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Kylie Jones

Photography Manager

Being someone who loves the bush, people and photography Kylie has found her way to her dream job in the Londolozi Studio. Despite completing her Humanities Degree, she felt unsatisfied and found herself drawn to doing a wildlife photography course. Being both creative ...

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on Review of Our Most Popular Lens

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Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Interesting article. I’m a Nikon user but found similarities between the two brands in using long focal length lens. While in Sabi Sands in February I primarily used a 70-200mm lens and had great results. It helped that the animals weren’t shy and were almost too close. Thank you for the camera settings.

Kylie Jones
Photography Manager

Hi Denise. The 70-200mm lens is also a great lens as it is incredibly sharp and produces amazing images with a very low depth of field of F/2.8. We are very lucky here that we are able to get close to the animals and so sure does help with capturing a good shot.

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

I agree 100%, Kylie. I also own this lens and it is my ‘go to’ lens on safari. Its fast focusing ability is crucial in photographing the action you often see in the bush. I use a wide angle for close up animal sightings, but this is the lens I have in my hands 90% of the time.

Kylie Jones
Photography Manager

Hi Darlene, the fast focusing ability is just amazing and sure does help out a lot when tracking a leopard or lion on the move. It is always great to have more than one lens at hand, what wide angle do you use?

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Kylie, I have the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens as my wide angle. I often carry my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens for early morning, late evening. It is heavy, so I hesitate, but it comes in so handy for those brief moments! Thanks for asking!

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Kylie, We couldn’t agree more about the lens. Huge difference from the older one and it was perfect for our wildlife photos at Londolozi. Thanks for your coaching while we were there. Can’t wait to head back!

Kylie Jones
Photography Manager

Thanks so much Michael! The new 100-400mm is the perfect go to lens for Canon users here at Londolozi, as I know you are well aware, the light weight, the fast autofocus, and it produces extremely sharp photographs, it is one of Canon’s best current value-for-money lenses. I look forward to seeing you here on your next visit.

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

I have been struggling with the ‘right lens’ for years. I currently have a Tamron 150-600mm. I’ve had a Nikon 100-400mm but wanted more reach. The Tamron does that but in a trade-off for more weight. Maybe the 100-400mm with a 1.4x extender?? I’d welcome your thoughts. Thanks.

Kylie Jones
Photography Manager

Hi Jeff, The 100-400mm with a 1.4x extender would be the perfect option for you as you will get that further zoom that you would get on your 150-600mm. The image quality of the 100-400mm stumps the 150-600mm in my opinion, and so I would definitely advise purchasing the new 100-400mm lens. If you have any further questions about the 100-400mm lens, I am more than happy to help.

Eulalia Angédu
Explorer

Beautiful pictures Kylie.Am always waiting in anticipation for your articles and texts.Good work

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thanks so much for sharing this info, Kylie. I agree that the 100-400mm lens is super sharp, and so easy to use. When I first used it, I thought it was going to feel too big and bulky, but it actually took a very short amount of time to get used to, and is incredibly versatile. It really is a great lens, and one that I would highly recommend for any safari-goer, whether they are first timers or experienced. Thanks for the great post!

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