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  1. Thankyou all so much!! I feel very good about getting the 300 f4 now and will hopefully get it in a couple of weeks. And yes will just take the 35mm just in case and to save cost of buying another. I wasn't aware of the downsides to having a teleconverter on a zoom before now so thanks for that too. TonyQ and soukous your photos are awesome I hope I can get some at least half as good as yours!
  2. I thought I had settled on my combo but I have been googling like crazy and have found so many people say they get most of their gorilla shots with the 70-200 2.8 (which I have) so it got me thinking if I spent all that money on the 17-55 2.8 for wide shots and sacrificed getting the 300 f/4 for safari, then not even really needing it, I wouldn't be too happy. So my thoughts now are in favour of the 300 f/4 with 1.4 teleconverter. However I need/want to be covered for gorillas if the 70-200 is too big for certain shots. Would the 50mm 1.4 prime my best bet or what else (not any higher in price than the 50) would be recommended? I have the 18-200 3.5/5.6 but I'm tipping as mentioned above it will be too slow, and I have a 35mm 1.8. I have heard a lot talk about the 80-400, but I just won't use it again after I come home,...
  3. Thankyou all again so much for your help, I am still very new to all of this. I still have a few weeks to decide (giving me a few more weeks to practice using the gear), but at this stage I think I am going to go with the 1.4 teleconverter for the 70-200 2.8 and just hope I can get at least some close enough shots. I know I won't have near enough reach as I would like, but I also have to consider the cost, weight and what I am more likely to use when I get back home. I know if I don't get any decent shots of the gorillas, I wont be happy! Whilst I hope this is not the first AND last trip to Africa, Im fairly sure I will never get another gorilla experience, so at this stage I think I will go with the 17-55mm 2.8. Having that and the 70-200 2.8, I feel reasonably comfortable regarding that part of the trip. I will also take the 18-200 just for whatever else. I will still keep all of your suggestions in mind, I appreciate them very much!
  4. Thanks for your help. If I have the 70-200 2.8 on a dx, won't the teleconverter make it close to a 400mm or just under? Or other option I was going to get the 300mmf/4 and put the teleconverter on that and take the 70-200 and 18-200 and just hope for the best for the gorillas with them. I have a 35mm prime but would that be even worth taking? Not a fan of changing lens over there too many times... Not keen on renting either, I haven't looked into it properly but the closest places to me that rent require you to rent them for minimum 6 mths. For that cost I'd rather add a lens to my collection that would serve me better in the long run.. I also considered the 1.7 converter but have never used one and have read better reviews on the 1.4., still deciding though. So I have to decide whether to spend money on more reach for the safari side of the trip or a faster wide angle for the gorillas. It's so confusing when you have to consider costs and weights etc lol
  5. Hi! We are going to Kenya and Rwanda in September. I am beginning to do my head in with what lens to take! I am trying to consider the cost of lens, weight and also the use I will get out of it when I get back home. I am not interested in renting any gear. We are taking two bodies, a d7000 and a d300s. On the d300s I want to take my 70-200mm 2.8 lens but also want to buy a teleconverter (which I am thinking the 1.4). I realise this combo won't give me the longest reach for an African safari,particularly for photographing birds, but I was also thinking of the gorilla trek when I bought this lens as well as a good one to use after the trip. So we thought we would go with that combo and just put our 18-200mm vrii on the d7000 for anything closer, but now I am thinking, will that be any good for possible closer shots while gorilla trekking in what will most probably be low light? I have read over and over how good the 24-70 2.8 lens is for this especially paired with the 70-200 2.8, but since I am on dx bodies, would I be better off with the 17-55mm 2.8? I realise this is another expensive lens for my level of photography, but if the 18-200 wouldn't be up to scratch I'd be prepared to buy this. Any help would be appreciated, thankyou in advance!!
  6. These are beautiful photos!!

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