Medium Telephoto Zoom
When photographing groups of wildebeest, a medium telephoto zoom lens, around 70-200mm, will normally suffice.
To get good shots of individual wildebeest, or close-ups of the head and shoulders, then you'll need a longer lens, in the 300mm to 400mm range.
On the vast plains of East Africa, whether in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park or Kenya's Masai Mara, the
annual wildebeest migration offers a totally different set of photographic opportunities and challenges.
During the migration, the wildbeest congregate in herds of many thousands as they move in search of better grazing.
While this is visually astounding and is recognized as one of the world's great wildlife spectacles, it's also extremely difficult to portray in static pictures.
To accurately record the magnitude of the wildebeest migration, you need a wide angle lens to capture
the spread of animals that can fill your viewfinder from corner to corner.
To eliminate the wasted space above and
below the main subject, it's a good idea to take a series of pictures and stitch them into a panorama.
For most wildlife photographers, the ultimate of course is to get shots of the famous wildebeest river crossings.
Here the animals bunch in hordes before leaping into the treacherous Grumeti or Mara rivers where crocodiles and other predators lie in wait.
It's impossible to predict where or when the nervous animals will cross, so there's a large amount of luck involved
in taking pictures of the wildebeest river crossings.
For those fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time,
a long lens works extremely well as it compresses the subject, showing the wildebeest closely bunched together on the banks and in the river.
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