Expert Tips on Wildlife & Nature Photography
Court is an avid nature and wildlife photographer and naturalist Expedition Leader for Natural Habitat Adventures. His background in wildlife and conservation biology led him to pursue a joint Ph.D. in ecotourism and entomology. As Editor in Chief of The Natural Photographer, he is eager to share his photography knowledge and creative guidance with readers through comprehensive tutorials and blog posts. You may view more of his photography at www.courtwhelan.com
March 26, 2018 at 2:54 pm
Court Whelan, Ph.D.
May 5, 2018 at 3:29 pm
Thanks for the great advice! Going on Natural Habitat Adventures Ultimate Kenya & Tanzania Safari along with an extension trip to see the gorillas in Rwanda this June. Am a painter/amateur photographer and have 10 years experience teaching film photography back in the day. Will be bringing brand new Nikon D5700 and hopefully just one lens. Have a 5 year old Tamron 18-270 mm lens F/3.5-6.3 which has worked well shooting wild life in Wyoming and scenery in Europe. I am wondering if this lens will be adequate for our Africa trip. Would love to have the new Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 but it’s an investment I’d rather not make if you think my existing lens will be sufficient.
Would appreciate your input.
Hi Ruth, sorry for the delay, but lots of travels lately! Eh, I actually don’t think the 270mm will be enough. Sorry to say. Yes, you’ll get loads of shots within that range. But, you’ll have a bit too many other opportunities you want a 400mm for. The other option is the Nikon 80-400mm or the brand new Nikon 200-500mm (I’m very jealous of this one, as a canon guy!!).