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Unread post by MockTurtle » Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:27 am

Hi there.

Am quite new here... 'nother Canonian.

EOS Digital Rebel (300D)
EF 50mm 1.8 II
EF 17-40mm 4L
EF-S 18-55mm
EF 28-135mm IS
EF 200mm 2.8L

SLIK Tripod
CF cards etc.

Busy saving up for a 20D and 400mm 2.8 :wink:

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My Humble Kit

Unread post by NightOwl » Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:03 pm

Canon EOS 350D

Lenses & Optics
All Canon
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (kit lens)
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
EF 2x II Extender
58mm UV Filter
77mm UV Filter

Flash Accessories
Canon Speedlite EX580
Better Beamer

Gitzo 1410 Tripod (Rock Solid)
Kirk BH3 Ballhead
Arca Swiss Style Lens Plate
Panning Plate (
Snuggit bean bag (

Sandisk Extreme III CF 1GB
Apacer Photo Steno Pro II CF 1GB
Apacer Share Steno CD311 40GB
Apacer 14-in-1 Card Reader
Sandisk Compact Flash Travel Wallet

2 x Canon Batteries NB-2LH
Canon Battery Charger CB-2LTE
Power-2000 Battery Charger/Car Adapter

Bags & Accessories
Tamrac Cyberpack 8 Photo/Computer Backpack
Tamrac S.A.S. Super Utility Pocket
Tamrac M.A.S. Lens Case (medium)
Tamrac M.A.S. Padded Side Pockets (Large)
Tamrac 2 x M.A.S. Water Bottle's
Lowepro Edit120

Remote Switch RS-60E3
Cheapie Tripod (Now retired to Sony DCR330 Video Camera)
Mini Tripod
Brush Puf Puf
Lens Cleaning Wipes
Lots of Cables
Acer Travelmate 4001LCi Laptop (Belongs to my work)

The Cyberpack 8 Is my every day use bag with my laptop and camera equipment for comuting to work and back. It also doubles up as a very usefull and versatile hiking bag with all the optional attachment extras (Lens Cases make perfect holders for canned fruit/desserts :dance: ). Just leave the laptop at home and fill all the empty pockets with clothes and food :) Attach a sleeping bag with Clip-Straps and you are good to go on a Photographic Hike with all your photographic stuff strapped to your back :D
The snuggit beanbag and panning plate works perfectly for snapping from a vehicle and can be purchased from Hedrus at
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Unread post by katydownunder » Thu Sep 29, 2005 6:10 pm

I have already posted my kit earlier.

Now we got a new member of the family :wink:

I just bought a Nikon D70s (my so is now using the D70)with a
AF -S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-70 mm f/ 3,5- 4,5 G IF ED.
Moreover I ordered a new lens as well,
a Sigma DG 5.0-6.3 / 170-500 mm Nikon AF .But unfortunately I am not sure wether I will get it before our trip to Kruger as Sigma has got some delays regarding the delivery. :cry:
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Unread post by mervifwdc » Tue Oct 11, 2005 5:20 pm


A newbie here. I've been reading this site for the past week and am very impressed at the passion people show for the Park.

Anyway, on to the kit:

Canon 1dMII
24-70 ef
70-200 ef
35-350 ef
sigma 120-300
Sigma 17-35
1.4 extender

Manfroto 190 tripod
and a rice bean bag once I get there (Thanks to this list for that tip!)

few CF cards, and a 100gig storage device.


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New camera

Unread post by Jock » Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:02 am

I have just purchased a new camera. It is a Kodak EasyShare P850. It certainly is a huge improvement from my old digital camera which was pretty standard.
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Unread post by Meinfam » Tue Nov 01, 2005 2:29 pm

Greeting all around.
Between the two of us we use

Minolta Dynax 800si 35mm
Minolta 28-80 lens

Minolta Dynax 404si 35mm
Minolta 35-80 lens

Olympus superzoom 800 35mm
with 38-80 lens

Canon A510 powershot

Sigma SD10 Body
Sigma 50-500 lens
Sigma 55-200 lens
Sigma 18-50 lens

Minolta 7D Body
Sigma 70-300 af APO Macro lens
Sigma 170-500 af APO Telefoto lens

Plus the normal memory cards, (1 x 2Gig, 2 x 1 Gig & 2 x 512 MB ), UV filters, 2 Bags, 1 Tripod etc.

We tak e a laptop with us to the KNP for downloading.

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Unread post by Ollie » Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:25 pm

I tend to lug around all this kit, I must admit though that when I visit the Southern African Parks, I seem to lean towards using the longer lenses. Although in the camps I have found many opportunities to use the macro lens.

Canon EOS 20D/extended battery (Really right stuff quick release system)
Canon EOS 10D/extended battery

Canon Lenses
EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
EF 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5 USM
EF 100mm F/2.8 Macro USM

Sigma Lenses
20mm F/1.8 EX DG RF
APO 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM
APO 300mm F/2.6 EX DG HSM
APO 170-500mm F/5-6.3 RF
Sigma 1.4X Teleconverter
Sigma 2X Teleconverter

Canon Speedlite 550EX
Project-a-flash (flash extender)

Camera Storage
2 X 2 GB Lexar 80X
2 X 1 GB Lexar 80X
1 X 1 GB Micro Drive

Out of camera storage
EPSON P-2000 40Gb
PC Sony VAIO T350

Lowerpro CompuTrekker AW

Tripod/Ball Head
Kirk Window Mount
I always take a bean bag to supplement the Kirk door mount
Kirk Ball Head
Velbon carbon fiber

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We have various equip.

Unread post by lecter » Fri Nov 04, 2005 4:05 am

I was in Tanzania and Kenya this year, my rucksack is listed

Summarised as follows:-
1 x 1Ds Mark II (2 Canon Batteries, 1 x Quantum 2+2)
1 x 1D Mark II (2 Canon Batteries)
1 x Hasselblad H1 with Phase One P25 (Two batteries)
1 x 20D (Two batteries)

The Mark II’s are the main use cameras. H1 and 20D are the on the seat cameras for stuff that happens close and quickly, like a Cheetah or Leopard wandering by.

1 x Canon 600/4 IS
1 x Canon 400/2.8 IS
2 x Canon 70-200/2.8 IS
1 x Canon 24-70/2.8 IS
1 x Hasselblad 80/2.8
1 x Hasselblad 35/3.5
1 x Hasselblad 150/3.5
2 x Canon 1.4x Teleconverter (Mark II’s)
2 x Canon 2x Teleconverter (Mark I and Mark II)
1 x Hasselblad 1.7x teleconverter

For next years trip to Kruger in April, my sister and beau are coming, so they'll take my 300/2.8 and 400/4DO as well. I have a D30 lying around, but I think that can stay home. Might chuck a 5D in the mix for them, or a 350D (or its replacement)

list goes on if you talk window mounts, wimberley heads etc etc....

always a worry in customs awaiting lenses to come through ... hehe


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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:38 am

Finally I can add mine :lol:

1 x Canon EOS 350D with battergrip


1x 18 - 55 mm
1x 55 - 200 mm


1x 1Gb Sandisk Ultra II

And a camera bag :lol:

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Unread post by Mashona » Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:58 am

I have the following

Canon 10D
Canon 35-80 mm
Canon 28-105 mm
Sigma 70-300 mm
Sigma 170-500 mm
Canon cC-AF1 2 X Teleplus MC7

Manfroto tripod ( Head used as window mount )

Cable release

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Unread post by TXDrifter » Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:19 pm

I have had this camera for about 4 years and have been very happy with it, using it all over the world, but it is time to move up. So my next purchase will be a Canon Powershot S2 IS as soon as I find one on sale. :D

Olympus Camedia C-3020 Zoom
3.2 megapixels
Optical zoom 3 x
Digital zoom 2.5 x
Shooting modes Frame movie mode
Shooting programs Landscape, Night mode, Sports mode, Portrait mode
Special effects Sepia, Black & White

2 sets of 4 rechargeable Energizer AA (Usually take 4 extra disposables)
Energizer charger (takes 15 hours :( )

5 - 128 MB Smart Media Cards (169 photos per card)
4 - 84 MB Smart Media Cards ((84 photos per card)
128 MB is maximum for this camera. :cry:

Photo organizer, editing software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0

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Unread post by arks » Mon Nov 28, 2005 12:04 am

I'm presently moving from film to digital in preparation for my KNP visit in 2006. I have a few more elements to add, but here's what I've aquired so far:

Still camera
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

2 SanDisk 1G CF cards
3 Sony mini DV tapes

bits and pieces
3 Canon NB-2LH batteries
(both DSLR and video use the same battery)
1 Canon battery charger

Still to come will be some sort of storage for still pix, looking right now at a Vosonic X-drive VP6230. No US retailer seems to carry Vosonic products, but they're available from US online sites. Looks a far better option than the CoolWalker. Plus a simple point and shoot camera for wide shots, so I can keep the 75-300mm on the 350D and not have to worry about changing lenses.

Also will need more videotapes, car battery charger or better yet, one that can be used on mains or car (multicharger that works for a variety of batteries prefered if I can find one) and that is multivoltage (which I so far can't find in the US). Ditto for a power outlet strip, since I know KNP chalets don't have more than one or two outlets, but again, multivoltage power strips don't appear to exist in the USA. Can anyone recommend a good electronics shop in Cape Town??

Mucho thanks to all those forum members whose input has helped me to make these selections. I used both cameras last weekend at a wildlife reserve in Texas and am really pleased with them both !! It was great to have a chance for a pre-KNP "test run" with (moderately) wild animals :D Saw lots of sable, some cheetah, and a black rhino :tongue: Plus plenty more usual game.
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Unread post by katydownunder » Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:34 am

katydownunder wrote:Ok, I already got quite a few Cameras :wink: .

I have started with a

Canon AE 1
I bought that one as a used Camera around 1988.

Lenses: Canon Zoom Lens FD 75-200 mm/ 1:4,5
Canon Zoom Lens FD 35-70 mm /1: 3,5-4,5
Canon Lens FD 28 mm/ 1:2.8
Canon Lens FD 50 mm/ 1:1,4 S.S.C.
Canon Speedlite 155A

Still got that one and still love it very much , as it was my first SLR Camera.
But travelling to Namibia and starting with Wildlife photography made me think that the Camera was not the right Camera anymore.

So I bought ( after our Namibia holiday November 2002) a :

Minolta Dynax 5

Lenses: Minolta AF Zoom A 28-80 mm / 3,5-5,6 D
Minolta AF Zoom A 75-300 MM / 4,5-5,6 D
( I just sold that one a couple of months ago)

Quite shortly after that I had a :

Nikon F 80 , a very nice and well build Camera.

Lenses: Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80 mm/ 1:3,3-5,6 G
Nikon Af Nikkor 70-300 mm/ 1: 4-5,6 G

After discovering that I just did use toooooo many films :cam: I switched ( very recent) to the :

Nikon D 70 DSLR which is quite similar to the F80.

I use it with the same lenses as the F80.I still travel with the F 80 because I just do not feel very confortable while travelling with just one camera ( and at the moment I cannot afford a second DSLR Body :( ).(One of my AE 1 bodies just broke down on a perfect day on 90 mile Beach in New Zealand :evil: :doh: ).
I am still surprised about the results I got with the new DSLR.
I have got two 2 GB Compact Flash Cards and use a Vosonic
X-drive Pro 3310 80 GB ,as backup during my travels.
I am using a Vanguard VT-432 Tripod and just made a Beanbag for Kruger….
Moreover I always carry my Steiner Safari Binoculars 10x 26.
The last two Cameras are the ones I travel with.I already used them during our holidays in Namibia , Botswana and Zimbabwe November 2004 and in South Africa May 2005.
You can see the results on my flickr page ( the pics of May 2005 will come shortly, Addo already arrived,also see forum sightings and Public Picture Gallery)

I hope this will be of use .
So enjoy wildlife and Photography. :wink:

Updating my kit:
As I said before I am now owning a:
Nikon D70s (my so is now using the D70)with a
AF -S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-70 mm f/ 3,5- 4,5 G IF ED.
My SO is using the Nikon D 70.
Still using the Nikon Af Nikkor 70-300 mm/ 1: 4-5,6 G
And finally my new Sigma DG 5.0-6.3 / 170-500 mm Nikon AF arrived during our holidays in Kruger, so now I am just waiting for the right occasion to test the new '' toy''. :wink:

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Unread post by TheronFamily » Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:20 pm

N(ee)kon D50 - c'mon, well all know its NOT a N(igh) kon ;-)
Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 AF
Sigma 55-200mm DC f/4-5.6
An IT's NEVER LONG ENOUGH Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF

el Cheapo tripod

Sandisk 1gb Ultra II SD card.
256mb SD Card
A broken Oly C750 Ultra Zoom - don't ask!

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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Thu Dec 22, 2005 11:29 am


- Canon EOS 350D

- Canon 18 - 55 mm
- Canon 55 - 200 mm
- Sigma 170 - 500 mm APO DG

- 1Gb Sandisk Ultra II

- Battery Grip
- Vanguard camera bag
- Vanguard MK4 Tripod
- Circular Polarizer Filter (..but I'm not supposed to know yet? :wink: )

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