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Poll: Which camera do you take on safari? (118 member(s) have cast votes)

Which camera do you take on safari?

  1. Digital zoom compact (10 votes [8.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.47%

  2. Digital SLR (77 votes [65.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 65.25%

  3. 35mm SLR (2 votes [1.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.69%

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

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Combination of above (29 votes [24.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.58%

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#41 Game Warden

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:40 PM

So who's buying new gear? Now that Twaffle has her 7D, is anyone else upgrading?

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#42 russell

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 07:27 PM

So who's buying new gear? Now that Twaffle has her 7D, is anyone else upgrading?


I will confess.

Have pre-ordered a 1d Mark IV. Should be arriving by mid-late December :o

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:52 AM

I am seriously considering upgrading both my DSLRs by replacing the Pentax K10D with the K-7 and the Pentax *istDs with the K-x.

Just waiting for prices to come down a little from the original release price.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 02:12 AM

I'll be buying my wife a new Canon body between now and our trip in February. Need an upgrade from her basic digital Rebel. Any recommendations for an upgrade that does not need to be professional quality? Her lenses include the 100-400 IS, an older 70-200 (to be replaced soon by a 55-250), a macro (don't remember the specifics), and a wide-angle (24 mm; 2.8).

Me? I get permission to use the point and shoot.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 02:45 AM

Assuming that you are sticking with Canon, I would assume that the logical upgrades would be to either the EOS 500D or the EOS 50D. Depends which features are most important to you and Mrs Pangolin:

http://www.dpreview....o...0d&show=all
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:10 AM

I received my new Canon EOS 7D last week and will be using it on my coming trip to Botswana (Lagoon, Lebala, Nxai Pan) and South Africa (Kruger NP) starting Nov., 6th.
Had two 40Ds so far and will be selling one and taking one with me, so I wonīt have to change lenses on the game drives.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:18 AM

We can compare notes! What lenses are you taking on safari?

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 11:52 AM

I will carry a Canon EF300mm L IS f2.8, a Canon EF 70-200mm LIS 2.8, 2x Teleconverter. Tamron 28-75mm and a Sigma wide angle, plus Feisol tripod and a lot of stuff. A heavy bag :D
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Safaris and Ketchup are similar, sometimes you shake the bottle of Ketchup and nothing comes out, you shake and shake and shake and all of a sudden everything pops out.
So donīt stop shaking the bottle, thereīs a lot inside.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 12:15 PM

We will expect some great photos on your return! :D

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:19 PM

I now have the 5D mkII as well and the 1Ds mkIII. So thats it for me.. but I also got a 100mm canon macro lens, but have been battling with it so much that I have ordered the twin head macro flash.

I wanna take some good Bug photos soon.

Hey Wild Dogger, maybe we meet in Kruger. I am working on making a trip there next week.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:45 PM

Letīs cross fingers that the weather forecastīs not coming true.
They expect heavy rainfalls and thunderstorms :D in Northern Botswana on 7th November with up to 40l/m.
Open vehicle with no roof like in Kwando does not sound like too much fun. Letīs hope & see.
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So donīt stop shaking the bottle, thereīs a lot inside.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:38 PM

Dikdik, hope you're catching up with Tony. Enjoy Kruger.

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 06:25 AM

Its arrived.. My twin Macro flash.. Guess who is going to the insect park for the weekend?

OH and Kruger trip booked and we are going. Yep, Hope to see Tony. I will bring big steak and lots of beers.

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 06:28 AM

… and lots of beers.



Yep, you've got Aussie Tony well tagged. Say G'Day!

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:35 PM

After trying several combinations of cameras and lenses I now take a Canon 30D with 24-105 lens and a 40D with 100-400 lens. I take about 40GB of compact flash cards in 16, 8 and 4GB sizes as I shoot in RAW and a back-up Hyperspace data bank. The gear travels in an ordinary LoweAlpine rucksack wrapped in clothing and I always carry a compact camera in a shirt pocket, currently a Panasonic TZ4.

I've tried travelling with padded camera bags but they take up needed space as they are rarely are usable for anything else. When at home I use a Kata 3N1-30 bag and carry more lenses, cleaning gear etc. On the expeditions I just take a Rocket blower and lots of microfibre cloths.

Oh and I carry a Garmin Oregon 300 GPS and geotag my photos.

My next camera will be a 7D but I'll wait for the price to come down a bit more.
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 10:06 PM

Oh and I carry a Garmin Oregon 300 GPS and geotag my photos.

How are your experiences with the Oregon?

During my recent trip in Zambia I met two people who had an Oregon. I found the touch screen quite nice, but one guy told me that the device is a real battery eater. The second guy had a real problem - he couldn't download his recorded tracks from the device, only waypoints. I found myself sitting in a office in the middle of the bush in front of a Vista laptop (arrrghh) trying to help. We tried to download tracks from my 60CSx and it worked, so the problem couldn't be Mapsource but must have something to do with the Oregon's firmware. We checked the web but he was using the latest software versions, and we couldn't solve the problem. I recommended him to contact Garmin Support. Did you experience any similar problems?

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 10:34 PM

How are your experiences with the Oregon?


Previously I had an eTrex Legend CX but broke the tiny on-off switch, so high on my priorities was the big button on the Oregon. As a GPS it is OK. I have dry skin so all touch screens can be a pain for me to operate, but it infinitely beats the joystick on the eTrex. The screen is clear and the sensitivity is OK but I cannot see increased accuracy in WAAS mode. I like its ability to keep tracks going when under trees or between tall buildings.

During my recent trip in Zambia I met two people who had an Oregon. I found the touch screen quite nice, but one guy told me that the device is a real battery eater.


I didn't think the battery life was so bad. I use the recommended lithium cells and they usually last a full day left on all the time. Maybe that is battery eating but it didn't seem that different from the eTrex or the 60's we used on the expeditions.

The second guy had a real problem - he couldn't download his recorded tracks from the device, only waypoints... <snip> ... Did you experience any similar problems?


Garmin are quite slow to update their software to talk to new models. I use a Mac and have never succeeded in downloading tracks from any GPS so I don't even try. I just put the GPS in mass storage device mode and manually copy the Garmin\GPX\Current\Current.gpx file that it creates. That contains all tracks and waypoints and is read by most geotagging software.
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I just put the GPS in mass storage device mode and manually copy the Garmin\GPX\Current\Current.gpx file that it creates. That contains all tracks and waypoints and is read by most geotagging software.

Great hint, thanks. I didn't know that this works on the Oregon. Will send the info to Zambia...

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 09:41 PM

To add one more to the Nikon camp...

I now use a Nikon D90 with Sigma 150-500, Tamron 18-270, Tamron 70-300 (for Macro), Nikon 18-105 kit. Planning to get a secondhand D80 so don't have to change lenses in the bush.

Would love a the Nikon 200-400 lens and 1.4 tele-conv as this combo seems to be THE Nikon setup for wildlife, but I think I'll need to win the lottery first!

Previously I used a Panny FZ18 (great bridge camera) which Mrs Whorty now uses to great effect.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:46 AM

Russell, did you get your new camera yet? How do you like it?

I have Canon. Now I use a mark2n and a 40d, 500, 300/2.8, 100-400, 70-200/2.8, 24-70, 16-35 & 10-22. The worst part is traveling alone and have to choose what to take. With the new airline/security troubles I'm not looking forward to flying at all.





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