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 Post subject: Lens for African Safari
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:02 pm 
I am just learning how to use my Canon EOS T3i. I have always used a point and shoot. I am going on a safari in July and would like to take only one lens due to dust so any suggestions would be much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:12 pm 
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Hi Debby, and welcome to Camera Labs :)

Congrats on going on a Safari... it should be an unforgettable experience!

Before we can make you some suggestions, we'd need to have an idea of what your ideal budget would be, as there are a lot of options out there at many different price points :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:25 pm 
I am willing to spend up to $500 or $600.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:43 pm 
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For a safari you are definitely going to want something with a long reach. Available within that price range is is the Canon 70-300mm IS USM which is meant to be a pretty good lens. Another alternative would be to rent a lens. Something like the Canon 100-400mm could be rented for a week for a lot less than the price of buying a lens and would be a lot better. That lens is the ultimate wildlife lens.

Hope this helps,

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Id like to add the Tamron 70-300 VC also, it's like tobe a great lens too.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:24 pm 
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Ruben123 wrote:
Id like to add the Tamron 70-300 VC also, it's like tobe a great lens too.


+1.

Not as expensive as the Canon version but newer, sharper and with a better image stabilizer.


But even more important: I don't know how much you know about photography, but try to learn how to use your camera before going on the safari. Very important: exposure compensation, shutter speed (+focal length), ISO, aperture... http://www.dslrtips.com/

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:25 pm 
I don't know a lot about photography at all and have definitely been trying to learn. Thanks for your input.


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I would take 70-300 L, it is way over budget but it is dustproof lens.

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