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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:59 am 
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same like UKB... bring 100-400 and 18-200

for the beans bag, you can reduce a pillow-case (about 25x15cm) and fill it with rice (2kg for mine) just before enter the park.
there is adaptators (electric socket) in all shops in Kruger, very cheap :D

PS I bring a laptop + an external hard drive... in case :?

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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The tripod can be used for night photography and some landscaping (in camps and getout spots)
But otherwise you wont use it much

Get some cheap shower caps to cover the lens.
Easy to remove and cheap
Can get a bit dusty.
And the 100-400 is perfect for wildlife/landscape

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:25 pm 
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Thank you for all the great suggestions!

You're right. I should bring both bodies with me. I'm a little worried about the extra luggage, (with 4 adults and luggage in one car.) But, more importatnly I don't want to miss a great shot.

You helped me to decide to rent the 100-400 for the trip. But, I'm still considering buying my own smaller telephoto for home use before I go (what if the rental lens "hand-off" in the J'Burg airport doesn't happen? I'll be on safari with only an 18-200... ARGH!)

So, I was wondering you guys felt like the optics with the canon lenses really is worth the big price difference over tamron or sigma?? Any suggestions for a decent all-round 70-300? Obvisouly I'm a novice (but a VERY EXCITED novice!!)

I will add a bean bag to my purchase list for later today. And, I'll take a look at hard drives (I've never migrated stiff directly to a hard drive. I've always had a computer to interface with. I will need to figure out how to do that...

Thank you, thak you!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:48 pm 
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Hello eventr;

As others have said; the 100-400 is pretty well the ideal Kruger lens; I have mine permanently attached to one body!

I haven't used one, but I know of a number of experienced photographers who do... the new Canon 70-300L IS gets fantastic reviews... but it's almost as expensive as the 100-400, and gets you nothing more in terms of aperture or speed (it's much newer technology of course...), so if you have the choice, my advice would be to get the 100-400! You won't be dissapointed.

Good glass will last you a lifetime; get the best you can!

As for laptops/backup hard-drives; if weight & baggage transportation is a problem, (as it is for most long-haul travellers) don't bother! If you're going to take one anyway, that's fine, but I never do - anywhere, anytime, and haven't run into any problems to date!

I do though use multiple 4Gb & 8Gb cards; never a single big-card, and I make sure they are stored safely in a handy-dandy pouch like this one here; http://www.speedgraphic.co.uk/card_stor ... 233_p.html

Using a series of smaller cards minimises the (remote) risk of card-failure.

Hope that helps...


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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And, I'll take a look at hard drives (I've never migrated stiff directly to a hard drive. I've always had a computer to interface with. I will need to figure out how to do that...
I migrated fist on the laptop, then from the laptop to an external hard drive :wink:

my nephew has a 100 (or less, maybe 50???)-500 Sigma... the lens are "much more less good" than the 100-400 of Canon :?

"beaucoup moins bon" in French... sorry :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:51 pm 
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THANK YOU for all of your suggestions. It has been invaluable!! I'm REALLY getting stoked now!

My updated kit (once things arrive from my online orders today...)

Canon Rebel XTi - w/ Tamron 18-200 (w/ filters)
Canon Rebel T1i - w/ rented Canon L series 100-400 (YEA!!)
2 Batteries per body
Memory cards total 40GB per body
Travel Tripod
1 Double Bean Bag
1 plan to fill a pillowcase as a secondary beanbag for smaller setup - Thanks for the idea Ann-Marie!
1 Lowenpro camera bag for each setup
Cleaning Supplies

Still Need:
Shower Caps to cover lenses - Thanks for the tip Bert!
Electrical Strip and Outlet Adapter

Remining ??: Separate Canon Speedlite Flash (should I bother to carry this along??)

Now, I'm gonna get out of the house and go shooting. I haven't kept up my skills the last couple of years. There are so many (beachy) distractions where I live in Florida...


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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eventr wrote:
Remining ??: Separate Canon Speedlite Flash (should I bother to carry this along??)


Ideally - yes. For low-light shots it will help a great deal. The on-board pop-up flashes don't have that much reach...

If you are planning on a sunset or night drive, you may also want to look at getting a 'Better Beamer' flash extender. They look clumsy, but work great. Using one I lit up a leopard that was at least 50' into the bush with ease! See here;
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Nt ... yes&sts=ta

Cheers...


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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Here is a tip for myself really, showing what a sad addict I am. :(


I’m always so concentrating on photos of the wildlife, that I forget to bring back photos of the people we meet!!


I always regret this badly, but somehow never quite remember at the time. :redface:


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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Oh I can so relate UK Badger, that's why I always give my wife my old Canon 50D with an 18 - 200 lens. Keeps me out of trouble.


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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To note, my kit which includes

EOS7D
Canon 15-85mm IS Lens

has now been upgraded to include these items too;

Lowepro Vertex 200AW
Canon 600EX-RT Flash
Canon 70-300mm L IS Lens
Sigma 10-20mm
Sigma 50mm - for portraits with Lions :roll: :pray:
Manfrotto Tripod
Extra filters etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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Hi AnimalMad

Congrats on new kit :thumbs_up:

How are you going to store all those thousands of photos? If you are not taking a laptop, you will definitely need a portable hard disk down loader------------------ or two!!

The 7D eats HD space, I filled up my 80gb disk by 2/3 through the last trip and had to rely on my 160 drive as the only copy, :big_eyes: scary.

There are quite a few on the market and this is one of them.
[ Mine is the old model! ]

Nexto ND2730 is great but I need too sets of glasses on to see the tiny screen!! :wall:

You have a tripod, but for Kruger for example, a good double BEENBAG is ABSOLUTELY ESENTIAL.

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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Hi guys,

So I am updating my photography kit.

I used to have the Canon 40D, buy just bought a Canon 7D.

lenses are still the same:

Canon 200mm F2.8 MKI L
Canon 300mm F4 IS USM L
Canon 50mm F1.8
Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro
Tokian 20-35mm 3.5-5.6
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO DG

All of the above are in a National Geographic shoulder bag (squeezed in as I have run out of space) :)

going to put the 7D to the test when I am in Kruger next week :)


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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I took only one camera body on a recent trip to the Kruger, only to have it jam on me and no back up within 500km as I sat next to a superb bird showing...

I got the pics with my iPhone, but they were pathetic compared to what I was seeing TTL. :redface:

Never take a single body if you have a second... :rtm:

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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I was lucky my faithfull 30D stopped working last week. I'm going to KNP next week so I had to make a plan. Reparing - nobody knows how long. So yesterday my creditcard took a knock , but I now have a 60D that I have to learn to use.

Fortunately the digital age makes that much easier.

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