Things to keep in mind.
- Luggage weight limit (~35 lbs)
- Dusty environment
- No repair facilities
- Photographs are taken from the roof of a car (not on the ground)
- Limited access to electricity during the day
- Distance to subject varies greatly
What happens if on the first day you drop your long lens and it breaks? Knowing that one can not reasonably be expected to take 2 of everything, what makes the ideal photo safari equipment list?
Tripods don't seem very practical on a tour safari. A beam bag might be more useful. Lens that offer image stabilization might also be a good idea.
Because of the dusty environment, I am leaning towards using zoom lens instead of primes (minimize lens change while in the field). To capitalize on this, I am planning on taking 2 camera bodies, one with a long reach zoom lens, and another with wide angle zoom.
To minimize equipment, it would be best to have 2 identical camera bodies in order to share batteries, cables, and power cords.
I have a good collection of Canon equipment, and while the Nikon 200-400mm zoom is an awesome lens, I would be better off staying with the Canon DSLRs.