A&P Need to start gathering & purchasing stuff for a South Africa trip. Suggestions?????

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  1. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    I don't think i want to buy any other lenses, so i'm just down to accessories, i suppose.

    Lenses I'm planning on bringing:
    - 24-70 f/2.8L
    - 70-200 f/4L IS
    - 10-22 f/3.5-4.5

    Other items:
    - 40D (probably a good idea)
    - 580EX II (not sure why, but why not)
    - Grip & lots of batteries
    - rocket blower
    - UV filters for each lens
    - lots of CF cards



    Now, i'm down to what else I need to get. I'm thinking:

    - Teleconverter. I think I want the 2x, but it seems everyone buys the 1.4. I understand that the 2x takes away two stops, but i would imagine (hope!) that the safari's we're going on are going to be in sunlight, so light SHOULDN'T be an issue. :dunno:
    - Monopod? I'm not set on this. I honestly don't think i'll use it. :dunno:
    - Circular Polarizer? 2 lenses are 77mm and one is 67mm, so i could just get an adapter thing for it. I assume I'll want one for outdoor shots?

    Has anyone ever been there & gone on a couple safari's? Is there anything you 'wished' you brought with you?

    I don't think i'll ever go back, so I want to make sure I bring everything I'm really going to want.

    HELP!! :)
     
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  2. xenon supra

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    moar memory

    or one of those digital cameras to ipod things.
     
  3. e.pie

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    more memory and longer glass
     
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    its south africa, not nigeria
     
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    jaydub Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

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    Swaziland is right next door, tons of AIDS there
     
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    oh yeah you'll probably want a CPL for your lenses too, dark blue skies ftw
     
  8. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Get the 1.4x converter. The 2x is not the greatest.
     
  9. Astro

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    How long will you be in Africa? How long on safari?

    I was in Tanzania for one month, two weeks spent in Dar es Salaam, a week and a half on safari, and a couple days at the base of Mount Kilamenjaro. All I had was a 35mm camera.

    If you will be on safari, try to get longer glass. Back then, I couldn't afford glass and ended up using my mom's. She had a 20mm (may have been 210mm or some where around there) and it got the job done. But now I've got the equivalent of a 450mm lens and I would love to take that setup back. If the area you are safariing in is used to animals, you will be able to get pretty close and the 200mm will do.

    I had a wide angle lens with me, and probably only used it once or twice during the trip. I could have easily left that lens at home. Granted, I don't normally shoot a lot of people shots and on this trip and I wasn't indoors much. On safari, just leave the telephoto on. You won't have time to switch lenses and capture the action.

    Know your batteries and how long they last and what kind of shape they are in. With this, you will know how many sets of spare batteries to bring, if you need to bring any.

    It also depends on the goal of your trip. If possible, travel as light as you can. It will make the trip much better (and the less you worry about your gear getting damaged or stolen).


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    (sorry for the crappy quality and color - used a cheap 35mm film scanner)
     
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  10. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    edited my original post ... i have 2x 12gb cards and a couple 4gb ones. that should be plenty for one day. :x:
     
  11. ace3

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    any idea why? seems like that extra .6 would be helpful. :dunno:
     
  12. ace3

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    :cool:

    we'll only be there for a week, only going on two safaris.

    it's actually a trip with Mutual of Omaha, so our tour guide is Peter Gros, the host of Wild Kindom :noes: , so i'm assuming he'll show us the good shit & get us up close.

    i really don't want to buy another lens, and i'm trying to talk another guy that's going with us into renting a 100-400 for his xti.

    i think the 70-200 with a 1.6x/2.0x converter would be okay?
     
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    Sounds awesome! (Wish I can go!)

    If you can deal with the crappy scan quality, here's my album of my trip: http://pathfinder.rsbauer.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=19274 (albums are numbered, but out of sequence)

    In those pics, I was able to get close in some cases, and in others, it would have been nicer to be able to get closer. I haven't played with tele-converters. I would say get one, play with it, and see if it delivers what you're looking for. Anything that will get you closer to the action/animals should help.
     
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    rent a longer lens, everything I've heard about trips to africa you'll want at least 300mm+
     
  15. CornUponCob

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    I'd really look into renting a 100-400 IS. 200mm, or 280mm just isn't going to be long enough.

    Also, if you want to take pictures of some killer sunsets or landscapes, do buy a GND filter kit. CPs are great, and I recommend one of those as well, but a GND filter kit can not be overlooked. Some people say a 3 stop hard and 2 stop gradual can be enough to get you through most situations.

    On the other hand, if you don't see yourself ever stopping and carefully composing any landscape shots, perhaps you can skip the GNDs and just get a CP.

    I own 2 Hoya Pro1 CPs (77mm for the 10-22, it does not vignette). Bought them both off ebay from Hong Kong, no problems.

    But really, I think the most important thing for you is to rent a 100-400is. 200mm or 280 just won't be long enough.

    You also might consider leaving the 24-70 at home unless you plan on taking lots of pictures of locals or street photography. The 70-200 f4 should be pretty good for that (because everybody that goes to Africa still ends up with head shots of poor people which I just don't understand.... Take a portrait of a regular person, who cares..... take a picture of a poor person and OMG YOO SHOULD BE IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OMG WTF)
     
  16. SLED

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    I'd say so. You shooting RAW?
     
  18. dmora

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    The safaris are usually in the EARLY AM or late PM. Low light will be an issue.
    Better have great high ISO performance and a fast lens.
    And a Monopod will be a must for them.


    Shoot everything raw.

    DO you have a lap top to xfer the images at the end of the day?

    If you can rent a 300mm that'd be titties on the safari pho sho.
     
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    personally I would rent a 100-400L the 70-200 wont be enough reach for wildlife even at the zoo I was wishing for more reach with it :hs:
     
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    200 * 1.6 = 320mm. :dunno:
     
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    someone said that about a GND kit before, but i wouldn't have any idea what i'd be doing with one. :dunno:

    i really don't think i want to haul a 100-400 around. plus, i did -purchase- the 70-200 ... i think i should use it. :o

    i'll look into the Hoya CP. Good call.
     
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    I just looked at the itinerary, and i didn't even think about that.

    now i'm thinking i should sell my f4IS for the f2.8IS. FUCK.

    yes, i have a laptop & bigass external drive for it.

    i don't think it's going to be dark enough to necessitate a monopod, but i'll ask those that are going.
     
  24. ace3

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    damn you all and your 100-400 recommendations! :fawk:
     
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    the 100-400 is f/4.5-5.6. fuck that for early morning/evening shooting. i suppose it does have IS, which would help...

    i still think sticking with my 70-200 should be okay with a 1.4tc

    :dunno:
     

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