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Lenses / Re: Safari lens advice: Personal Experience
« on: December 27, 2014, 07:40:56 PM »
About a month ago my wife and I were on a safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa. I went there with all the gear I had - 70D crop body, 10-18 EF-S, 17-55 EF-S, 100mm L macro, 70-200 f/4 IS L, 150-600 Tamron IS, and 1.4X Extender III. My wife also had an EOS-M and an 18-200mm Tamron IS lens.

Looking back on the trip, while travelling in the safari vehicle, 99% of my pictures were with the Tamron 150-600mm lens. There were only 2 situations when this lens was not appropriate: on entry to Orpen Gate into Kruger on the first day - the Kudus were very close and I had the 70-200mm lens already mounted, and once when a giraffe was too close to the vehicle and the big Tamron lens at 150mm was still not wide enough. My wife got a really good image here! The rest of the time the big Tamron lens was perfect. I never had need for more reach. Maybe it was just my luck.

When we stopped for lunch, the 17-55mm was perfect for landscape shots, and the 150-600mm lens was perfect for birds in the trees there.

When in the safari vehicle you need to be aware of the cramped space for passengers and gear. There were spots for 3 passengers in 3 rows in the back of the open-air tiered pickup vehicle. We were VERY fortunate that we never had more than 2 in our row, so that left space for my modest camera bag on the bench seat. This would have been not possible with 3 in the row, and would have made changing lenses impossible. Extracting my camera bag from under my legs for this exercise would have been out of the question.

My advise would be to have a moderate-to-long reach camera+lens while travelling in the vehicle (or more if you want to have them around your neck for hours on end), and additional shorter reach lenses while on breaks and lunch. Please note that while travelling you cannot get out of the vehicle except at designated rest/lunch stops.

I think on balance I was fortunate in my selection and use of camera gear. The pictures from the safari turned out well for both my wife and I. This was truly a trip of a lifetime.

Lenses / Re: Selling 35mm 2.0 & 85mm 1.8 to buy 17-55 2.8
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:33:55 PM »
While I don't have a good picture of the market in Canada for used lenses, I think your choice of the 17-55mm is sound. I have used this lens on two different crop bodies for several years and think it a solid choice.

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