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Old 22nd June 2008
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Need Advise for choosing lens


Coming October 1st week i will go to Zambia for my 12 days free african safari..
I have canon 30d without telelens...
and also i have fresh E3 with 12mm 60mm lens only without battery grip...
i would like buy the telelens for my E3, because it has IS and 2X crop...
i have two choices,

First one is pick a sigma 50mm 500mm...
and another one is Olympus 50mm 200mm swd with 2x converter...

Here in india, i am doing street & people photography not a serious wildlife photographer..

after my african trip , i maynot be use my tele lens regularly......

what is a basic lens mm for african safari...

anybody has any experience...?

in U.K any lens rental shop is available..? because my trip is start from london...

Thanks and regards, senthil
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Re: Need Advise for choosing lens

Unfortunately not too many companies hire out Olympus equipment. There was a post in another thread that discussed this.

If you are not taking wild life images, then I would think the 50-500mm (Bigma) sigma would be wasted. Also it is large and heavy and is not environmentally sealed.

The 50-200mm is a great lens. The current version has SWD to it should, and does, focus very quickly. This lens is lighter and smaller than the Bigma.

The EC-20 is, in my opinion, not that great. The EC-14, by all accounts, it better.

The other option is the much maligned 70-300mm lens. It is light and small and cheap. The problem could be with the lack of environmental sealing the 50-200mm has. It is also slower than the 50-200mm, but given the light levels where you are going, this may not be a problem.

FYI, I have all of the equipment discussed except the E3 (maybe soon) and the EC-14.

What ever you choose, I hope you enjoy your trip.
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