Telephoto lens options for Chobe/safari

This article will not be full of recommendations, but will have lots of links to help you read reviews on any lens you are considering.  Over time and as new information or options become available, this article will be updated.

It’s possible to go on safari with a lens as small as a 70-200mm.  On our first trip, my son used a Canon 70-300mm IS.  On that same trip, I had the Canon 100-400L.  We agreed from that experience that images from the 100-400 were sharper and the extra length was of value.  Here is a list of options to consider.

Tip: Buy used – When one starts looking at big glass, there is the chance of ‘sticker shock’.  Yes, large, higher quality lenses are expensive.  Here is a tip:  Good, name brand copies hold there value!  For example, I know of people who bought a used Canon 100-400L for $1200 to take a photo safari and upon returning home, sold the lens for $1200.  Basically, he got ‘free rental’ for his trip.  Obviously, there is risk in this approach, but if you a) use Paypal, b) buy through reputable user forums like Photography-on-the.net, Nikonians.org, or FredMiranda.com c) check out references of sellers [especially prior sales], it is a reasonable risk.

For each lens where I have found a review, I have provided a link:

Canon:

Nikon

Tamron

Is image stabilization/vibration stabilization worth it?

Teleconverters

12 comments for “Telephoto lens options for Chobe/safari

  1. October 10, 2009 at 4:57 am

    thanks a 1000 000!!!!!

  2. October 10, 2009 at 4:57 am

    thanks a 1000 000!!!!!

  3. November 3, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Just what i was looking for!

  4. November 3, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Just what i was looking for!

  5. May 10, 2010 at 12:35 am

    i own several Canon L Lenses and they have the best quality. even better than Nikon.:,~

  6. May 10, 2010 at 12:35 am

    i own several Canon L Lenses and they have the best quality. even better than Nikon.:,~

  7. May 10, 2010 at 12:46 am

    the best Telephoto lens that i have used on an SLR is the Canon EF 70-200 F/2.8 lens. Best image quality ever.`,”

  8. May 21, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Amazing blog, I love Photogrpahy 😀

  9. May 21, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Amazing blog, I love Photogrpahy 😀

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