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It's always exciting seeing lions in the wild. If you're lucky, they'll be close enough to photograph.

Whenever I return from an African safari with one or two reasonable lion pictures, I count myself lucky as these magnificent predators are often spotted only in the distance. Even when you do see them at close range, there's a good chance they'll be fast asleep!

This gallery of lion images was taken in South Africa (mainly Kruger National Park) and Botswana.

Lion male portrait, Sabi Sand Game Reserve Lion Portrait, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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Pair of male lions Pair of lion males, Kruger National Park
Lion lying in long grass Male lion, Kruger National Park
Lioness and cub Lioness and cub, Mashatu Game Reserve
Lion male, side view Well-fed male lion, Kruger National Park
Lioness portrait Lioness close-up, Mashatu Game Reserve
Lioness yawning Lioness yawning, Chobe, Botswana
Lion male under tree Lion male under tree, Moremi, Botswana
Lion cub close-up Cute lion cub, Private Reserve
Young lion, side view Young lion walking on bank, Mashatu Game Reserve
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Portrait of male lion
Male lion portrait, Kruger National Park
Lion male standing front-on
Male standing front-on, Kruger National Park
Lioness close-up
Lioness portrait, Mashatu Game Reserve
Lion stretching
Lion stretching, Chobe, Botswana
barbary lion with black mane Barbary lion, Endangered Species Centre
Lion male at waterhole Lion at waterhole, Kapama Game Reserve
Lion with bloodied face Lion with bloody face, Kruger Park
Lion at rest Lion male resting, Kruger National Park
Lions resting in shade Lion pride relaxing, Savuti, Botswana
Lioness crouching to drink Lioness drinking, Chobe, Botswana

Taking Lion Pictures
The picture of the battle-scarred male lion with an injured eye (Row 4, pic 1), plus the one of the lion relaxing under a tree after a good feed (Row 6, pic 1) were both taken some years ago with an Olympus C2100 UZ digital camera.

Although this is only a 2.1 megapixel camera, it has an amazing image-stabilised 10x zoom lens, giving you the equivalent of a 38mm to 380mm lens on a 35mm camera. When you add the Olympus B300 1.7 converter, you are armed with the equivalent of a 640mm lens.

That's what allowed me to get a full-frame photograph of the lion with the bad eye.

I've since graduated to digital SLR cameras, moving through the Canon EOS Rebel range and now use a Canon EOS 50D and old but reliable Canon EOS 450D.

For wildlife photography, a reasonably powerful telephoto lens is essential. Most my photographs of lions have been taken with various Canon lenses I've owned, including the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, and Canon 400mm f/5.6 L USM telephoto lenses.

The Canon 100-400mm zoom is popular amongst wildlife photographers because of its reach, versatile zoom range, and image stabilization. When fitted to a digital SLR body that has the smaller APS-C sensor giving you a 1.6 crop factor, it's like using a 160-640mm lens on a 35mm film camera.

That zoom range will give you plenty of scope for photographing lions, allowing you to place the subject in context by including the surroundings at the wide end, while also being able to zoom in close for intimate lion portraits.

It's a great lens when on safari in Africa, particularly if you're restricted to photographing wildlife from a vehicle, as is normal in the national parks and luxury safari lodges of South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania.

More About Lions
If you'd like to find out more about lions and their behavior, see Lion Information or Lion Facts.

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