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    Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    Hi all,
    DSLR newbie here! I am looking to buy a Nikon AFS lens for my Nikon D5100. As of now, the only two options available are the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR and Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
    https://www.dpreview.com/products/ni...specifications
    https://www.dpreview.com/products/ni...6g_vr/overview
    Which one would you recommend for wildlife photography? I will be staying at a private lodge and birding is not a priority.
    Many thanks!!


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    Re: Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    First off, what lenses do you currently own and what is your budget. Also, I would not limit myself to just Nikon lenses. Some of the third party lenses are very good and less money to boot.
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    Re: Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    The 55-300 is a DX lens. The 70-300 is an FX lens. The latter will use the best part of the lens to create the image.
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    Re: Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    First off, what lenses do you currently own and what is your budget. Also, I would not limit myself to just Nikon lenses. Some of the third party lenses are very good and less money to boot.
    Thank you Bikerbrent!

    I currently own an AFS 18-55, 3.5-5.6 G VR, the kit lens basically. I have a low budget, $250 max. I did look for Sigma and Tamron lenses, but none of them have the required specs within my budget. I should mention that I live in Bangladesh, and the variety of lenses available is somewhat restricted. The stores could have lenses ordered from abroad, but I also have a time constraint- I leave for South Africa in 4 days. Which is why I am restricted to the two lenses mentioned above.

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    Re: Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    The 55-300 is a DX lens. The 70-300 is an FX lens. The latter will use the best part of the lens to create the image.
    Thank you 480sparky- it seems like the 70-300 might be a better choice as a telephoto lens, then?

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    Re: Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    Quote Originally Posted by bhromonkari View Post
    Thank you 480sparky- it seems like the 70-300 might be a better choice as a telephoto lens, then?
    From a technical standpoint, yes. But photography is more than just technicalities.
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.


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    Re: Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    Hi bhromonkari -

    I have the AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED (the AF-P, no VR) and love it. Very fast auto focus, and that P version is absolutely silent. It's a 350-dollar lens new, but I picked up a like-new unit from B&H for only 60 bucks. I know you're leaving on your trip shortly (have fun!) and may not be able to find this in time. But if luck is on your side and you see one, I do recommend it.
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    Re: Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    Hi bhromonkari -

    I have the AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED (the AF-P, no VR) and love it. Very fast auto focus, and that P version is absolutely silent. It's a 350-dollar lens new, but I picked up a like-new unit from B&H for only 60 bucks. I know you're leaving on your trip shortly (have fun!) and may not be able to find this in time. But if luck is on your side and you see one, I do recommend it.
    An AF-P is not compatible with his D 5100.
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    Re: Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    I agree the AF-S VR 70-300 would be the best choice. You would want to make sure it had VR. KEH has "Like New" copies for around $300. I like them better then E bay.

    https://www.keh.com/shop/nikon-nikko...zoom-lens.html
    Last edited by Danno; 10-15-2019 at 03:23 PM.
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    Re: Help me choose Nikon lens for safari photography at Kruger National Park

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    An AF-P is not compatible with his D 5100.
    Ah, my bad. I assumed it was. Thanks for the clarification, Needa
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