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 Post subject: What are your top 5 tips for a first time Kruger shooter?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:08 pm 
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Hi All!
I am excited to be making my first trip to Kruger early next month an am hoping to get some shots half as good as some that I have seen here :D

I am a serious amateur still photographer and am hoping for advice on a couple of things.

First, I am thinking to rent a lens to take on my trip. I currently own a Canon 60D with the following lenses:
Sigma 10-20
Canon 24-105L f4
Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 VC
I am looking at the Canon 100-400 but am wondering if I gain much over my Tamron telephoto - not much in speed but I am thinking that extra 100mm will be nice to have. Any other thoughts? I like to travel relatively light (as light as us photographers can 8) ) and am concerned about taking anything too huge but since this will probably be the only time I get to Kruger, I want to make the most of it.

Second, if you seasoned veterans out there could give me your top 5 tips to getting good shots (I have read some like resting the lens on a bean bag on the car window, etc.) it would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!


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Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:33 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 tips for a first time Kruger shooter
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Hi Ima,

I haven't been to the Kruger much yet, but from visiting other parks and areas I would say if you can rent the 400mm lens, go for it. You are forever going to wonder while you are in the park what a difference it would have made. An extra 100mm does help, for sure. :thumbs_up:

- My nr.1 tip would be PATIENCE.
- Take it slow and observe a lot.
- Bean bag yes, especially if you are going to use the 400mm lens.
- Ensure a fast shutter speed at all times - no use comming upon some action on a cloudy day and you are caught out with a slow shutter speed.
- Know your gear well, if situations change and you need to adjust, know your gear well enough to make those changes quickly.

I can add more, but you only asked for 5. :D

PS: One extra tip - I know Impala are like McDonalds in the Kruger, but don't discard taking photos of "common" animals, sometimes they get up to the craziest things or pose in such a way that that may be your best photo of the trip! :thumbs_up:

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Hi Ima, this might be your first trip to Kruger, but I bet it will not be the last! :D You will never be able to stay away! I cannot give you any tips on photographic material, since I am an amateur myself. Previously I have used a 350 mm lens, and found that I need more. My husband bought me a 500 mm lens with my K7 Pentax, and I am going to practice in the garden the whole of August, so that I could be ready by 10 September for our next visit.
As Switchback said, patience is definitely a no. 1 tip, and a bean bag will definitely help with the heavy lens.
Enjoy, I am also looking forward to your TR and pictures! :thumbs_up:

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Hi Ima,

Good advice given, a couple of years ago I too, thought that I'd only be doing one trip to Kruger, now I'm about to start my second trip and this time to KTP and KNP.
I hired a 600mm lens last time I was there and didn't regret it one little bit, so if you can get that, or a 500 you won't look back, I was so impressed with the 600 I saved hard and managed to buy one - my challenge is to now get it safely thru the miriad of airports and check-in counters !
Other advice regarding photography:
Obvioulsy drive with the windows down.
Listen and look, I find it doesn't get long to get tuned to the bush.
Seek out the small things, small birds and mammals, the larger animals then will come automatically.
If you do get a large lens I found velcoing a 4" wide piece of light rubber around the outside
of the lens, means you can pick it up and instantly rest it on the door frame, I did try with a
strip along the frame but it either blew off when moving and /or was a bit cumbersome when
you need to act quickly to take a photo.
Above all enjoy being out there with nature, enjoy taking all the photos you can...it always makes me smile !!


All the best for your trip when it comes...

Regards....Andy

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 tips for a first time Kruger shooter
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lma1016 wrote:
First, I am thinking to rent a lens to take on my trip. I currently own a Canon 60D with the following lenses:
Sigma 10-20
Canon 24-105L f4
Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 VC
I am looking at the Canon 100-400 but am wondering if I gain much over my Tamron telephoto -

The 100-400 has another advantage, it is faster with the focus. So if you can, then yes, bring one.

Missing in the list: beanbag! That is a very important item, as is a remote.

Have you got a sensor cleaning kit? You'll need it.
Have you got a backup camera? That saves dust on the sensor, and if a camera stops working you can still make photos. (I have had 2 cameras conking out on me, the corrugated roads are not great for cameras.)

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DuQues....do you use your remote often? Never thought of using mine in Kruger. :hmz:

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If it is a sighting of a mammal yes. They are usually docile, and stay in their place. Birds are quite a different story, so I often just make sure that 1/<length of lens> is near my shuttertime.

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DuQues wrote:
I often just make sure that 1/<length of lens> is near my shuttertime.
Image

Can you explain that in english? :lol:

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Yep. It is a simple little rule which allows you to shoot handheld without introducing user jitter.
If you use a 200 mm lens and you want to have a clear sharp photo you will need a shuttertime faster than (in this case) 1/200, so on most cameras 1/250.

Now you should remember that on a cropcamera, which most of us have, the actual length of the lens will be longer. On my cameras that 200 mm lens would be 200 x 1.6 (cropfactor) = 320 mm. So a shuttertime of 1/500 is the best choice.

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So a 300mm would be 300 x 1.6 = 480mm...am I right? And the best shutterttime? Also 1/500 or more?

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Thanks...will remember that! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 tips for a first time Kruger shooter
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:49 pm 
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Hi DuQues

How does the f-stop influence this rule regarding the 1.6?

If I have a 300mm and I use 1.6 = 480mm so my shutter speed is 1/500 yes? What is the best f-stop for this setting or does it depend on the light conditions etc?

Dare I bring ISO into this?


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