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taffy
21-02-11, 07:26 PM
Hi Guys,

I have spent the last 3months reading sites like yours to try and find the best camera for me, after much research I came up with the Sony a380 (50mm lens included) This is where I need your help, I am taking my wife on holiday (for her 60th birthday) to Kenya on Safari, she is mad on any programs with the big 5 in, My question is can you recommend a good 300-450mm lens to buy as we are having a hot air balloon ride over the Mara, I really would like to take some good photos, any other tips you can give would be greatfully received,
(If you have the time please read my Itinerary below, recommendations welcome as to what to do)

Saturday 10 September
2011
Virgin Atlantic flight VS 671 Premium Economy class: 2 adults
Departs London Heathrow Airport from terminal 3 at 2100
Arrive Nairobi Airport at 0750 local time 11/09/2011
Sunday 11 September
2011
Magical Kenya (7Night Safari) for 7 nights in
1 Standard on Night 1 Bed & Breakfast, Nights 2-7 Full Board basis for 2 adults
Day 1
Arrive into Nairobi from the international flight with Virgin Atlantic, transfer to Southern Sun
Mayfair before visiting the Carnivore Restaurant and then onto the Giraffe Centre.
Day 2
After an early breakfast leave Nairobi at 0800 and drive to Samburu National Park to arrive
just before lunch. Have an afternoon game drive and return for dinner and overnight at your
lodge: Samburu Sopa Lodge.
Day 3
Early morning gamedrive in Samburu to explore the scenery and to spot the variety of
animals found in the Samburu National Reserve. Return to camp for lunch before an
afternoon game drive. Overnight Samburu Sopa Lodge.
Day 4
After breakfast drive to the Outspan Hotel in Nyeri for lunch (the former home of Lord Baden
Powell, founder of the Scouts movement) and then transfer to the Aberdare National Park
to spend 1 night at the Treetops Lodge. Please note that your luggage will be stored at the
Outspan and you will proceed with an overnight bag. In the afternoon and evening view the
wildlife coming to the waterhole in front of the lodge. Overnight at Treetops Lodge.
Day 5
After breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru National Park famous for the vast concentration of
flamingos as well as many wildlife species including rhino and leopard. Have lunch before
going out for a game drive to spot these fascinating creatures. Overnight at Lion Hill Lodge.
Day 6
Drive from Nakuru to the Maasai Mara arriving at Mara Siana Camp for lunch. In the
afternoon take a game drive returning to camp in the evening. Overnight Siana Springs
Camp
Day 7
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Tropical Sky Ltd - registered in England no. 5425418
Registered Office: East House, 109 South Worple Way, London SW14 8TN
Early breakfast before a full day of game drives in the Mara with a picnic lunch returning to
camp for dinner. Overnight Siana Springs Camp
Day 8
Early morning breakfast before your transfer back to Nairobi. On arrival you will either be
transferred to a Nairobi hotel for an overnight stay (An additional charge applies) or
continue to the airport to extend your holiday in Mombasa.
Customer Protection : Customer Package ATOL Protection No 9759
Magical Kenya 4x4: Vehicle
Sunday 18 September
2011
Flight : Kenya Airways: One Way Flight NBO to MBA L Class
Transfer to Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa for 6 nights in
1 Standard Room on All Inclusive basis for 2 adults
Saturday 24 September
2011
Transfer from Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa to Mombasa Airport
Flight : Kenya Airways: One Way Flight MBA to NBO V Class
Transfer from Nairobi Airport
Southern Sun Mayfair for 1 night in
1 Standard Room on Bed & Breakfast basis for 2 adults
Sunday 25 September
2011
Transfer to Nairobi Airport
Virgin Atlantic flight VS 672 Premium Economy class: 2 adults
Departs Nairobi Airport at 0950
Arrive London Heathrow Airport at 1640 local time 25/09/2011


Thanks in advance
Taff

taffy
21-02-11, 07:29 PM
Sorry our ballon ride is on day 7

Puddlejumper
28-03-11, 07:46 PM
Hey there,

Wow, your trip sounds amazing :)...i went to South Africa in 2006, unfortunatly though it was before i got my SLR camera :(...would love to go back just for the photos lol :D

As for your question...dont Sony do the lens you want??? What about Sigma, do they fit Sony cameras? Also what about Minolta (i think they also fit Sony cameras??)

Im sorry if i sound like an amatuer lol

R0B
30-03-11, 09:58 PM
Depends on your budget, but here goes

'Bigma' 50-500mm
Sony 70-400mm
Tamron 200-500mm

And of course there's your prime lenses, those suggestions are really just 3 main contenders, theres tonnes more you can go for ;)