Best Lens for animal safari (Africa)
I use a D90 and want to buy a new long lens...will hope to shoot (camera only) animals in southern Africa and probably at a distance. After trip, will use for human close-ups.
Any advice on the best for an amateur photographer who doesn't want to break the bank?
A few issues: Weight matters...quality of detail in faces matters...won't be enlarging for posters...money matters
Any info welcome.
Long Zoom for African Safari
the Nikon 70-300mm lens should handle the task without a qualm. I have seen folks even using superzoom cameras.
The African Safari Photo Experience
The Tamron 28-300mm lens in question is a very average, consumer level lens that is sold as an economy lens. How do I know? I own one. I wish I had not bought it. But I purchase it when I did not know much about lenses.
The decision is up to you, of course. If you want to save money and have a single lens solution get a super zoom camera. The Panasonic FZ-35/FZ-38 camera which will be introduced next month, September 2009 is actually better than the Tamron lens in question.
The folks to ask for advice is the case of an African Safari, are people who have actually been on and photographed an African Safari. Check out their photos. How do they look? What is their photo experience? Do you want photos like theirs? If so, ask them for advice.
As I see it, the African Safari is a once in a lifetime experience. You want great photos that you can be proud to show to friends and family. But like I said, it is all up to you.