Steven NY

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  1. That was very well done. Great job.
  2. I bought the WD Wireless Pro and returned it the next day. I found it, and most importantly the software, to be very clunky. It was hard to set up and I had trouble finding the drive on my computer. I am going to get the Canon Connection Station which will come as a $100 add on when I buy the 80D. It will show RAW files and I had the instruction manual and it seems to be less complicated.
  3. I bought a 2T Western Digital Passport Pro, which will backup my cards while in Africa. Seems to be the best solution. Gonna test it out within the next few days. Thanks for everyone's help.
  4. Thanks for the advice. I'm staying with the 80D, because I have the 70D as the other camera and I really like it. The 80D has a number of improvements. Even if I get a camera with two card slots, which would serve as a good automatic backup, it would still leave images from my other camera to figure out something else. Yes, obviously the backup in the field is a protection against loss of the images, more than anything else. Still a worthwhile endeavor. I am looking at a Western Digital 2T wireless drive, which may very well serve the purpose. I want to take the 10-20. Given the crop differential it is a 16 to 32. My 18-300 starts at 27. So, I am missing from 16 to 27 if I do not take the wide Sigma. I doubt the difference is that dramatic; however, I do think it would be worthwhile in the Crater and for night sky. I'll see how everything fits together in a new backpack and then look at the duffel and clothing/sundries bag. I may be a few pounds over, but I've heard from a number of people that Coastal Airlines is not too crazy if you're only a few pounds over, and they are friendly and understanding towards photographers. I could always keep a lens or the drive in a pocket and enter the plane with one of the cameras slung around my neck. Planning for this trip is a bit more complicated than going to Vegas for a week. ;-)
  5. I've used OFF - Deep Woods or something like that,, for years when I go golfing. It has deep, so i know I can handle that. Only question for any of this is putting it in checked luggage. I'll look for the roll-on you mentioned. thanks.
  6. I'm not taking anything large enough to be checked. My duffel is carry on, as is my backpack with my photo equipment.
  7. I just got back from a camera store where I looked at some options. Taking a lap top is not an option. I do not like lap tops and have no general use for them. The WD Wireless and the Canon Connect are probably the way I'll go. I'm going to trust that I have the shot when i look on the camera - when I zoom in I have a good idea.
  8. I was wondering about repellant as well. I'm going to Tanzania in Mid-September. My two night at the crater ought to be OK, because it is high altitude. Lake mantra and the Northern Serengeti may be a problem. My question is were or not you can buy that stuff in Tanzania. The bottles of the good stuff, or the sprays, seem to be larger than TSA will allow in carry on baggage (I only have carry on) and I'd hate to buy it and have it confiscated at the airport.
  9. Thanks or all of the answers. I'm not worried about my trip - just curious. That is why I'm here at this site, 2 1/2 months before I go. You should Google a video - maybe it was a set of stills - of a cheetah who climbed into the backseat of a game vehicle and stared at a very frightened man, from about one foot away. The man later said he thought the cheetah was going to sit in his lap. Try a search of "cheetah - safari vehicle - backseat - that ought to do it, I think. I know I'll be in good hands if I simply listen to my guides as to what is appropriate. If you come to NYC, I hope you'll listen to me as to where to go and where not to go. Thanks to all who contributed in this thread.
  10. I am going on a Tanzania Safari in mid-September. I have asked the following question of a number of people and always get the same answer (makes sense.) However, wrapping something around my mind and my gut are two different things. Here we go! Why don't the animals - particularly big cats - jump into/onto the game vehicles? The answer I get is that the animals see the vehicles as a big nondescript rock or something - that they are used to looking at/for animals on all fours moving fast. While this makes some sense, I cannot get past a few questions. How about smell? Don't they smell all of those humans? How about small movements, don't they see movements from the vehicles? I've seen countless photos of cheetahs on game vehicles. Yes, I know they like to be up high to look for prey. However, in a few I've seen them jump into the vehicle. In one, a cheetah almost sat on the lap of a man in the back seat. How is it explained that the cheetah doesn't lash out when it realizes it is up agains another mammal? So, it is simply the easy answer that they aren't interested? What do you do if a big cat jumps on the vehicle and is interested? BTW: Despite my questions I can't wait until I get to experience all this first hand.
  11. That is very reassuring. I'm counting the days.
  12. I wouldn't want to bring that much. I want to keep the weight down and bring a few different lenses. I think I'll find a good solution. Its a question of cost also. Thanks for your help. Steven
  13. Thanks for the welcome.
  14. Thanks. That looks interesting. It has a capacity of 125Gb. I'm not at all sure how many shots/videos I'll take. However, I think that may be a bit small for me. There is more out there than I thought. Steven
  15. 2 1/2 months until my first Safari. September 18. Booked it a month ago and was thinking about it and researching it for a month before that. Going to Tanzania. Two nights at Lemala Ngorongoro Camp on private safari. Game drive in Lake Manyara along the way. Coastal Aviation flights once in Tanzania. 3 mights in Northern Serengeti at Lemala Serengeti tented camp on group safari. Will be there for the Great Migration. Seems short, but there will be plenty of Game Drives and photo ops, I'm sure. Can't swing a longer one. Add the day on each end for travel and and extra day I'll spend in Amsterdam and it becomes a 10 vacation. I'm really psyched. Very glad I found this site.

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