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  1. @ZaminOz I would personally hold off with the EM5. The AF is basically not that great, pretty much the same as my EM10. The sensor is the same as my beat up old second hand EM10 (which you can pick up for way, way less). In fact about the only thing IMHO that it has going for it over the much cheaper EM10 is a tilty flippy screen (the M10 has tilt but not flip out) and weatherproofing. Which of course is relevant only if you have expensive weatherproof lenses. The Panasonic G80/85 (model number varies by geographical location) is a much better value proposition. Better AF (especially moving subjects), much much better video, superb viewfinder etc. I have been giving some thought to upgrading my EM10 and the EM5 is just not on the list but the G85 certainly is. I am not going to upgrade, for what I use M4/3 it is just not worth it right now. In a few years I suspect that will be a very different story. Forgot to mention: I bought 3 cheapo batteries and a USB charger from Amazon. Very cheap, very effective on even longer trips to Liuwa and Busanga. Charger and batteries is not that bigger than one battery for my 1DMKIV!
  2. Great stuff Martin. I should point out too that Proflight offer last minute out of season flights - I think they are called firecracker rates - that are much much cheaper.
  3. It is largely because of flooding. Figtree is located on a pool that forms part of the Shishamba river which rises and falls quite seriously.
  4. A few from the last few months of the season.
  5. Goretex is just a personal pref type thing and I wouldn't change your plan. It is just that I wear them constantly all year round. The earth tone thing IMHO is a bit over done - on vehicles at least. While I wouldn't walk with a non-earthy coloured jacket I wouldn't hesitate driving with one. Same with shoes. If they are really garish and you are walking you can always muddy them up!
  6. I am sitting in my "office" in the Kafue and it is 18 degrees. I am wearing a jersey! The last three days have seen heavy cloud cover, rain and low temperatures. It has dropped by almost 20 degrees C from the previous week. Take a fleece for sure or a better option below. Lightweight and quick drying are for me the key. Big waterproof boots are still going to get wet and take ages to dry. You really don't need boots on safari, even one that entails quite a lot of walking Lightweight non-goretex merril walking shoes are my weapon of choice for basically everything other than fire fighting... Non goretex as it is much cooler and less sweaty. I would rather have two pairs of light trainer/trail type shoes than boots. Keen type "rafting" sandals are popular but I prefer an enclosed heel so would rather deal with wet trainers. I actually prefer a light, fleece lined shoftshell jacket to a fleece as it is substantially more windproof and quite waterproof too. Long sleeved shirts are a must - sun protection. Lynda my business partner swears by her cooling neck wrap thing when it hits 38! Fast drying polycotton type clothing is pretty much the only thing I see guests wearing these days anyway. This time of year a dry bag is a good thing to have with you. We always have them in our vehicles (as we have quite a lot and use them in canoeing), but if you are in an open vehicle in a thunderstorm you really don't want your phone and camera stuff to be getting a good soaking - and driving in an open vehicle in the rain EVERYTHING is going to get wet. Most camps supply ponchos, but bits of you are still going to get wet if you are caught out there in heavy weather. Enjoy! I love this time of year - a bit cooler, less smoke and dust, things greening up, less people, more clouds to give a bit of interest to the sky.
  7. Many thanks Peter. Clouds are building here, forecast showing big thunder storms coming in. Yes!!!!
  8. The price difference could well be because the agent quoting the higher rates does not get as good a margin as the others. Not all properties give the same rates to all agents. Why should they. If an agent has believed in them, stuck by them and given lots of bookings why should they not get a better rate than some guy or gal that pops out the woodwork (relative to the property in question of course). Or it could be they simply want to make more money from you and hang onto as much of that margin as possible and in fact they do get as good a margin as the others. . To be really honest if I was an agent and had put a lot of hard work into pulling together a quote (and lets say my margins were not as good as others) I would have liked the opportunity to price match or at least explain why I cannot go lower.
  9. Now we move to Mpamba rock. Three days of rains around the 10th of October. Nothing totally torrential but enough to turbocharge the grass and dampen down the dust. Distant rumbles saw me grabbing the tripod just after dinner on two consecutive evenings. EM10 ISO 400 f1.8 for 15 secs. This is the Olympus 17mm f1.8 prime. And again but a 5 sec exposure. This image below is one of these moments where you wish you could do it all over again. While the long exposure allowed me to grab the lightning it meant the stars were starting to trail. Oh well. Trial and error...
  10. I pressed submit before finishing! Pre-dinner drinks. The 'dining room' is in a glade of waterberry trees in the background where you can see chef Wina's headlight all bright and white. This is the 7.5mm fisheye at it's maximum f3.5. ISO 2000 for 30secs.
  11. It has been a while since posting to this thread. Some recent starry nights. Trying out a new island location and a new treehouse. This entailed an evening out under an almost full moon: Canon 1DMKIV at ISO 1250, f2.8, 8sec exposure with Samyang 14mm 15 secs this time. Everything else the same. It all worked beautifully. The treehouse worked wonderfully. Of course the only thing was that being under such a bright moon we started thinking about being out there on a moonless night. Fortunately we had some repeat guests who were desperate to try it all. So we did a dinner on the island and then left them too it. With a radio of course. Being a treehouse 3m off the ground I feel that it is okay to leave people there with only a radio if they desire. For this one we switched to mirrorless. Little OMD EM10. I am really, really surprised by what this camera can do. For a fairly small sensor with a couple of cheap manual focus primes it makes me smile. OMd EM10, ISO 1250, f3.5 for 10 secs. I am fairly sure this is the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye. For this sort of use actually the biggest problem is later on not having a clue about lens EXIF data.
  12. Super report Joel - really enjoyable and great pictures. We are really glad that Kafue was as enjoyable as it was for you. We really enjoyed having you here. I can report that the basket works brilliantly.....
  13. I would be TOTALLY uncomfortable with an establishment asking for a "guiding supplement". "The 250 USD is a private guide fee that will go to Promise, we usually have a guiding supplement that we give to guides that have been re-requested to reward them in some way so we can’t remove that fee" If they want to reward guides who are requested by guests then that is up to them to sort out and not the customer. Extremely high tipping causes all sorts of problems within camps and guiding teams. Jealousy and mistrust and cliques become the norm. I have seen one large camp with serious guiding team problems because people were fighting about tips. It was not nice. Even to the extent of facebook bullying which astonished me. It also makes things unpleasant for other guests once over tipping has set the bar. You get guides "reading" guests and deciding they are not going to be big tippers and "adjusting" their performance accordingly. Or fawning and trying to ingratiate themselves with ones they think will tip well. Most guides (here in Zambia) get pretty good salaries. Compared to general camp workers they are VERY WELL paid. I know that as guests we become slightly enthralled by these amazing people that seem to know everything and have us in their hands. But think about it.... driving tourists around is not that demanding compared to say chopping firewood in 35 degrees or dealing with septic tanks and fat traps. If you really want to throw money around in camps then maybe consider discussing it with management. The head guide that repeatedly is getting binoculars, other gifts and cash might not be the super star that you think he is. Maybe a trainee in the background REALLY needs that old pair of binos or that $40 bird book to progress. I am just throwing a slightly different point of view out here to try and make people see the other side of the coin so to say. I am not denigrating guides. good guides are the people that literally make this industry and people's wildlife experiences. But as the saying goes "to err is human".
  14. No experience of using them but plenty experience of dealing with them. My best advice is go the battery route - they seem to work really, really well. If where you are going is a small tented camp I would be very surprised if they run AC to the guest tents. Maybe low voltage solar for each tent. Many places do indeed switch off inverter power over night to avoid waking up to no power very early in the morning. In the past we have had to make plans with our small Honda generator to run such machines over night (as we do not have AC power in guest accommodation, only our main public area) but this is far from ideal as even the most silent of generators (which ours is) is not silent. Since then we have run an AC line to only one tent (closest to the main area) which we keep only for such machines. All battery charging is done in the main area. What I would urge is that you cannot just 'hope' to run it. The camp may really and truly not have the infrastructure or ability. You need to get onto your agent and/or buy one of these: https://www.cpap.com/productpage/bps-freedom-travel-cpap-battery-kit.html

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