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Naturally, your next question will be, did I regret it while on safari? I have to admit, I did find myself in a few situations, particularly with the big cats or large birds where I really wished I had a 400mm or 500mm zoom. But, it's not practical to switch lenses very often so I would recommend a zoom like this only if you plan to have two cameras with you and can afford it. I'd estimate that I would have used a lens like this only about 5% - 10% of the time. If you do go with a lens like this, a solid, stable monopod is highly recommended!
So only get a 400mm or 500mm zoom lens as a second or third lens choice. Your primary lens should be as versatile (like the 28-300mm) as possible.
They come in various conversions, typically 1.4, 1.7, 2.0 which effectively increase the range of your lens by that factor (so a 1.7x teleconverter will give a 200mm lens the effective zoom of a 340mm lens).
Keep in mind that they work better with a fast lens (e.g., f/2.8 like the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8) and also a fixed zoom length lens and will affect the sharpness of your photos (but it may be an acceptable trade-off to you). Your best bet may be to go to a camera shop and ask to try it out (but be aware that your camera's LCD review screen will likely not reveal how less sharp the photo is with the teleconverter).
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