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May 7, 2024 10:26:49   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
zug55 wrote:
I live in Naivasha, Kenya. We have a house keeper who dusts everything in our house three times a week. If you live in the US, you have no idea of how much dust there is in the air in many parts of Africa. There is nothing ridiculous about this.


And that's why I suggested a pillowcase. It's not an insurmountable problem!

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May 7, 2024 11:06:25   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
While shooting the 200-500 on the D7200 will give you additional “reach” I think there are more important reasons to use that lens on the D850, far better AF and frame rate.

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May 7, 2024 11:23:03   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
SuperflyTNT wrote:
While shooting the 200-500 on the D7200 will give you additional “reach” I think there are more important reasons to use that lens on the D850, far better AF and frame rate.


Agreed! And FULL FRAME!! 45MP!!

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May 7, 2024 11:31:26   #
photoman43
 
Retired CPO wrote:
And that's why I suggested a pillowcase. It's not an insurmountable problem!


I used dry bag or waterproof sleeve to cover my tele lens and camera (for protection from dust) when not in use. And to prevent it from falling off my lap or seat, I used a Black Rapid Sport strap with a third party Arca Swiss QR clamp that I attached to the lens plate I added to the tripod collar foot on the lens. And make sure your camera bag is kept zipped shut especially when getting off the Land Rivers.

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May 7, 2024 18:42:22   #
GeorgeO Loc: Waukesha, WI
 
I think the 18-200 and the 50 are great suggestions. A superwide angle lens would be great for some night sky photos. The southern sky is unique to us northerners and quite beautiful. My guide stood watch over me as I shot the sky in the bush. Oh what a feeling! Don't forget to keep an eye on your carry-on weight. I think South Africa has some strict weight limitations. I was able to stand my ground and they finally let me on with my overweight Lowepro backpack (25-30 lbs), but it took a senior manager to wave me through. Have a great trip.

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May 7, 2024 19:00:39   #
Hip Coyote
 
Mike NC wrote:
In Kenya on other trip.
tks


Hey Mike,

I have not been...but I do understand it is a bit different...different vehicles, not sure of ability to go off road...

I stick to my original suggestion though...I think you're good.

Im jealous..

Safe travels.

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May 8, 2024 10:23:26   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
photoman43 wrote:
I used dry bag or waterproof sleeve to cover my tele lens and camera (for protection from dust) when not in use. And to prevent it from falling off my lap or seat, I used a Black Rapid Sport strap with a third party Arca Swiss QR clamp that I attached to the lens plate I added to the tripod collar foot on the lens. And make sure your camera bag is kept zipped shut especially when getting off the Land Rivers.


Yes. The pillowcase suggestion was just for changing lenses while in the field.

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May 8, 2024 10:31:53   #
Walkabout08
 
When I did the SA Safari I had only my Z7 body and I rented the 100-400 Z lens. I also brought the 24-70 f4 zoom. I did not change lenses in the field. IMO the 200-500 on the 7200 will generally be an over reach except for bird shots. I found the large animals to be close enough that at times even at 100 mm I was too close the fit the elephants and giraffes entirely in the frame. I expect you’ll have better luck with the 200-500 on the 850. Consider renting something like a 25-120 zoom for the 7200 and I think you’ll be happier with your results.

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May 8, 2024 10:57:09   #
larryepage Loc: North Texas area
 
Walkabout08 wrote:
When I did the SA Safari I had only my Z7 body and I rented the 100-400 Z lens. I also brought the 24-70 f4 zoom. I did not change lenses in the field. IMO the 200-500 on the 7200 will generally be an over reach except for bird shots. I found the large animals to be close enough that at times even at 100 mm I was too close the fit the elephants and giraffes entirely in the frame. I expect you’ll have better luck with the 200-500 on the 850. Consider renting something like a 25-120 zoom for the 7200 and I think you’ll be happier with your results.
When I did the SA Safari I had only my Z7 body and... (show quote)


Good advice. The $375 that the OP mentions spending to rent a second D850 would come close to covering the cost of a 24-120mm f/4 zoom, which is a full frame lens. With that lens on the D7200, the framing gap is only from 180-200 mm. And it would be a great lens for the D850 for days not in the field.

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