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  1. Hello Photography gurus! I need advice on this. My current Panasonic Lumix DSC FZ200 is showing signs of stress no thanks to impatient me overworking it. I'm thinking I should get another one - a backup in case the lumix dies on me while I'm taking a picture of an aardvark cuddling up to my leg in the Kafue park (i have big dreams). I love my Lumix and it had not failed me, until Guassa when the cold froze it and in South Africa when I oversnapped pictures in one second. So i'm torn between taking another bridge camera and or upgrade to a beginner's DLSR. I won't and never can learn to use how to manually adjust the camera for the ISO, or shutter speeds or apertures. My Lumix was fixed at auto permanently and come night time, I don't even recall how to get the flash to work. I'm that challenged. the book on "how to use the flash, Dummy" is made for me. For a bridge, I'm looking at Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III which I think @amybatt had invested in and loves, and has a larger sensor but same zoom as my current Lumix. but i'm wondering if I should just upgrade to a beginner's DLSR like Canon EOS70D. of course, DLSR will cost a leg and an arm, while the bridge is far cheaper. but it seems silly not to upgrade, and at the same time, I would be leaving the DLSR in auto so it may sound silly to use DLSR in that case.... you see the dilemma i'm in.... please, anyone, help me out?
  2. Hi all - I'm off in a few weeks to Tanzania, and this time I've decided to rent a Canon 5D Mark III. I'm getting it a few days early to get familiar with it, and I think for the most part it should be similar to other Canon cameras I've used. However, I'm wondering if anybody here has any tricks for autofocus settings that they like to use with this camera? I've started looking at various sites on the web, but thought I'd see if anyone here had any thoughts. Thanks.
  3. Just wondering if anyone is currently using the new 100-400 and if you like it? I currently use the Canon 400 f4 DO on a 5D Mlll, which I like, but I do find the fixed lens is sometimes limiting for composition in a truck. My main concern is going to a f5.6 at the long end... But the reviews sound impressive and the minimum focusing distance seems fantastic. Any thoughts?
  4. First Photo of the Long-Awaited Canon EF 100-400mm Version 2 Appears Online reports www.petapixel.com To read the full article click here. Canon users: Is this the next lens you'll be buying for Safaris?
  5. Given Olympus withdrew from the dSLR market last year. I'm now looking to fill the hole in my bag that my aging Olympus e-3 and the 150mm F2 prime (300mm in 35mm terms) that I rent are going to leave. I'm looking for a mid range tele (again around 300mm) on a budget which will get me started on another system. I will be keeping a Olympus EM-1 and my beloved 50-200mm f2.8/3.5 lens with 1.4 TC which will give me just under 600mm reach (it's a 2x crop sensor). Plus a handful of shorter primes, it's an ideal travel camera but the AF isn't great for action, which is why I'm looking elsewhere. I have around £2000 to £2500 to spend and about 2.5kg to spare in my carry on allowance. I'm looking at what's currently on the market. I would sooner spend more on the lens than the body (but may rent in the short term). Here's my short list. Cropped sensors with 70-200mm F2.8 or 70-200mm F4 Nikon D7100 Canon 70D Canon 7D Mk II (out of my price range if I want to buy a decent lens) Fullframe with 300mm F4 (f2.8 is too heavy and out of my budget). Nikon D750 Canon 5D Mk III (out of my price range if I want to buy a decent lens) I'm not interested in the Canon 6D or Nikon D610 I have researched both cameras in the past they didn't appeal. Also the Nikon D810 has too many pixels for my needs. Cameras are overpriced here in the UK, I'm comfortable to look at the 2nd hand and grey import markets. Instead of buying new I'm thinking that maybe a slightly older camera but higher up the range (Canon 1D, Nikon D3) could be a solution and there must be some great lenses out there that are no longer on the market. Camera requirements for me are (in rough order) Fast AF and C-AF (even in poor light) High frame rate (>5 fps) Light (less that 2.5kg for camera and lens) Good low light performance (Acceptable RAW files at ISO1600) More than 12 Megapixels Large viewfinder, ideally 100% Weather and dust sealing (I can run the e-3 under a tap to clean it) Articulated screen (nice to have for studio/macro work). Lens requirements F4 or Brighter at 300mm Sharp wide open light, ideally < 1.5kg Not too worried about IS/VR, you tend to switch it off for action anyway. So does anyone have any suggestions outside of my shortlists above? Especially with the older gear.
  6. Hey Guys If you looking for an awesome getaway with the family, and you are photographically inclined, then head on over to my website where you will see that I offer both private photographic safaris as well as safaris run in conjuction with Pangolin Photo Safaris who are based in Kasane on the Mighty Chobe River which is a prime wildlife photographic destination. Head on over to my website Or head on over to Pangolin Photo Safaris Website and lets see what we can organise for you Have a great day and enjoy your next trip into Africa.
  7. Original Post can be found here: http://timothygrieselphoto.blogspot.com/ Now where do I begin? Basungu Plains Before Dawn How do I convey and express the amazing things I saw and experienced on my month long adventure in Northern Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia? I guess I start with where it all began, how it all came about and the weeks before stepping on board a rather old looking ATR 42–500 with 13 other passengers and heading to the beautiful Kasane. (Rather Old Image taken from Wikipedia - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dc/Aircraft_12.03.2005_11-06-39.jpg) Now I am a young photographer with a lot of aspirations and dreams and part of those dreams is that one day I can go out and work in the field helping to conserve the amazing and unique creatures that call Africa home. After months of trying and approaching photographers who work full time as wildlife photographers and being disappointed with the lack of response or the lack of anything available to me, I stumbled upon a company’s, who are based in Kasane, Facebook Page (the power of social media still astounds me) and as a last ditch effort I simply wrote on their Facebook wall asking if they perhaps had anything at all that they could offer me and to my surprise and rather quickly, if I must admit, I got a reply, saying they would have a look and see what they could find for me. A Beautiful Chobe Sunset The company that had suddenly renewed my faith and passion for photography is Pangolin Photo Safaris. After a couple of weeks and quite a number of emails passed between me and Pangolin Safaris, we had organised for me to come up to Botswana to join them on a two week internship where I would be able to gain experience of working in the field, working with clients in the field as well as working with a very talented photographer by the name of Gerhard “Guts” Swanepoel. The Stunning Yellow-Billed Stork Now you may be asking where Zimbabwe and Zambia come into things. I had already planned on travelling to Zambia(Kafue National Park and Luanshya) and Zimbabwe (Hwange) in late July with my father and family friends and seeing as he would need to come up to Kasane anyway before heading into Zimbabwe and Zambia, we thought that the two weeks leading up to the 14th of July which is the day we were going to be travelling up into Botswana anyway would be the best time for me to fly up to Kasane and join Guts and the rest of the team, and so on the 26th of June, I stepped onto the flight ready for new experiences and eager to arrive in the stunning Chobe National Park, excited with what the next month may have in store for me. Mischievous Baby Baboon It is at this time that I really do need to say thank you to Guts, Kerstin, Shuur, Killer and Toby for offering me such a unique and special opportunity and I hope I was able to repay all there kindness. To Guts for teaching me new things about my camera and always offering advice when I needed it as well as offering to share his experience and talents with me, Thank you so very much. Coming Giant To Kerstin, for cooking me dinner or breakfast even with me protesting and saying I wasn’t hungry. Thank you. To Shuur, the man who drives the boat, you were always a joy to be around, always with a big smile on your face even when we are waiting for oom Johan to get that skimmer shot. You still owe me lions from the boat. Beautiful Princess To Killer, I don’t think you can get any better than finding two leopards (one before we had even reached the gate), a honey badger and some other awesome sights. You certainly know your way around Chobe and were a pleasure to work with and certainly provided some beautiful scenes. The biggest thanks I owe it to my Uncle Stephen, my auntie Sue and Ceriagh, you gave up your home to me and let me stay there even while you were dealing with a tragedy back in South Africa. Thank you so much. Thank you for putting up with me. I appreciate everything you all did for me and already miss you guys terrible. Without you and your assistance, this would never have been possible. Drops of Nature I think I have thanked everyone, please accept my apologies if I have left someone out. Now that I have acknowledged and thanked everyone for what they did for me we can get back to the trip. My flight landed a little after two in the afternoon, I was at Stephen and Sue by about two thirty and had made contact with Guts, just to let him know I had arrived safely and that I was ready to start as soon as he wanted me too. By quarter to three he had informed me he was on his way to pick me up in which resulted in a mad scramble to get out of the clothes I had flown in and into my “Khaki’s” to work in, well to accompany Guts in. Thirst Quencher That first afternoon, I spent my time on the boat just thinking about how lucky I was, here I am sitting on one of the best rivers in the world for wildlife photography and I have another two and bit weeks (boy did they fly by) of time to spend here with a talented photographer on a specially designed photo boat (could a man get luckier?). Ellie at Sunset It’s safe to say the next two weeks; in fact the next month absolutely flew passed, with some truly unforgettable experiences such as a beautiful young leopardess high up a tree in a fish eagles nest eating the chick, coming around the corner and watching two crocodiles go through their courtship and mating rituals, driving from Kazungula to Kasane to meet up with Shuur only to have to stop and let a hyena cross the road, the time spent in the underground elephant bunker at Senyati, waking up to the absolutely breath taking iTezhi tezhi dam, listening to lions roaring as they get closer and closer to where you are sleeping in a tent and being startled by the sound of a leopard calling as you are starting a fire to cook dinner. Protective I think it is fair to assume that I had an absolutely amazing time in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia and have returned with many wonderful memories. I thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to live my dream for one entire month. Hwange (Wankie) National Park. A Twist in the Trunk I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Hwange, from what I had read is that it was an area that had been wrecked by poaching and it was only in the northern private concessions that game was still plentiful. We stayed at a private lodge called Kapula and could safely say that Hwange in its day must have been an absolutely amazing place. We managed to see many elephants (all very skittish though), a lioness and later that afternoon an absolutely stunning big blacked manned lion and apparently just missed seeing a leopard on our second day. It seems that if Hwange is managed correctly and maybe improved on a little, it will certainly become a major tourist attraction and a beautiful place to visit in the future. We heard lions around us every night and had ellies around the lodge quite often. Nourishment I was truly impressed with what Hwange had to offer but unfortunely not many images where taken. Zambia (Kafue National Park, Kitwe, Luanshya and Lusaka) Zambia is an interesting place, from the moment you step onto the ferry crossing in Kazungula till the moment you step off it and head back into Botswana, I don’t think anyone truly understands what is happening or what they should be doing. After spending almost four hours at the border sorting out paperwork, which you need to get from quite a few buildings, and paying a ridiculous amount for different fares and not really understanding why you have to pay them we were finally heading towards Livingston and our final destination which was to be Hippo Bay Campsite in Kafue National Park. Little Bee-Eater We hit Livingstone a little after 11 expecting smooth sailing from here on out only to be confronted by a wall of cars with people sticking out of them, drinking and hurling insults at us and going as far as to push us off the road by swerving towards us and away from us at the last second, to say this fried a few nerves is an understatement. Here we are not accustomed to local traditions being forced off the road for some reason, and not understanding what we should or shouldn’t be doing. We later found out it was because they had a funeral for someone obviously quite important in the community. What a view to wake up with From there we headed to Kalomo for fuel and Kwacha (money) and headed towards Kafue. Thankfully everything seemed to go a little smoother from here on out except when we came around the corner only to be confronted with a truck stuck on a single lane bridge with massive donga’s (large trench caused by erosion) on each side, but thankfully the community (which came out of nowhere) helped and soon we have pushed the truck backwards and out of the way. Fell Asleep to this display Something we learned that first day in Zambia is that you cannot measure distance and give an ETA; you do not know what the roads will be like and how long it will really take to get there. We finally arrived in Hippo Bay Campsite a little after eight thirty, when we had originally planned to get there in the early afternoon, set up camp and go for a short afternoon game drive, although nothing can be said about the greeting we received at the camp site with a lion roaring rather close to us while we scrambled to get tents up and dinner made. Hippo Bay Campsite is where the little black dot is, near Safari Camp We spent a few days exploring the central area of Kafue (the iTezhi tezhi region) and had some nice sightings of Porcupine, Civet, Genet, Hyena and a few birds which I have added to my life list but we missed the lions that were in the area and had a very brief encounter with a truly terrified elephant. A view from the Road It seems that Elephant Poaching has taken its toll on the elephants in the area and they are truly scared and terrified with human interaction, to the point where if you are lucky enough to find an elephant they will either flea or charge, there is no sitting and admiring their beauty. We left Hippo Bay and headed to Mayukuyuku which is a little further north but even then, the trip took us close to 6 hours to do but we were able to see Roan and Sable and Warren and Candice got to see Buffalo for the first time on this trip. Mayukuyuku Campsite is kinda where that little black dot it We spent two nights at Mayukuyuku and decided for our fifth and last night in Kafue we would try head up towards to Busunga plains which we had heard so much about, we broke camp and headed up hoping to either find accommodation or sleep outside the park but we run out of luck when at five thirty we had found neither accommodation or reached the gate and it was at this point that we stopped at one of the camps to enquire about staying and to ask whether it would be possible to get to the gate, only to be informed that the gate was still flooded and not reachable at this current time, staying there was also a no go as they were unable to offer any space. Basunga Before Dawn We were then able to find another lodge which will remain unnamed, as we were only allowed to stay there after we negotiated to pitch out tent up as there was no ways we were going to pay there nightly fee (close to 600 dollars a night). With our tent set up in their staff quarters (cause we weren’t allowed to pitch the tent near the car) we were prepared to spend a chilly night on the floor as it was just too far to walk back to fetch the rest of our stuff. The real fun and games came the next day when we left the park through North Gate and headed towards Solwezi and Kitwe (our final unintended destinations). Leaving the park, the 110kms we had to travel took us close to 5 hours and the 500 or so kilometres we needed to travel to Luanshya, where we intended on spending the night. A Little Curious We ended up only making Kitwe by 8 o’clock that night and decided we had dealt with enough hair raising mad drivers for one day and we would do the final 75km’s in the morning. Driving from Solwezi to Kitwe was one of the most nerve wrecking experiences of my life, we were travelling on extremely bad roads with countless potholes with drivers who did not care about their own lives or the lives of the people sharing the road, as they hurtled passed us doing absolutely extraordinary speeds on these terrible dangerous roads. I Have Socks We even had a truck pulling acid mine waste come past us and have to squeeze into a very small space to avoid the oncoming traffic. Certainly an interesting experience, one I will never forget and one that I never want to experience again. This is also the day our adventures in national parks ended, yes, it was a very sad day but Luanshya awaited us. Luanshya… My father, uncles and aunt (can’t forget you Peachy) were all born in what must have been an extremely beautiful town in the 50’s and 60’s but unfortunately today it is just a shell of what it once was. It has seen better days and hopefully one day it will return to those beautiful times. The local Pool This was the first time my father had been back to the little mining town he was born in and will most likely be his last, places he remembered as a kid or places he had been told stories about where none existent or in extremely bad condition. It is an eye opening experience walking through the streets and speaking locals who now lived in this little city but things seem to be on the rise with a very new looking Pick n Pay open on the main road leading into town. Catholic Church/ Classroom We can only hope that things will improve. Locals love the little town; it is now just a question of trying to get it back to where it used to be. This is also where we found probable some of the highest rugby posts I have ever seen in my life, it is just a pity they are so skew. Highest Posts I Have Ever Seen From Luanshya, we left and headed to Lusaka where we spent the night and the next day we headed back into Botswana. We made it back to Kazungula by six on Friday the 26th of July, tired after spending probably close to 35 hours in a vehicle in 3 days but relieved and happy we got to experience it all and got to see what we did. And thus ended an absolutely amazing time in three different countries with many memories I will cherish forever. It absolutely flew passed and I am looking forward to the next adventure I go on. The Abandoned Life Guard Hut I would love to share my amazing experience with others one day and lead a group up into Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. There is one thing though; I will make sure it is better planned with only a certain number kilometers to travel in a day, so we don’t have to face the mad Zambian drivers and terrible road conditions at night. Original Better Quality Can Be Found Here The Movement Of The Stars at Hippo Bay Campsite Thank you for reading Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TimothyGrieselPhotography Website -http://timgphotography.wix.com/timothygrieselphotography 500px - http://500px.com/TimothyGriesel or email me on timg.photography@gmail.com
  8. I have never used a prime telephoto lens and am thinking of investing in one for future safaris. I would love to hear from experienced users on what they would recommend for a Canon full-frame DSLR. I am very much a hand-holding reactive photographer, so I would need a fast lens. I would also be interested to know which lenses work best with teleconverters. Weight of the lens is not an issue for me. I know about the new 200-400 zoom lens but would like to focus on primes (in the range of 300mm - 500mm), and specifically, a replacement for the 400mm end of my 100-400mm zoom lens (which I found rather slow and slightly hit and miss on my last safari). Looking forward to suggestions.
  9. Hi there, I am going to Botswana in November (Kwara and Lagoon). I will be carrying the following gear: Canon eos 5dMK3 Canon eos 7d Canon EF 300mm 2.8 LIS Canon EF 70 - 200mm 2.8 LIS Canon 2.0 TC Canon 1.4 TC I am still not sure, which combination to use as my standard on this trip. I don´t want to change lenses to often (dust + loosing opportunities). I love the 5d because of its IQ at high ISO, which should be a good help at dusk and dawn, but it´s a fullframe camera, so I am not sure to get close enough. I know, I get close to animals in these concessions, but...? The 7d with 300mm was focal length wise a perfect combination (in so far as a fixed lens can) I am thinking of the following standard combinations but can´t still decide: 1. 5d + 300mm + 2.0 TC = 600mm, 7d + 70 - 200mm (=112 - 320 mm) am not sure of IQ losses with the TC. On the 7d the results were very mixed. 2. 5d + 300mm, 7d + 70 - 200mm (=112 - 320 mm) am not sure if I am to short. IQ wise this should be the best combination. There are no gaps between the two focal lengthes. 3. 5d + 70 - 200mm, 7d + 300mm (=480mm) the IQ of the 7d at low light is not that good. As we will be out early and back late, former trips showed that high ISO is a must. Best photo opportunities are at that time of the day, best light and animal activity. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions, thanks a lot. Thomas

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