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Old Mar 24, 2010, 3:35 PM   #21
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I actually been on safari 3 time, and 300mm is a good range. You really do not need much more for the big cats as the game wardens know how far is safe. With the larger elephants you will not need to go all the way out to 300mm.
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 3:44 PM   #22
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whats the fstop on the 100-400, because i would think a 2.8 would be minimum for soccer in a stadium.
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 3:50 PM   #23
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Shoturtle is correct-

I too have been on a safari and I used a Nikon D-80 with the 70-300mmVR lens and it went very well. Only twice did I feel short on zoom. I carried the 35mm F1.8 for the close and low light photos.

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Old Mar 24, 2010, 3:55 PM   #24
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Sarah and Shoturtle,

Do you have some of your wildlife photos to share? I really am interested to see how much you can fill the frame with big cats on safari at 300mm. As I said, I've never been. But your photos would be a great aid in deciding whether 300 was close enough. In my experience everyone thinks they have "enough" when they don't have a longer option. I have yet to hear someone say 400 was too much. But again, I look forward to your big cat photos.
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Just one more piece of advise, as this is a travel event. You may want to consider how much you can really pack and bring with you. The 100-400mm is quite a big lens. And if you have allot of camera gear, they may make you check it is. And that is not the best idea to have a 1700 dollar lens, plus other photo equipment in the baggage hull and then the airport handling. Also, South Africa has allot of crime, you bag could get stolen before you get to baggage claim. Just some travel advice. I was just in Capetown 2 months ago. It is one of the safer cities, Johannesburg is allot more crime. A friend of mine got her came pinch when waiting to get her luggage.
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Sarah and Shoturtle,

Do you have some of your wildlife photos to share? I really am interested to see how much you can fill the frame with big cats on safari at 300mm. As I said, I've never been. But your photos would be a great aid in deciding whether 300 was close enough. In my experience everyone thinks they have "enough" when they don't have a longer option. I have yet to hear someone say 400 was too much. But again, I look forward to your big cat photos.
I have mine on film, but sarah has posted photo with the 70-300mm on another thread about safari also. I will do a search to see if I can find her samples.
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JohnG,

Here is a link to some of Sarah's safari photo's

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wh...converter.html
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whats the fstop on the 100-400, because i would think a 2.8 would be minimum for soccer in a stadium.
Not so much. In daylight, the aperture isn't very important. The 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM is a popular lens for shooting sports.

And while the debate rages about 300mm v. 400mm for shooting on safari, there's no doubt that you need at least 400mm to shoot soccer from the stands. And 400mm on safari can't hurt.
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can not hurt, but can hurt the pocket at 1200 dollars more. But depending on the location of the seats, even 400mm may be to short for the world cup.
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can not hurt, but can hurt the pocket at 1200 dollars more.
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But depending on the location of the seats, even 400mm may be to short for the world cup.
But it would be better than 300mm.
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