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Old Aug 24, 2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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I am going to Uganda to "visit"(photographic safari) the mountain gorillas. I am currently looking at the following equipment and would greatly appreciate input/suggestions.

Canon EOS T2i body only
Either the TAMRON AF18-270mm Di II VC ULTRA HIGH POWER ZOOM LENS or TAMRON AF28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR DI VC LD ASPHERICAL (IF) MACRO

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Old Aug 24, 2010, 3:58 PM   #2
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Look at the Canon 70-200 f/4L also and a Canon 100-400...you can get them factory refurbished cheaper than new...
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Old Aug 24, 2010, 8:24 PM   #3
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Neither of the lenses you're looking at are particularly good. For a 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip, I think I'd rent some better lenses, like the ones LTZ470 mentioned. See LensRentals.com.
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Old Aug 24, 2010, 8:27 PM   #4
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200mm will be to short at times, you will need 300mm to cover the bases. ef 70-300mm a good range for daylight during safari.
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nikon d3s and 200-400 f4 and 1.4x tele? and a 24-70 for the in the vehicle/room shots?
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canon T2i is the body up for consideration. nikon lenses will not work.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 1:47 AM   #7
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Sometimes you can get very close to the Gorillas and the IQ of the 70-200 f/4L would be absolutely astounding if you got within 30-50ft...1.6 X 200 = 320mm X 1.4 = 448mm and yes you could add the the 1.4XTC and still AF on the 70-200 with minimal loss of IQ, but it won't AF on the 100-400...

I would definitely carry something for the short end also as you might end closer than expected and thats why I would have the 70-200 f/4L on my belt at all cost...it is also weather proof if you add it to one of the other models? I know it is on the 7D...

We own this setup and it is very consistent...I say we because it was "mine" until my wife started using it...lol...
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 2:06 AM   #8
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actually range wise the 70-200 with the 1.4tc is the same as the ef 70-300. with 480mm of reach. But the L lens is really nice.

But just something to add, on safari. The longer lens would be on the body most of the time, as all the good park rangers that run safari's will get you to a safe distance for you and not bother the animals. Keep the long lens on the camera, and the short lens on you.

When I went on safari, switching lenses was not done to often actually.
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Gorilla Tracking

It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Stella and Trudy's story:
"At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged."


A 70-200 f/4L would be a dream to have on a 7D right about this time....no?
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They really do not let you get that close, about 30ft is really more realistic. With baby animal the rangers know they gorilla and get defensive very quickly.
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