Sat 05-Oct-13 04:28 PM | edited Sat 05-Oct-13 04:29 PM by haysys
After two photo trips to Tanzania, I'd say leave the 105 VR at home UNLESS you are planning on doing some macro work. On top of the issues of weight & space, I don't know when I would have had time to use mine.
I'd also say that you would appreciate having a second body; one for long and one for wide. If you are planning on renting some equipment, I'd work to get something in the 400 to 500mm range. Either 80-400 would serve you well, though the 1.7TC will do you no good on the old 80-400.
>I did Kenya with a dx body and the 70-300 and 18-135. Barley >used the 18-135 except for the odd wide shot and sadly didn't >have an uwa at the time. > >If I were going back I'd take the 70-200 with a tc, along with >my 16-35 and leave the rest at home
The new 80-400 is a very good lens, used it a lot but did try the 70-200 a couple of times with and without TC1.7 II. The sharpness of the 70-200 was apparent but nothing like 50% better more like 20-25% but in the evening that was critical.
If I had taken just the 70-200 I would have been mostly happy, however, there were shots where the reach was needed, I would say about 50% of the time so the 2 are very complimentary and I was pleased I took both.
In a lot of cases running with 2 bodies was a PIA because of the environment, to much stuff to bang into on the move.
The 35 was a dream and made some outstanding shots.
The 11-16 Tokina is (for me) the perfect landscape type lens, the pure depth in images blows me away.
Did not use the 1.7 much, light was bad on some days and the stops lost on the 80-400 was important, will try to rescue some in post, but not so bad (as you would expect) on the 70-200 VRII
OK that's it, hope this is of use to someone in the future, had a great time in Cape Town and Joburg and the best of all was Kruger.