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Just great shots Dean - it's a bit of an eye opener to me how the place has changed since I spent a couple of days there in 1989. To see the lady in a motor boat and not a sampan just sums it up for me.
Thanks, Peter ... they still call them sampans ... just motorized I would imagine a lot has changed here over the last 20 odd years ... I'm sure much has stayed the same though.
Dean, it all depends where you're going. As you shoot full frame you might need a slightly longer lens and I think the 70-200 on the TC should be great for most situations. The 180 and the TC200 would also work well as would the 300. Bear in mind that if you're in Botswana, for instance, the bush is a lot less dense than it is in the Kruger Park and the adjoining parks. Also if you're going to be in a safari vehicle (all mine were taken from my X Trail from roads) you'll likely be much closer to the animals than I was.
If you're bird hunting the longer the better - as long as you have a shorter lens on another camera.
The local experts vary in their opinions - some go for the 200 -400 f4 on the D3s and others all the way up to 600 f4.
A great site with lots of information is Andy Biggs' blog (http://www.andybiggs.com/) which I always enjoy.
Dust is an issue which has to be taken seriously.
Drop me a line before you come.
Thanks for the information, Peter. It's very helpful getting your perspective. The blog reference is much appreciated too.
It's actually a work trip with a few days tagged on the end for the safari. I'm going over there to meet and sign up a new distributor and also to check some blending facilities as we want to blend raw food stuffs over there as well.
The investors also have shares in private parks over there and have invited us to stay so it is somewhere in SA. Up until a couple of weeks ago we were staying at a place called Madikwe, but now has changed as we changed our trip schedule and the place is full. They are arranging another place which is "nearly as good" I'm told but I thought it rude to ask exactly where. I know we have our own vehicle, guide and driver which is very lucky This would mean we probably get quite close to some animals.
I think I'll go with my original idea which was the 70-200 + 2xTC on the D800 which can get me to 600mm if needed in DX mode and then the 180 Ai-S + TC200 on the D700. Might get one of those bean bags as well
To tell you the truth, part of me just want to get a 28-300 VR, slap it on the D800 and just soak up the experience without any hassle ! I'm just not sensible enough to pull something like that off