Input request on a Nikon 80-400 for a Safari Trip

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Chiggs, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Chiggs macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Good morning,

    Would appreciate some input on a potential new lens for an upcoming Indian Safari trip. I'm by no means anything close to a pro - I just enjoy taking pictures of animals and landscapes. I currently shoot with a D300 and usually keep my 18-200 VR on my body 99 percent of the time as I really enjoy the range.

    I am going to be going on a Safari trip later this fall and was looking to invest in a longer lens that will allow me to get closer to the animals. I will probably upgrade my body in the next 2 years and may go full frame at that time. I consider any lens purchase to be an investment for the future and could see myself selling the 18-200 down the road if I do go full frame.

    Anyway, I was looking at the 80-400 VR as a longer lens that will act as a 600mm on my D300. I like the range it offers and assume it's going to be just as good in low light as my 18-200 which is to say it will be decent but not spectacular.

    The other option the camera store was recommending was the 70-200 2.8. Their comments were that while it would not let me get as close, it will let me get much better low light shots and is a much better overall lens.

    I get that the prime will obviously be faster but feel that for most daytime shots, the 80-400 will let in enough light for my needs. The 70-200 would be at the upper end of my budget at this time.

    Would appreciate any thoughts or input between the two - or any other option with the aside that I have a personal preference for a Nikon lens vs. Another brand.

    Thanks in advance...
  2. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    The 80-400 may be the lens that Nikon most needs to replace. It is mediocre by most accounts, and you should bear that in mind.

    I'd think about the 300/4 AF-S lens.
  3. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    Serious recommendation: Rent a 200-400VR for the trip.

    Secondary choices: 300/4 with a 1.4x TC
    70-200/2.8 with a 1.4x TC


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