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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by EOS_User » Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:48 pm

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by eventr » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:51 pm

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by EOS_User » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:18 am

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by AnimalMad » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:31 am

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by brogan » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:14 pm

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Sky » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:56 pm

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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Unread post by vinkie » Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:22 pm

I have recently upgraded our kit, Apex Predator can also take some nice pictures now 8)

My kit:

Nikon D7000
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX APO DG HSM

Recent Upgrade:

Nikon D90
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED


Now that I have a second body I can keep the Sigma 500mm fitted on the D7000 and avoid dust :twisted:
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Our 2013 Trip Report: Vinkie and Apex Predator back in the bushveld

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by onewithnature » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:22 pm

Since I do know a fair bit about photography, I'm fully aware that we're not in the same league as the kits on this parade. However, we'd (SO and I) like to ask the experts about an entry-level DSLR that is currently on special:
Would anyone consider the following specs as value-for-money for an entry-level DSLR, or do you think it is best to save up for a couple of years and then spend more?

Canon EOS 1100D
12MegaPixels
75-300mm lens
2.7 LCD screen
HD movie mode

At the moment we have a Nikon CoolPix P90, 12MegaPixels, 24x Optical Zoom Wide.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Franconel » Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:33 pm

Hi OWN

Have a look at this website. As a "loyal" Canon owner I find that it gives a lot of useful information:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/

I would rather go for the next level (XXXD series, for instance the 550D/600D/650D), I have a Canon 7D but use the 550D which has been on the market for a few years already as a second camera and with both a 70-200mm f.4 zoom lens and a 300mm f.4 lens it gives very good results.

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by timbo » Tue May 14, 2013 1:12 am

[quote="onewithnature"][color=#4000FF]Thank you, Franconel. :clap: That website is indeed excellent for perusing for info. Thanks also for the advice; we actually looked at some higher models and decided that it would be better to spend an additional 2-3K and get more megapixels and a few other features. The problem is, I suppose, that it is pretty much a neverending obsession for, each new model brings advances that accelerate the scope of the serious photographer. So, greater and greater money outlays to get the absolute best. However, DSLR's are the way forward for us - especially for wildlife - and we will be purchasing in a little while. Now to get that savings account going ... :hmz: [/color][/quote]

Hey OWN.

Perhaps look at getting a 600D body, 18 megapixels with 3.7frames ef second.

I use a 550D body as my main body and find it perfectly good. Will upgrade sometime in the future though but the body does what i need it to do.

Also look at the 650d which has a slightly higher frame rate at 5 frames per second.

The 600d you can pick up in twin lens bundles for around R8000 and I don't think you would be upset with the quality. Also does full hd video
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Scottm » Wed May 15, 2013 12:21 pm

For those Canon fans out there, Canon have recently announced ther competitor to the Nikon 200-400 f4 VR, which comes with a built-in 1.4x converter. Downside is the price at $11,799US :big_eyes:

Have a look for some further insight http://photographylife.com/canon-ef-200-400mm-f4l-announcement
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by brogan » Thu May 16, 2013 11:14 am

Hi Guys,

Regarding shutter counting. It is almost impossible now to accurately say how many actuations have been taken. This is because of the video function a lot of the newer models have. My father has a 7D and had to replace the shutter after +/-60 000 actuations. this after taking it to Cameratek in Randburg. I know myself that this is very accurate as my father does not use the video function. The older cameras (40D 50D , etc) you can download a program that can scan your camera and tell you everything about your camera, from actuations to the serial number etc.

Just research on google for your particular model and you should fine programs.

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by timbo » Thu May 16, 2013 8:33 pm

yeah brogan

canon dont offer the count on their lower end models but I think they do in the 7D. just check in the manual.

Shutters have an expected life expectancy, they can go at any time or last a life time. just get your camera serviced every now and then and it may prolong the life of your camera and shutter.

eg. canon 5d mark 2 has a expected shutter count of around 150 000, but there are bodies out there that have taken closer to 300 000 or more
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by brogan » Thu May 30, 2013 11:25 am

Hi Timbo,

I found a app that can tell you how many actuation are on a few models like the 30D , 40D and 50D (I had the 30D and 40D) , as well as a separate app for the 350D. not sure about the rest. if you take it to cameratek they can tell you exactly how many shots you have taken on any model. i just recently sold a 20D which i had for a year. the guy that bought it off me took it to cameratek and they told him the shutter count was 200 000!!!! on a 20D. well done.

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by timbo » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:16 pm

brogan wrote:Hi Timbo,

I found a app that can tell you how many actuation are on a few models like the 30D , 40D and 50D (I had the 30D and 40D) , as well as a separate app for the 350D. not sure about the rest. if you take it to cameratek they can tell you exactly how many shots you have taken on any model. i just recently sold a 20D which i had for a year. the guy that bought it off me took it to cameratek and they told him the shutter count was 200 000!!!! on a 20D. well done.



Yeah the expected life expectancy of a shutter is generally the minimum number of actuation's a shutter should take but there are many with more then that.

brogan, could you send me the links to that app?
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