Everytime I head out on my Safari, the what camera and lens to take itch starts. When you follow some awesome photographers you can’t help but want to come back with those amazing pictures. Those captures where you can see every lion whisker or see the feathers on a flying bird crystal clearly. I aspire to be like them.
But I have to remember that is their passion. Their job. They have high-end camera equipments and are prepared to carry the heavy weight lenses in special bags. They may sell those pictures or publish articles. Or maybe they just really love photography and the camera and lens is part of the enjoyment. Some of my professional photographer clients have bought two seats to accommodate their camera gear.
I am a hobbyist photographer. I shoot mostly in auto and play a bit with the custom settings. I love good pictures but the weight of the lens and length size is a factor. I am going to suggest what I am taking on my upcoming Safari.
Another thing that I have learnt in the many years of going on a Safari. Rent. Camera equipment is expensive. The only time I get the itch to get new lens or camera is when I am heading out for a Safari. I have found a local Houston renter called the Photo Rental Source that I use. They ship around the US. Some other reputable dealers are BorrowLenses and Lens Rental.
In my camera bag, which is my bag-pack with a camera insert, I am going to carry ::
– My old body was a Canon T3i. I currently have a Canon 70D.
– I really enjoyed using the 70 – 300 mm f4-5.6 L IS and I am sticking with the lens. I like the photographs I get with this camera. The other option I am always considering is the 100 – 400 mm f4-5.6 L but I always do some walking and this lens is heavy. Check it out. Someday I may take the leap. I know most pros like prime lens. Love what they get with those large lens.
– For taking pictures of the lodges and when I do my walking like in Serengeti, I enjoyed using the 24-105 mm f4 IS. It was easy on my back for the whole day walking. I know pros go between this and the 24-70 mm f2.8.
– My Canon Powershot or any small camera for tight squeezes like when I was co-piloting.
– And the IPhone – always handy.
My accessories ::
– Camera cleaning kits. A good cleanup end of the day is a good idea.
– Battery charger.
– Converter for the prongs. Most of the chargers are 110-240 V but the prongs vary. I have this one that I got from Amazon and it was quite handy.
– 2-3 batteries.
Our vehicles have charging stations which makes it easy to always have a spare ready. Evenings at the lodges are also a good time to recharge.
– 2 -3 memory cards. Adjust size and quantity depending on your length of Safari and how much you like to take. Normally you average 400-600 per day. But I know people who take more. Make sure you get a fast speed card. Nothing more frustration then taking an action shot and your card has to ‘think’.
That should be it. I hope this gives you a starting guideline on camera and lens gear for your Safari with Journey To Africa.
But whatever you buy or borrow, make sure you use it before your Safari to practice and make sure it works. I don't even want to imagine being on Safari and something not working.
Deep breath. Ommmmm!
And then, please do email and share your photographs. I love seeing what you have seen.
Tag it #JourneyToAfricaSafari.