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Camera and Lens on a Bushwalk 

Unread post by flying cheetah » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:15 pm

I like to do bush walks when I'm in Kruger but whenever I get close to a walk the same question occurs. What lense should I take with me :hmz: For me there are 4 main options:

1. take the Macro lense
2. take the wide-angle lense for landscape pics
3. take both of them (but the experience shows that I normally don't change the lense during a walk)
4. take no camera at all with me and just enjoy the experiences of the walk

The lense with the good zoom is no option for me because I think it's too heavy and you usually don't get into situations where you really miss it. How do you handle this "problem"?
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Re: lense on a walk

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:15 am

Easy. I threw out my all too irritating strap that came with the camera. You know, the one that keeps slipping off your shoulder.
Instead I bought myself one of these with the Bryce pocket. (Came as a special, so the pocket was free.)
In that pocket I have an extra card, a spare lighter and my Canon 500D close up lens.
That way I have my 3 kilo setup of 7D with grip and 100-400 comfortably on my back, but ready for anything, and I can still photograph the small things. This works like a charm, in the weekends we often walk for over 5 hours and I almost forget I have a camera on me.
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Re: lense on a walk

Unread post by JDW » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:32 pm

Thinking outside of the box.
Choosing and changing lenses whilst under pressure is never easy.
Consider using one of the better quality bridge cameras with a good zoom from about 18mm to 450mm.
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Re: lense on a walk

Unread post by adrianp » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:57 pm

That's a tough choice. I carry around a 7D with 400mm lens, and there are times when the going is tough, the light is terrible and there is nothing to take pictures of anyway, and i wish the heavy beast away. Then there are days when the malachite kingfisher sits 3m away from you and you think thank goodness i brought the machine with, and you blow the perfect image up on canvas and frame it in your living room, and the beast feels like as a feather.

With a bridge, its a small irritation to carry when there is nothing much to shoot, but when the perfect opportunity comes round, you will wish for 8 fps a 18MP with L glass and kick yourself for forgetting the beast at home.

I think a good option is to bring the beast, plus a light standard to wide prime with a 25mm extension tube for macro. The 50mm f1.8 28mm f2.8 or 40mm f2.8 pancake will do the job for portraits, campfire snaps, flowers, lanscapes and some macro.

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Re: lense on a walk

Unread post by brogan » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:17 pm

The Canon 100-400 is the best walk-about lens. If you are a Nikon user the 80-400 or the 200-400 if you can handle the cost and weight.

I walk around with a 7D, 300mm f4 , 1.4TC, and a 055Xprob Manfrotto Tripod with a 498RC2 ball head. so I don’t pack light, but i want the best photos and the compromise would be a sore back and neck. But that’s just an excuse to get the girlfriend to massage me :) works like a dream!!!

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