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 Post subject: Large or small lens during Game drive?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:05 pm 
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Hallo everybody,

When we are at Kruger in July we want to do some game drives.
I have two lenses 18-105mm and 70-300mm.
Which lens should I use during the game drive? :hmz:

I think the 18-105mm will be just fine but maybe somebody has an other idea.


Thanks for your help :)

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We noticed considerable vehicle movement as tourists shifted for better views, so many of our far shots ended up blurry. Just FYI. :thumbs_up:

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Depends how heavy your lens is and if there is anywhere to rest the lens on.

This was taken with my 70-200 with 1.4 extender

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However I took other photos on that drive, one of which was a night heron, which were too blurred to be of any use. If the sighting is on your side of the vehicle then you've got a good chance of nailing a shot with a longer lens. The other side of the vehicle then it's touch and go.

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The longest!

Unless you want to make landscape photos only, and pass on the opportunity to make photos of serval, pangolin, suni and so on.
With nightdrives don't forget your external flash. You'll need it!

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I have a funny (good) feeling you are shooting with Nikon equipment...?

Anyways, I would have my 70 - 300mm on my camera body. Push the ISO up if you are worried about camera shake caused by people moving / shifting around on the vehicle. Push it up easliy to ISO 800.

Keep your 18 - 105mm close by for in-case you come across a magnificent landscape scene. I do take special care when swopping lenses, but yes, I do swop lenses out on game drives when needed.

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Use the biggest. I am in the park nearly every week and would have lost some nice shots with smaller lenses.

Buy yourself a noodle, the round kind children swim with. Cut a piece some 15 cm long and slit it along one side. Now wind up your car window a bit and slip the cut portion over the window. You can maneuver the car to the perfect spot and rest your camera on the noodle now turn the window up or down to get it right. It’s a perfect rest and no more camera shake.

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I used my 70-300, but that was on a sunset drive, definitly up your ISO but more importantly...................sit oposite the van steps...that way you have the chance of photographing from both sides and using the step barrier as a perch for your camera :wink:

hope you have a great trip...not long now!

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@Switchback: I have a Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm and 70-300mm lens it's an fantastic camera :D


Thanks for the tips :mrgreen: I'll bring the 18-105mm and mount the 70-300mm on the body.

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@DuQues: I heard that you don't really need to use a external flashlight during the Game Drive because of the spotlights used by the truck.
Maybe I should take it with us during the game Drive.

@Saraf: very nice picture, do you use the extender often, I’m considering to buy an extender myself.

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[quote="vinkie@Saraf: very nice picture, do you use the extender often, I’m considering to buy an extender myself.[/quote]
Thank you, it is one of my favourites.

I use the extender all the time, mainly because I'm not too fast changing lenses and I don't want to risk dust getting into it.

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vinkie wrote:
@DuQues: I heard that you don't really need to use a external flashlight during the Game Drive because of the spotlights used by the truck.
Maybe I should take it with us during the game Drive.

You really should. The spotlights are nice, but are fairly thin, instead of a wide bundle. So you end up with photos showing a bright patch next to the animal. (Never shine straight at the animals!)
The spotlights will usually help your camera to focus though.

You might even consider to bring a Better Beamer along to really throw light around.

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