Best lenses for safari photography

The best lens for safari photography is not, despite what you may think, simply the longest telephoto you can find. Safari photography is about capturing both wildlife and scenery, and this means your best bet is finding a lens that can cover as much range as possible (as you don't want to be swapping every two minutes). As such, in this guide we've focused on telephoto zooms. 

Jon Stapley
Jon Stapley

Jon is one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards. Here he looks at the best lenses for safari shoots.

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Jon Stapley

Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  


An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.