« on: March 06, 2014, 03:26:41 AM »
I went on a specialist photographic safari to the masai Mara and surrounding area last Sepember and going back again this year. The one thing I did learn is that you need fast lenses for low light, this is when you take the best images and this is the time animals are quite active, early morning and as the sun sets. My kit comprised Canon 5dmk111 and 7d as well as Canon 300f2.8mk11, Canon 70-200f2.8mk11, 1.4 + 2 x extenders both mk111 and canon 24-104 lens. Most shots were taken with the 300mm lens on the 5Dmk111 with and without extenders.
I can tell you that some people did have the Canon 100-400 and Canon 70-300 prime lenses but these were of no use in low light given their 5.6 aperture. Fine in good light. I hardly used the 7d as the cropping ability on the 5dmk111 is excellent.
The 300f2.8 lens is a tremendous lens for safari, so versitile with and without extenders, but you do need a decent camera with the ability to focus accurately in low light, this is where the 5dmk111 shines.