You guys have been a great help so far, hope you can do me another favor and give feedback on what Canon equipment I should take on safari & to Zanzibar. As a side note, I used to shoot weddings on the side (one of those folks!) so have a bit of equipment, but have not done so for a while and so my stuff is rather old. Also my lenses may not be long enough since the "feet zoom" is not as useful on safari as it is in weddings :)
I want to travel light for camera equipment and thus limit my gear to 4 items: a body, a telephoto lens, a wide lens, and one other piece. This will also limit my losses in case something happens to my stuff while in Africa. Can you please advise?
1) BODY: I currently have the Canon 10D, 20D and 5D bodies (told you my stuff was old). My 10D & 20D are really beat up and I'd prefer to take a light crop body over my 5D (which my hubby says is crazy -- I tell him to take the 5D instead of me). I'm considering buying either a 60D or a 7D, leaning towards the 60D since it's much cheaper and the features don't seem to be that different. However some have said that the 60D body is pretty flimsy. What are your recommendations?
2) TELEPHOTO: I'm thinking of either renting a 100-400L or the new 70-300L, leaning towards the latter since it's lighter and a newer design. However will I miss the 400 length? Or maybe instead of either, should I take my existing 70-200 f/2.8L lens and use a teleconverter? Though that last option doesn't seem like a good one with the loss of light and potential focusing issues.
3) WIDE. Normally on vacation I take my 10-22 lens which is really great for wide shots -- I don't mind the distortion since at heart I'm a "quick & on the fly" photographer instead of a deliberate landscape photographer. However for safari there are a lot of landscapes, should I instead take my 17-40 f/4L instead? Or go some other route?
4) EXTRA: This is where it may get interesting. Do I take a medium range zoom like the 24-70 f/2.8L, an all-purpose general lens like the 28-135 (my defacto vacation lens along with the 10-22), my 20D body (after I get it cleaned) as a backup, or maybe something different?
As mentioned, my initial feelings were to buy a 60D, rent a 70-300L, and bring the 10-22 and the 28-135, but maybe there are better choices before I commit. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!