No photos here (please keep reading!), just a bunch of questions (which will hopefully assist me in getting some photos
So I'm planning to go on safari in South Africa and possibly on a 28 day course in the bush (both in the Kruger Park area).
I currently have a D60 camera and 70-300VR and 18-105 lenses.
I'm considering upgrading to a D300s for better dust protection, more focus points and overall better handling.
As far as lenses are concerned, I guess I'm pretty happy with the 18-105 but I'm worried the 70-300VR will be a bit short. (I also wonder if these lenses will survive 28 days in tough conditions...).
Ignoring prices for the time being, as I may be able to cut costs in other places, these options come to mind as possible replacements for my 70-300VR:
1. Nikkor 70-200 2.8 with 1.7x teleconverter - longer focal length, better IQ and useful 2.8 aperture for low light situations (both w/o the t/c of course).
2. Nikkor 80-400 - longer focal length.
3. Sigma 150-500 - longer focal length.
4. Any other suggestions?
Keep in mind that I'm not looking to waste money. If the 70-200 with the t/c will give me slightly better IQ than the 80-400 but will cost double, I'd rather go for the cheaper option.
I'd really appreciate any comments you have about this equipment (for example, IQ of 70-200+1/7x t/c vs 80-400 vs 150-500 vs 70-300, "don't get the Sigma it won't survive the dust", etc) or about safari photography in general (such as "forget about the 2.8 aperture, you won't be taking any photos at times that will need that" - I believe the opposite is true, butyou get my point).
I'd also love to hear any safari photography tips you have to share with me!
Thanks in advance!!!