once you are outside of Nairobi look up at the night sky you will see constellations from both the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere. I doubt you will be able to photograph the Southern Cross and Big Dipper in one shot though.

Here is an Important phrase to learn and use:

Sina pesa, pronounced "see-na pay-sa", I have no money!!

Yes lion king will help you a few words and a phrase in Swahili if you are wondering.
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