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Old Apr 9, 2008, 10:16 AM   #11
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As I said in my last post: I would imagine that an African Safari to be a once in a life time experience. Therefore, you wnt to arrive in Africa as well equipped to capture that experience in your photos.

I own a Panasonic FZ-18. It is very sharp in the zoom out to about 250mm, then the image sharpness gradually drops off. AT max zoom, the FZ-18 does an acceptable job, but the images (at least with my FZ-18) are not as measurably sharp as what I can obtain with the Nikon D-70 and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens. It may just be my ancient eyes, or my equipment.

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Old Apr 20, 2008, 10:46 AM   #12
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This is my first post and I'm not an expert photographer, quite the opposite, but I have been quite impressed with my Lumix. It's only an old FZ5 5MP, but the detail and level of zoom seems really good.

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Old Apr 20, 2008, 11:05 AM   #13
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Yes, I certainly agree with you. The FZ-5 managed to gather a lot of detail, thanks to the bright lighting.

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Old Apr 22, 2008, 8:30 PM   #14
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Hey, Some real nice photos mtclimber.

I do agree that the s8000fd superzoom is often too slow for good action and wildlife shots, and the quality can leave something to be desired.
As I must use lots of patience and take a whole lotta photos to get a nice wildlife pic now and again.
And so I assume other DSLR-Like superzooms suffer similar problems.

I am curious about your opinion on how intuitive are the controls on the Nikons for first time Nikon users?

And because I've read that this limits the autofocus lenses to ones with built-in motor$, and that other nikkor lenses can be used but are manual focus only.
I have to ask if you feel the lack of the autofocus drive pin on the D40's would affect first time Nikon users?


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Old Apr 22, 2008, 9:56 PM   #15
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First of let's put to rest the age old argument that the Nikon D-40/D-40X is limited by its lens choices. That is just not true at all, and I think that the safari photos that I have posted put that dead beat argument to rest.

Lets's deal with the ultrazoom question. When the rubber meets the road,there is no ultrazoom (and I really like ultrazooms) that are quite as fast and agile as a consumer level DSLR camera. Yes, certainly the Panasonic FZ-50 comes very close to the mark, but still it falls a little bit short. And yes, I do know folks who have produced really great safari photos with the FZ-50. But in terms of pure quickness and inherent agaility, the cameras like the Nikon D-40 will always win, even though by a rather short or narrowmargin.

As I have said rather clearly in this thread, a safari, is most probably a once in a lifetime experience. It is a one time thing and you cannot take a chance. Yes, a FZ-50 might do the job rather nicely. But I have to ask you this: why take a chance, this is a one in a lifetime event. So you will probably take this course of action. You dare not take a chance, so just to be sure you will opt for the Nikon D-40 or D-40X.

If you must err, err on the safe side of things. That is what a decision for the Nikon D-40 or D-40X amounts to in the final analysis. Simplystated, we don't want to take a chance. That was the desision I faced, and that is why I chose the Nikon D-40.

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I apolgize to you, both personally and profusely. My husband is handicapped, so I spent the day packing for a 93+ day contract for the both of us, and I did NOT get enough time to take and post the D-40 with the 70-300mm VR lens photo for you. It was just impossible considering the demands of packing and accounting for everything that will be needed on our contract.

I hope that you will excuse me. Thank you very much for your understanding.

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MT Climber will my 70-300 IS for my XTi work or should I rent the 400 telephoto EF Canon lens for the trip
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Old Feb 10, 2010, 9:05 PM   #18
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Welcome to the Forum. We're glad you dropped by.

I shot my Safari photos with a Nikon and the Nikon 70-300mm lens, so I think you will be just fine with the 70-300mm on your Canon as well. A safari truly is a once in a lifetime experience. So you want great photos and I believe you have the right kit.

Have a wonderful Safari.

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A point and shoot will not be able to give you the photo quaility that Sarah's photo show on the longer range shots.

I have gone on safari in SA, and I only brought a point and shoot with a 8x zoom, and they do not compare with what Sarah did with a DSLR.

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