Wich Lens for What Camera in What Weather?


An African safari vacation is a once in a lifetime trip, especially for photographers. The landscape and gorgeous scenery cannot be beat. Nowhere else on earth will you find the diverse ecosystems, thriving wildlife or unique cultures than in Africa. There is no doubt: you will want to capture every moment through the lens of your camera.

Since this will be such a special trip, you want to make sure that your photography set-up is perfect and that you have all of the equipment that you might need while on safari. Lenses are perhaps the single most important component of a camera. Since they can make or break the quality of images that are produced by your camera, it is important to invest in good lenses. Many people never buy additional lenses or use another lens besides the original one that came with their kit. Since you are going to Africa, you want to have the perfect equipment at the ready. You will need specific lenses for certain cameras to get great shots in specific weather. Here is a brief guide to camera lenses.

While on Safari

While you are traveling along the route of your safari, you will not want to be lugging around multiple cameras and lenses, so it is a good idea to pick a set-up that will capture beautiful picture on the go. You will need a quality, all day, travel friendly lens that gives you the ability to photograph everything from the landscape to portraits of the people. Keep in mind that you will also need to be capable of zooming in on animals or objects that are distant. Some lens options include the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140 mm f/3.5-5.6 or an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II.

A Quick Camera

Since the animals can be very quick and unpredictable, you will want a camera and lens that can keep up. Some basic kits will struggle with focus range and aperture in fast situations. This can be an issue if you are trying to capture the creatures of Africa in motion. Invest in a rig that includes a zoom lens and perhaps something that gives you added reach, such as an EF-S 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS II. If you need more speed, the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4L USM will do the trick.


You will need to slow things down and use a different lens for landscaping. Pack your wide-angle lens, zoom or prime, depending on your preference. Try the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED or a similar lens if you are not using a Nikon camera.

All Weather Protection

Be sure to invest in the proper protection kits to keep your camera safe in different weather conditions. If you are nervous about the rugged terrain or unpredictable weather, consider investing in a backup solution such as an action camera.

Book Your Safari Vacation

If you would like more information about African safari vacations, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Rohoyachui today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

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