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mikef
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by mikef » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:42 pm

AnimalMad wrote:After much deliberation i can announce the long awaited kit update from a Power shot

Canon EOS7D
Canon 15-85mm IS USM Lens
Various filters
Lowepro TLZ case

Also could someone suggest a suitable telephoto lens of 70- 200 or 70 - 300mm for my kit and would you need to stay with Canon for a flash unit?

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Congratulations on a great kit - I hope it gives you a lot of enjoyment (just make sure you make lots of photos) :)

As regards the two telephoto zooms you mention - the 70-200 is currently available new in 5 different models and the 70-300 in 3 different models ranging in price from about R6000 to R24000 but are all (specially the L models) fantastic lenses. However, for wildlife photography in the KNP I would fully support DQ's recommendation of the 100-400 as an extremely versatile lens with a bit more reach than the models above while retaining good IQ.

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Steve T » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:18 pm

Long time reader first time poster

I've just upgraded from a Panasonic Lumix FZ50 (which got me some great pictures in KNP last August) to a

Nikon D7000

18-105 VR lens
70-300 4.5-5.6 G AF-S lens

and saving up for a

Sigma 150-500 for a bit of extra reach.


cheers

Steve

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:28 pm

As a Canon fan with the 100-400 I am not too happy with Sigma lenses.
Their quality is not constant, a complaint often heard, and the are slow, both in light and in focussing.

However, have a look at this discussion: http://www.flickr.com/groups/sigma_lens ... 856524096/
Not posting much here anymore, but the photo's you can follow here There is plenty there.

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by ctv4 » Wed May 30, 2012 9:42 am

BODIES:
Nikon D200 with multi power pack and grip
Nikon D90 with multi power pack and grip

Lenses:
Nikon 17-55mm f2.8
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8
Nikon 300mm f4
Sigma 400mm f5.6
Sigma 1000mm f8
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by brogan » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:10 am

Hey guys, one other thing you guys can look at doing if you are not able to afford a prime (i am doing the same thing), is to rent a lens :) ODP, www.alensforhire.co.za, its cheap :) I am only renting a 1.4 TC for my 300m F4 for my trip to Kruger second week of July. But there is a variety of lenses you can rent, from EFS right up to EF 600 L lenses :) as well as bodies....this is a good way to use a lens you want to buy before jumping into it :)

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by brogan » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:19 am

mikef wrote:
AnimalMad wrote:After much deliberation i can announce the long awaited kit update from a Power shot

Canon EOS7D
Canon 15-85mm IS USM Lens
Various filters
Lowepro TLZ case

Also could someone suggest a suitable telephoto lens of 70- 200 or 70 - 300mm for my kit and would you need to stay with Canon for a flash unit?

Canon Rocks - :dance:


When you say 5 lenses in the 70-200 range, you are refering to the 2 X F4's and the 2 X2.8 with the IS version haveing mark I and Mark II right?

Congratulations on a great kit - I hope it gives you a lot of enjoyment (just make sure you make lots of photos) :)

As regards the two telephoto zooms you mention - the 70-200 is currently available new in 5 different models and the 70-300 in 3 different models ranging in price from about R6000 to R24000 but are all (specially the L models) fantastic lenses. However, for wildlife photography in the KNP I would fully support DQ's recommendation of the 100-400 as an extremely versatile lens with a bit more reach than the models above while retaining good IQ.


When you say 5 lenses in the 70-200 range, you are refering to the 2 X F4's and the 2 X2.8 with the IS version haveing mark I and Mark II right?

My father has owned the 100-400 L for a few years now (thinks its about 4 years) and he has never had a problem with it at all. i have used it myself and it is an amazing lenses: versatile with the zoom range, IS is good, image quality is, as all L lenses are, very very good, only problem I have with it is the focusing time, but this is to be expected with such a huge focal range.

I prefer the primes to zooms, (even though i am looking for a secong hand 70-200 F4) as the image quality is just unbeatable. As stated before i have 200 f2.8 , 300 f4 , and a 90 f2.8. one of the other things I like about primes are that you have to think about how you are going to take the picture, in my eyes, it is how photography should be, a bit of a challenge but amazing good fun at the same time. not just zoom out a bit and shoot. anyone can do that:):)

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by HermanPienaar » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:25 am

Nikon D3100
15-55 mm Nikor lens
55-300 mm Nikor zoomlens
150-500 mm Sigma Telephoto lens
Some filters, tripod and bean bag

With these 3 lenses I can photograph almost anything at excelent quality.
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by vinkie » Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:48 pm

Recent upgrade to 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

Upgrade:

Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX APO DG HSM (going to test run tomorrow morning...hunting with the cam)
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by brogan » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:13 pm

Soon to be upgrading to a 7D from a 40 D

Canon 200mm F2.8
Canon 300mm F4 IS
Canon 100mm-300mm F5.6
Tokina 20mm-35mm 3.5-5.6
Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro

Cant wait till I can get the 7D :):)

*Hijack : if anyone on this site has and wants to sell the Canon 80mm-200mm F2.8 L , or Canno 50-200 3.5-5.6 L...please PM me :):) Hijack*

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by MikeGoss2011 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:26 am

Sorry, couldn't find my original post so here is a new one with my upgrades

Sony a350 body mated to a Sony 70-499G Telezoom

Sony a350 body mated to a Sony DT 18-250 Zoom

Sony 75-3004.5/5.6 Macro/Zoom

Sony HVL43 Flash Unit

Various other filters, card, tripod, spare batteries et al

Cheers

Mike Goss

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by eventr » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:03 pm

Kit Questions:

Sorry there are so many questions! This is a DREAM vacation and I wanna get it right. Whatever guidance you can provide is appreciated!!

1. Not sure which body I'm bringing yet. (I planned to research and buy a new body before this trip, but I ran out of time...) I have a few hours here and there over the next week to mess around before coming to SA. Would you bring your trusty old body or try to learn the new one in a hurry?

Choices:
Canon Rebel XTi - I know this well-worn camera
Canon Rebel T1i - We use this at our optical shop for retinal photos, but have NEVER used it in real life. I don't know the buttons or menus, but it has a video function

2. Current Lens: Tamron 18-200, with (uv, polorizing and warming filters as needed).

3. New Lens, my old telephoto died a tragic death... I want to buy a 70-300. I know I need a new lens with a longer reach than my day-to-day lens (above). I'm to decide on the Sigma, Canon or Tamron. I have loved my Tamrons in the past.

4. Lens Rental: BUT - - For this trip, I'm seriously considering renting a 100-400. I'm unlikely to need one of my own again for several years... And for around $180 US I can use it during my stay in Kruger. What do you think??

Misc:
Extra batteries & memory cards, cleaning cloths, plus I have a fabulous little Olympus 770SW waterproof camera to use while on the western cape beaches!
5. Separate Canon flash (should I bother to carry this along??)
6. Tripod (Is this worth the hassle?? It sounds like we can't get out of our cars at all.)

Thank you, thank you!!

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by UKbadger » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:51 am

Hi eventr,
You have very little time, so I’m going to advise very strongly and bluntly!! :thumbs_up:

Bring the 100-400 5.6 L IS Canon, without spending a shed full of money, it is simply the best for Kruger. $180 is not much compared with the cost of getting there! :wink:

You will need your 18-200 for the wider shots and you will not want to change lenses when that leopard is walking towards you, so bring both bodies.

A been bag for the car window is absolutely essential, get one that has 2 inner bags so that it settles over the window when it’s raised 2 inches. Take it unfilled and fill it when you get there. This is the one I use
http://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies.co. ... ags_1.html

If you are staying for more than a couple of days you will need a laptop or Portable Hard Drive to store your photos. Evan multiple cards are unlikely to store enough photos if you get lucky with your sightings!

We always take a short extension lead with an SA adapter input and 4 outputs, for all those battery, phone, laptop ---- chargers, as most Kruger accommodation has only one electric socket.

Get your Kit together quickly, then get out and practice with your cameras/lenses, then practice some more. You will definitely not want to be fiddling with the settings when the chance of a lifetime is playing out before you.

Have a great, great time!

UKB

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:59 am

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by bert » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:45 am

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by eventr » Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:25 pm

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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