September 17 I will be going on a honeymoon safari in Tanzania for 2,5 weeks. I am not very happy with my Tamron 200-400mm and looking for a better lens suitable for wildlife photography. I'll be using it on my F100. I would greatly appreciate advise on which telezoom I should go for and any tips to get sharp images on this once in a lifetime experience! Thank you all very much for your help.
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#1. "RE: Telezoom advise for safari?" | In response to Reply # 0JM Registered since 01st Mar 2007Thu 09-Aug-01 06:11 PM
Altho you didn't say what is the cause of your discontent with the Tamron zoom I will venture the reason is the limited apperture. I have gotten good results with the Tamron lenses I carry but am also aware of the restriction of the small apps of consumer zooms.
Despite this being a poor time for you to splurge (considering the expense of wedding, honeymoon, lawyers for the prenup...) what you should consider is a fast glass set-up. There are alternatives but all need to have f2.8 or larger (hey we can all dream) to really offer the ability to catch the shot.
You can consider a wide range of zooms from many manufacturers but also in the arena are some of the classic manual primes that can easily be extended with teleconverters.
From the well respected 135mm and 180mm to one of the 3rd party AF's check out the options and if need be bounce specific queries off the list.
Good Luck and happiness
#2. "RE: Telezoom advise for safari?" | In response to Reply # 1RickD Basic MemberThu 09-Aug-01 07:44 PM
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NIKON Zoom Tele 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D-AF VR (Vibration Reduction) Auto Focus Lens
Even though I have no experience with the above lens,(YET) you might want to have a good look at it. This may be just what your looking for.
Above is a link to a fine review posted by one of our own dedicated Nikonians. (J. Ramon Palacios...JRP) I'm sure you will enjoy the review. I must warn you if you read the review you will feel this very strong urge to go out and purchase this lens, his reviews have cost some of us a lot of money. I started to read this review and about half way through I started adding the shipping costs to the price of the lens, about three quarters through I picked up the phone to call Camera world.com, then with all the will power I could muster, I slammed the phone down grabbed my F5 and my new 17-35mm 2.8 ultra wide angle zoom lens (that I purchased as a result of reading a review by JRP) went down to the local park and shot a few pictures, by then the urge to buy the above lens was gone. I never did finish reading JRP's review. OH..JRP I too saw the movie Blowup.
Don't say you weren't warned.
I wish you and your new wife happiness and good health.
Hope this helps,
#4. "RE: Telezoom advise for safari?" | In response to Reply # 3BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 10-Aug-01 11:37 AM
Note too that the price on the 80-400 VR has come down and availability seems universal now. I've seen prices about $1300, $300 less than I paid for mine.
Short of buying very expensive fast long optics, this lens would be a great choice. The VR is a viable substitute for a fraction of the price.
#5. "RE: Telezoom advise for safari?" | In response to Reply # 0
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OK, I really like to take photos around and also understand other persons who have the same hobby.
But man, this is your honeymoon!!! Leave all your tele-photo equipmant at home (just a camera with one small lens, let's say 50/1.8) and be with your wife at least this two weeks!
#6. "RE: Telezoom advise for safari?" | In response to Reply # 5jrp Charter MemberSat 11-Aug-01 01:09 PM
But if good photos are taken of her she will remember better and more.
Have a great time
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