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Poll: Which camera do you take on safari? (108 member(s) have cast votes)

Which camera do you take on safari?

  1. Digital zoom compact (10 votes [9.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.26%

  2. Digital SLR (68 votes [62.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 62.96%

  3. 35mm SLR (2 votes [1.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.85%

  4. DVD / Video (0 votes [0.00%])

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  5. Combination of above (28 votes [25.93%])

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#1 Game Warden

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 03:09 PM

On safari, or travelling through Africa, what equipment is in your bag?

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:29 PM

On safari, or travelling through Africa, what equipment is in your bag?

List your gear here: Make, model, lenses etc and your reasons for using it.


I use a Canon digital SLR.
In terms of lenses, I mainly use a Canon image stabilised 100-400 zoom lens, and have a smaller lens for the occasional landscape type shot.

A flashgun is essential for photographing wildlife at night - I use the Canon Speedlite 580EX. Dont rely on the fact that most SLR's have a flash built in - it isnt going to be powerful enough. On a trip to Zambia in 2006, on the night drives I was the only person to get photos of most of the wildlife we saw as I was the only one with an external flashgun so I was the only one able to photograph animals more than a few feet away.

I've also started taking a backup device with me - a Jobo GigaVu Pro Evolution. I can put the camera memory cards (CF) into it and back them up to hard disk, leaving the card free to be re-used (if I fill all the memory cards - if not I have the card and the external backup for safety).
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 05:51 AM

Canon Powershot S1 IS ( 3.2 Megapixel CCD Sensor and a 10x Optical Zoom Lens) and a tele photo lens attachment taking it to about 32x I think).

Thank the stars for the electronic settings for fools like moi. Despite doing a digital photography course since our return, I still wouldn't know a depth of field or a f-stop from my elbow...

Powered by four AA type batteries which is a real bonus as one can recharge in ones own room or in the safari vehicle with a normal type battery charger (or if emergency and able, then purchase AA's).

As camera challenged as I am, still took some nice photos...point and shoot.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 11:24 PM

I'm a bit of a camera nut when I go on Safari.
Here's a list of what I use and a photo I took of the gear I brought on a recent 17 night trip to the Sth Luangwa Nat Park- Zambia :o

Nikon D300 X 2
MB-D10 grip X 2
|Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
|Nikon 17-55 f/2.8
|Nikon 70-200VR f/2.8
|Nikon 200-400VR f/4
|Sigma 150 f/2,8 macro
|TC1.4 & 1.7E
SB 900 Flash + Better Beamer extender
Gitzo GT3540LS tripod
|Markins M20 ballhead
|W'mbrly Sidekick
Manfrotto 680B monopod
|Jobo GigaView Pro Evo 120GB
WD 250GB 2.5" USB HDD
Lowepro Bags
Kiboko/ Gura gear bag
Sony Hi Def Video| chargers | filters | etc.

Have since replaced the D2Xs with a Nikon D300 & the 300 f/2.8VR with the Nikkor 200-400 f/4VR :)

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With a sample image from that trip

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 10:38 AM

Thank the stars for the electronic settings for fools like moi. Despite doing a digital photography course since our return, I still wouldn't know a depth of field or a f-stop from my elbow...


I must admit to letting my camera choose the settings - its got a bigger brain than me, and I'd rather concentrate on what I'm photographing rather than worrying about apertures, shutter speeds etc
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:18 PM

I must admit to letting my camera choose the settings - its got a bigger brain than me, and I'd rather concentrate on what I'm photographing rather than worrying about apertures, shutter speeds etc


Hey - Predator - that is reassuring! I feel like an apologist but loved the photos Kaye and I took and the great memories.

We have two "gallery" boards up in our lounge room with a selection of the photos we took - and every day I gaze at them and some memory of our 2005 trip floods back and enlivens my spirit!
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 11:00 AM

I currently have...

- Canon EOS 20D and 300D, both with battery grips
- Canon 580EX flash and a Manfrotto monopod with speed-ballgrip
- Canon 35-350mm L F3.5-5.6
- Canon 70-200mm L IS F2.8
- Canon 100mm F2.8 macro
- Canon 17-40mm L F4
- Peleng 8mm fish eye
- Canon 1,4x TC II
- Jobo Gigavu Pro 60Gb phototainer
... and all that, including 8 spare batteries, loaders, 20Gb worth of CF cards, etc etc... in a Lowepro Nature trekker AW (I also have a Trim trekker for smaller trips).

Quite curious what other people's setup is...

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 05:46 AM

I currently have...

- Canon EOS 20D and 300D, both with battery grips
- Canon 580EX flash and a Manfrotto monopod with speed-ballgrip
- Canon 35-350mm L F3.5-5.6
- Canon 70-200mm L IS F2.8
- Canon 100mm F2.8 macro
- Canon 17-40mm L F4
- Peleng 8mm fish eye
- Canon 1,4x TC II
- Jobo Gigavu Pro 60Gb phototainer
... and all that, including 8 spare batteries, loaders, 20Gb worth of CF cards, etc etc... in a Lowepro Nature trekker AW (I also have a Trim trekker for smaller trips).

Quite curious what other people's setup is...


Jochen --

I use Pentax medium format for landscapes in the US, and the following for Africa:

Nikon D200
Nikon D70
Sigma 500mm lens
Nikon 200-400mm (rented)
Nikon 80-200mm
Nikon 28-70mm
Nikon 17-35mm
14 GB of various CF Cards
Epson P4000
Epson P2000
Lowepro Photo Trekker bag
Bogen 3021B Pro Tripod
Adorama Bean Bag

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 09:11 AM

Panasonic Lumix FZ50.
About as near to SLR without the changing of lenses etc. (Focus & zoom on the lens barrel)

I'm not a photographer, more of a "Photo Memorist?" or a "Happy Snapper?"

My photographs are not to the quality of the hobbyist or professional photographer but are ideal for my purposes.

I'm no expert but as a word of warning to anybody contemplating buying a camera for safari Having all the gear does not guarantee the quality of pictures seen here & elsewhere.

Unless you are interested or intend to take up photography as a hobby I would steer clear of the advertised bundle offers. (Body, couple of lenses, bag, mini tripod, that sort of thing)
The items are normally entry level, unsuitable for your needs, & difficult to use for happy snapping, if you get the photographic bug you will soon want better! If you don't then into the cupboard it goes till next year.
Don't believe me?
Take a look at eBay!
Buy a good compact point & shoot with manual settings or a "Bridge" camera, all the leading manufacturers make them. (Called bridge cameras as they bridge the gap between point & shoot & digital SLR's)
They all have good zoom 10 or even up to 18x!
Good Manual settings & are relatively inexpensive compared to an SLR kit!
Easier to use than an SLR, no need for lens changes, with the manual settings you can go further into the hobby & if you decide you want to become a photographer & want to upgrade you've not wasted so much money & you now have a point & shoot as back up.
Beware also of falling into the "Mega-pixel" trap!
the higher the pixels does not necessarily mean the better the picture.?? It slows down the camera & fills the memory card quick.
Unless you want to enlarge a picture to fill a wall, for the average non hobbyist I would suggest 5 mege-pixels is ample & if your only posting to the web then even less.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:24 PM

On safari, or travelling through Africa, what equipment is in your bag?


I have always been a Nikon user so the camera I use is the NikonD200
lens:
NIkon 28-70mm, f2.8
Nikon micro 105mmVR, f2.8
Nikon 80-400mmVR, f5.6
and the latest addition being the 70-200VR, F2.8
Nikon sb800 speedlight and a manfrotto monopod
5 extra batteries and usually 20mg of memory cards
when I was in kenya, I only used the 28-70mm and the 80-400mm but next trip I will be taking the 70-200mm for that extra sharpness
The lens I dream about are the Nikon 400mmVR, f2.8 and the Nikon 600mmf4
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 05:42 AM

The first camera I ever bought myself was a 35mm Film SLR - Pentax MZ 50 it was a twin lens kit (28 80mm / 100 300mm) that I bought duty free as a spur of the moment thing, just before a trip to the Lower Zambezi. I still have it and it is a good reliable camera (though has sat in a camera bag all on its lonesome for a few years now).

On a trip to the Luangwa a couple of years ago we were riding around with an American photo journalist who had a couple of digital SLRs. And it occurred to me then that my days of travelling with about 20 30 rolls of film (in various ISOs with the obligatory couple of BW rolls thrown in) and having to be frugal with which shot I took, were soon to be over! There was I worrying if a particular shot was going to turn out alright, and whether I should take it again for good measure... whereas she was just firing off 30 to 40 shots with abandon. In the evening back at camp she would just do a quick edit and delete about 60% of what she had taken for the day, keeping only the best shots.

Thus... back in the land of shops, and before another holiday (it seems I only by cameras duty free) I got a 6 megapixle Pentax *istDs DSLR with a 18 125mm lens to go with my other 28 80mm / 100 300mm. This is a fantastic (and cheap) little camera that has served me very well for the last few years and which I still have. However have also added a 10 megapixle Pentax K10D (image stabilised, sensor cleaning & weather/dust proof seals) with 18 50mm and 70 300mm macro lens kit. The kit lenses are good enough to do the job, but I will be investing next (when Mrs ZaminOz isn't looking) in a higher quality lens... (edit: Mrs ZaminOz wasn't looking ):P

So my kit currently is:- (updated 3 August 2010)

Digital SLRs:
Pentax K7 (... You guessed it; bought duty free...)
Pentax K10D
Pentax *istDs

Lenses:
PENTAX DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]
PENTAX DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 II APO EX DC HSM
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG

Plus kit lenses:
Sigma 18 50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC
Sigma 70 300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Sigma 18 125mm DC
(and the 28 80mm / 100 300mm from my 35mm SLR which also work on my DSLRs)

Flash:
Sigma EF-530 DG SUPER

Tripod
Several dozen gb worth of SD cards
Lowpro Orion Trekker II / Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 85 / Tamrac Adventure 2 Day Pack
Batteries/Filters/Chargers etc

Wish List:

Sigma APO 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM
PENTAX DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM
smc PENTAX DA 17-70mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM
PENTAX ultra wide-angle DA 12-24mm
Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM for Pentax

Edited by ZaminOz, 03 August 2010 - 08:26 AM.

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 05:46 AM

I have, but will not take all of this on safari:

Two 35mm SLRs: Canon EOS1n, EOS3

Angle finder

One rangefinder: Fuji GS645S Wide 60 (6cm x 4.5cm transparencies)

Canon 300/2.8 L IS lens with 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, 25mm extension tube

Canon 135/f2 L

Canon 24-105/f4 L IS

Canon 100-400 L IS

Canon 100/2.8 macro

Monopod, tripod and a variety of other camera supports.

Speedlite 580EX flash with Better Beamer and various off-camera flash brackets

540EZ flash (in hibernation)

My wife Yvonne and I share equipment, though not our respective enthusiasm for film/digital. She has:

Canon EOS1D Mark 2 DSLR

EOS 5D

EOS 40D

EOS 630 SLR

Monopod, tripod

70-200/2.8 L IS, 2x teleconverter

24-70/2.8 L

85/1.8

50/1.8

550EX flash & brackets

Heaven only knows what else she has in her camera bags.

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 07:56 AM

For photography I always use SLR equipment. In my case Canon since I started with that brand almost 30 years ago.

My own equipment while on safari is:
EOS-1D mkII and 1Ds mkII
17-40/4.0L
70-200/2.8L
300/2.8L
500/4.0L
1.4x and 2x converters
Laptop with separate USB harddrive for backups
And too much other smaller stuff.

My wife uses her own camera, mainly with her 100-400L lens.

When I am traveling on my own and can't take all of the above, I leave the 500mm lens at home and only take the 300/2.8 with me.
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 03:42 AM

So, the brand count for cameras on African safaris so far is:

Canon in the lead with 6 users;

Nikon next with 3 users; and

Pentax and Panasonic joint 3rd with 1 user each.

[Probably reflective of each brands positioning in the market.]
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:50 AM

I just added some new babies. Now I got to take them on a test drive.
Latest addition the Apple Mac, 28-300 IS USM, and the 40D.

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With that arsenal I should get one presentable photo finally. Now if the sun would just come out.. lets play.

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 01:58 AM

make that:

Canon in the lead with 7 users;

Nikon next with 3 users; and

Pentax and Panasonic joint 3rd with 1 user each.
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 01:59 AM

Dikdik

How do you find room in your vehicle for yourself with all those cameras? ... (and the extra camera that you used to take the photo of all your cameras!)
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 02:53 AM

make that:

Canon in the lead with 7 users;

Nikon next with 3 users; and

Pentax and Panasonic joint 3rd with 1 user each.


ZaminOz,

I use Canon kit as well.
Geoff.

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 04:24 AM

Another vote for Nikon

Two bodies : D300 and D2X

Currently happy with the 70-300 VR and 100-400 lenses.

Will look to invest in the 80-400 VR somewhere down the road!
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 05:42 AM

I'm a Nikon girl...

I have the D300 (just bought a month ago - I love it)

I bought the following Nikon lenses to go with:

16-85mm (great lens)

80-400 VR (off the scale - what did I ever do without it?)


I'm broke as a result of my purchases BUT they're worth it.....





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