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Junior Virtual Ranger
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Unread post by wondercloak » Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:21 pm

Before I start, can anyone advise on second-hand equipment in SA? Living in the UK for now I pick up loads of stuff but as I do all my phography back home & there seems a greater love & interest in SA, it amazes me that there doesn't seem to be the same 2nd hand infrastructure/market!?

I use:

Pentax MZ50
Pentax MZ60
Cable release
Small Pentax flash
Larger non-Pentax-dedicated flash
2x ball-head window/table clamps
Manfrotto tripod
Small extendable tripod
Polarizing filter
UV filter
2x Converter
Sigma 100-300mm Lens
Sigma Macro
Hotshoe adapter (on-camera)
Hotshoe adapter (off-camera)
Pentax 3m off-camera flash cable (connecting hotshoe adapters)

In the pipeline:

Sigma 50-500mm lens
Camo' tarp for use as a hide

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Location: Swaziland. The smallest country of the S. Hemisphere

Unread post by Jazil » Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:15 pm

At the request of bert........

Had nothing but Pentax in the past..... still have them lying around somewhere, plus lenses of all sorts of discriptions to fit them. BUT

Last year updated to and now only use:

Canon EOS 300D
Canon EFS 18 - 55 mm lense
Canon 28 - 135 mm IS lense (dont like it much) (the lense that is)
Canon 75 - 300 mm IS lense (Love it)

UV filters on all lenses

2 batteries - (dont want to be caught with a flat battery so make sure I always have a spare FULL battery with me)
Battery charger - that came with the camera

1 GB Lexar Compact Flash card (came with the camera)
1 512 MB Agfa Compact Flash card -bought in case I needed it and just in case....... have not used it yet.)

A funny khaki camera bag, which fits in everything just fine and suits me. (Not lowepro - )

No bean bag
A tripod that I think is somewhere in the cupboard, but have not seen it for ages, so maybe it was stolen too!!

Travel with my laptop so download pics every night.

Looked into buying a separate flash, but it was just too expensive at that time, and as I dont take many indoor pics thought it could wait, and then along came Loamsies wedding and I needed it BADLY.

Want to buy a converter, just not sure which one though..... having read up on them, think its more affordable to me then a bigger lense......

Advice on converters please......

Is that it bert?
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Unread post by Yvonne B. » Sun Jan 22, 2006 11:48 pm

A few minutes ago I was informed by Nico what "posted your camera kit"means.So here it is:

Two Canon EOS 300D bodies;
Both the camera's have UV-filters:
Both the camera's have a vertical grip, each having 2 battery packs;
Canon EFS 18-55 mm lense;
Canon EF 70-300 US-IS lense;
Canon EF 100-400 mm IS lense; (which is my buddy!!!)
Canon Extension Tube EF12II (macro);
Canon Remote Control;
Canon Angle Finder;
3 CF Card, Apacer Steno Pro II, 256 mb each;
Acer Laptop;
light tripod;
Special car tripod (scandinavia) in two pieces, that works great when you work with the L-lenses;

Doesn't look much, but I tell you, that my back is very painfull as I arrive in SA.
Does anyone has a good tip, how to take so much handluggage WITHOUT having trouble at the airports?
Greetings, Yvonne

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Location: Provence - France but my heart is in the bush...

Unread post by papop » Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:52 am

My cameras

-Canon Eos 300D
-Canon Eos 50

-Canon EF 28-105
-Canon EF 75-300 USM
Circular polarizer filter
Beanbag: Rice bag bought on arrival, let on departure!

My way of thinking: To enjoy my trips, not carrying too many and heavy things
I don't have a lot of technique knowledge, I just use my feeling and natural lights.
The great feeling to come back home every time I am in South Africa

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Location: Eish !

Unread post by cybeR@NGER » Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:44 pm

- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ30

- No tripod

That's all I need :wink:
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Unread post by cybeR@NGER » Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:14 pm

Okkk... one more thing: :wall:

- 1 GB Panasonic SD card.

Life is uncertain - eat your dessert first.

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Location: Belgium

Unread post by Andram » Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:44 pm

Bought some new stuff lately:

- Sigma 17-70 DC F2.8-4.5 Macro
- Sigma 50-500 HSM EX APO (what a beast!)

In addition to my:
- Canon EOS 300d

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Location: JHB ,South Africa

Unread post by BUSHBRO » Wed Mar 01, 2006 5:39 pm

Hi All,

I purchased my photography gear just before I went away in December and I found it suited my needs perfectly . Hope this helps with future choices to all.

Canon 350 D

Canon battery grip + Extra canon battery

Canon 70-200 f4 L

Canon 300 f4 L IS

Canon 1.4x Converter

2x Uv filters

Lowepro Computrekker Camera bag

Bean bag filled with polystyrene pellets(therefore not beanbag:)

2x 1GB Transcend compact flash card


Card reader

compact digital camera (for wide angles and its lighter)

Also alot of patience and luck.

Most of the time stuck to the 300 + 1.4x 0r just the 300 in bad light.

Most of the time the combination of 300+1.4x is was a bit short especially for birds and also in thick bush and grass you want to get as close as you can .

Things to buy or look at getting is the Ergorest car tripod/support with Manfrotto ball head with quick release and a wireless shutter release :)

Will post pics if i can .
Would rather drive that distance and be in the park than be at home .So you have to do what you got to do :)

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Unread post by delboysafa » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:56 pm

Newbie to Forum, Howzit going?

Canon 20D + Battery Grip

Canon 100-400mm IS L F4.5-5.6
Canon 200mm F2.8 MKII L
Canon 300mm F4 L
Canon 17-85 F4-5.6 IS
Canon 50mm F1.8
Canon 17-40mm F4 L - Currently Considering. Any thoughts?

Canon Speedlite 420 EX

Velbon Tripbod

Sandisk Ultra III 2GB Compact Flash
Sandisk Ultra II 2GB Compact Flash
Jessops 100x 1GB Compact Flash
Kingston 1GB Compact Flash

Tamrac Expedition 7 Backpack ( A beast, and so much cheaper than Lowepro)

Going to using all the above in my trip to the Kruger next month
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Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:31 pm

Canon 300D (for 1 year)
75x300 "stabilisateur" (non beens bag)
1 x 512
2 x 2 gb ultra
1 x 4 gb extrem

Nikkon coopix 4300 (for 2 years)

but not yet for fisching eagle... helas...

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Unread post by arks » Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:41 am

Canon 350D (called Rebel XT in the USA)
Canon EOS EF 18-15mm f 3.5-5.6
Canon EOS EF 75-300mm f 4-5.6 USM III

Canon ZR300 22x optical zoom

Digital Point and shoot
Canon SD300 (called Ixus in Europe and elsewhere)

3 SanDisk 1G CF cards
2 SanDisk 512M SD cards
20 Canon mini-DV videotapes

Vosonic X-drive VP6230

3 Canon NB-2LH batteries
(both DSLR and video use the same battery)
2 NB-4L (for SD300)
1 BP-2L14 (for camcorder)

bits and pieces
1 Canon battery charger for NB-2LH and BP-2L14 batteries
1 Canon battery charger for NB-4L batteries
1 12V car charger for Vosonic X-drive
1 NXe Universal Li-Ion multi-battery 12V car charger (doesn't work with NB-4L batteries)
1 EuroPlugs Universal power strip, plus UK and SA adapter plugs

Many, many thanks to all those forum members whose input has helped me to make these selections. Particular thanks for making me aware of the Vosonic X-drives, as these are almost unknown in the USA, only available through a few online retailers. I'm very impressed with the device and so are the photography pros here that I've shown it to, who had never heard of Vosonic. We all agree that overall, and most especially for the price, the X-drive is far superior to anything else available here. Don't know why it isn't more widely available.
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Re: Madach

Unread post by madach » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:37 pm

delboysafa wrote:You right, but I use both quite a lot

I enjoy the flexbility of the zoom and extra reach. I also like the fixed focal length of the 300mm F4. On the 200mm, I use the 2.8 more for 'portrait' stuff to blur out the background. A really nice fast prime lens.

Use a beanbag primarily.

What about you?

24-70mm f/2.8
70-200mm f/2.8 L IS
300mm f/2.8 L IS
20D + 30D
1.4x and 2x teleconverter
EX580 flashgun + Better Beamer
VoSonic VP3320 X's-drive
3 x SanDisk Extreme III CF's
Double beanbag
Arca-Swiss B1 ballhead + Wimberley Sidekick
Custom made window mount

The lens I use the most is the 300mm, saying that I must admit that I also used the 10-22mm a lot during my last trip. It's an awesome little lens!
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Location: not where I would like to be....

Unread post by SHARKS » Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:23 pm

Hi there!
I'm starting to feel like a freight company with all the gear I carry around!
Here it is.........
canon eos 300 with batt.pack and 28-35mm lens
canon 300D with batt.pack and 18-55mm lens
1 GB + 512 MB CF card
vosonic 40 GB imagetank
sigma 100-300 F4.5-6.7 Dl
sigma 170-500 F5-6.3 APO
canon mv 750i digicam with lots of film
ergorest carwindow mount
beanbag and tripod
canon remote
canon backpack
a pelican hardcase
canon angle viewer
several tiffen filters
and my cleaningkit with ( very important ) a can of compressed air
Still I think I sometimes could use a bigger lens, but the airlines only allow me 20kg on the plane.... :(

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Unread post by Arie » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:40 pm

Hi all,

I am a bit surprised (and disappointed) that the Nikonians are way outnumbered by the Canonians (or did I miss the only-for-nikon-users-topic? :wink: ).
Here's my list:

Nikon D200
2x Nikon D100 (my SO tells me I have to sell 1 :cry: )

Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f2.8D ED
Nikkor AF 80-200mm f2.8D ED
Nikkor AF-i 400mm f2.8D ED (6.3kg :!: )
Sigma AF EX 28-70mm f2.8 Aspherical
Tamron AF 90mm f2.8 Macro 1:1

Nikkor AF-S 1.7x Teleconverter TC-17E II

Nikon DR-6 Right angle viewfinder

Manfrotto 679B Monopod
Gitzo G2220 Tripod with G1285 ball-head

SanDisk CF-cards:
2x 2GB Extreme
3x 1GB Extreme
1x 1GB Ultra


Backup memory:
Nixvue Vista 30GB
Freecom Toughdrive 80GB

LowePro Photo Trekker Classic

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