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  1. Just a thought that crossed my mind although I am sure you have thought of it: Don't forget that the weathersealed body is only worth something if the lens is too. And if going the flash route then take a look at Godox before pulling any triggers on Olympus' own stuff...
  2. To be a bit unhelpful - I dunno!!! What you could do though is buy a simple mechanical adapter for about $20 to use your pentax mount 50-150 on the EM5. You obviously loose AF, but with one touch of a button you can zoom in and manually focus surprisingly easy. You will be amazed how easy this is with the electronic viewfinder. The lens also will then be equivilent to a 100-300 f2.8 once adapted. And of course with IBIS the lens is stabilised. The em10III has the same sensor, same stabilisation, just about same everything. It shoots 4K video (the em5 deoesn't). Of the top of my head the only advantages of the em5 over the 10III are: microphone input, articulating (rather than tilting) screen and weather proofing. The em5 is expected to be updated sometime this year. I should point out that Panasonic's G80 or (known as G85 in some markets) is arguably a better bet than the Em5. Not as pretty though. better AF for things that move, 4K video and a few other things.
  3. Two very different beasts here I would say. The EM5 is in interchangeable mirrorless micro four thirds (i.e a sort of mini dslr but far more high tech). The FZ1000 is a fixed lens 1" sensor bridge camera. So while it is a great lens and very versatile (by all accounts) you are stuck with it. I have become a bit of a M4/3 fan, the em5 is a great camera. If Mrs ZaminOz sees herself using different lenses and building a bit of a 'system' then it is the way to go. If she is looking for a one-does-it all then the FZ1000 is probably the way to go. If she is into video at all then the FZ specs (being 4K) are way better. The em5 is basically the same as my em10 (but with a weatherproof body and a few other minor body related differences). What it will not do is C-AF well. So say birds in flight are at best a challenge. I cannot speak for the FZ1000 but I would imagine (being contrast detect AF) that it is the same. As for batteries, its just not an issue. You can get 2 or three aftermarket ones on ebay with a dual USB charger for very, very little and go for days... As for low light, well to my unschooled eyes I really cannot see much difference between my em10 and older APSC Canons (e.g. 7D) as far as low light performance goes. Especially slow moving/stationary stuff on a night drive where Oly's amazing in body stabilisation allows you to slow the shutter speed and drop the ISO a lot. Moving low light stuff is a different kettle of fish, but to be honest whether it is mirrorless fuji, micro four thirds or whatever none are going to be able to touch a DSLR with fast glass. I would vote em5 but ONLY if she sees herself getting more lenses. Even then, she might want to look at an em10 (original, II or III) as it will basically do everything the em5 does for less.
  4. @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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A few from the last few months of the season.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. Many thanks Peter. Clouds are building here, forecast showing big thunder storms coming in. Yes!!!!
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.....

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