Wildlife Photography and Safari Photography Gear Recommendations – Updated Fall 2016
For all Safaris I recommend you have two cameras – buy or rent your second body as backup and or use with a wide angle lens for landscapes and quick switch when the animals pass close.
Budget Wildlife Photography
Canon 80D with Sigma 150-600 C Lens
Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 C Lens
Mid Level Wildlife Photography
Canon 7D Mark II with Sigma 150-600 C Lens or Canon 100-400 MK II
Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600 C Lens or Nikon 200-500
- Buy the Nikon D500 (currently the BEST APS-C/Crop Sensor camera on the market)
- Buy the Sigma 150-600 C
- Buy the Nikon 200-500
High End Wildlife Photography
Canon 1DX MK II with Canon 100-400 MK II and 1.4x Extender for additional reach
Nikon D5 with Nikon 200-500
Fastest Cards Recommended
My Safari Gear – Three weeks in Tanzania
Sony a6300 – Best Mirrorless Crop Sensor on Market
Sony Alpha a7R II – Best full frame camera on market for travel photography
Panasonic GH4 – Still my pick for most useable camera with highest quality 4K video
Sigma 150-600 C – This lens was on my Sony a6300 or A7R II 95% of the time – sharp and worked well on a6300 with MC-11 Adapter
Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS – Sharp, fast to focus and travel friendly. Decent reach on crop sensor for safari and some wildlife but the 150-600 gives you much greater reach for serious wildlife photography
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II USM lens– For some landscape shots, used via MC-11 Adapter, works well.
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 – Perfect for selfie vlogging and general use on the GH4 for 4K video.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens – Affordable serious telephoto 200-600mm (35mm Equivalent) for photos and video on the Micro 4/3 Cameras
Zhiyun-Tech Crane 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer – Fantastic stabilization for video work
MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Kit (Green) – Excellent portable tripod
Mini Tripod – I have had this piece of gear longer than anything else in my camera bag!
Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone – Good, batteryless mic option
MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Backpack – I Love, LOVE this bag!