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1. Posted by fiaxxx (Budding Member, 2 posts) 2 Nov '09 03:38

I am going on an overland trip down east and southern africa next year and will be visiting lots of game parks and reserves. So i was just wondering if any one had any thoughts on what camera would be best to take to get great quality shots of animals etc.
Thanks
:)

2. Posted by vizmaya (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 2 Nov '09 21:12

SLR-CANON

Vizmaya

Quoting fiaxxx

I am going on an overland trip down east and southern africa next year and will be visiting lots of game parks and reserves. So i was just wondering if any one had any thoughts on what camera would be best to take to get great quality shots of animals etc.
Thanks
:)

3. Posted by jekalo (Full Member, 118 posts) 8 Jan '10 20:20

Cannon digital SLR.
I have traveled on safari in Kenya, Tanzania, Zim, Botswana, Namabia and South Africa with several different cameras. Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and Cannon. The Cannon digital SLR was by far the best for wildlife photography. The otheres all had their good points but the Cannon was the most versitile and cost effective. I am now sold on them and don't even bother with other brands.

4. Posted by AKAmber (Budding Member, 21 posts) 25 Jan '10 16:49

I might be a little bias, but I'm a canon fan all the way! :)

I love the rebel!

5. Posted by TomBourdon (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 3 Feb '10 06:53

There really is nothing in it in terms of image quality and build. I personally shoot Canon and its great, I know how to use it and how to get the best results. In the end this is whats important, to know how the camera works and how to get the shots you want. Spend time getting used to the camera bfore you go, the last thing you want is to spot a onc in a life time shot and miss it because you dont know the camera.

I know of several pro wildlife photographers who shoot Nikon and several who shoot Canon.

Tom

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru, 1167 posts) 3 Feb '10 07:58

Olympus SLR 520 is right now the camera I use for wildlife and I'm happy with it.

7. Posted by lizwarner (Inactive, 6 posts) 22 Feb '10 20:49

Hi Jekalo, what unit are you using? :)

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[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

8. Posted by pwfcompton (Budding Member, 6 posts) 3 Apr '10 10:32

Quoting fiaxxx

I am going on an overland trip down east and southern africa next year and will be visiting lots of game parks and reserves. So i was just wondering if any one had any thoughts on what camera would be best to take to get great quality shots of animals etc.
Thanks
:)

Get a SLR if you can afford it, but go to a good camera shop and see what feels nice in your hands, all camera`s now tend to give out good results, I love Nikon, others ,love other makes, try one if you can and go with it..

9. Posted by robbwil (Budding Member, 3 posts) 10 Jun '10 20:02

You would be best served with a DSLR camera. There is little difference in the quality of Canon & Nikon cameras and both have a range of models to suit individuals budgets. The brand or model of camera is not as important as the lens selection, and it is better to cut down on the price of camera to get the lens you need.
On an African Safari you really need a 500mm telephoto lens, to get in close to the animals. I use a Sigma 50-500mm 1:4-6.3 APODG HSM telephoto lens. This lens can be bought for about US$1000, which is very cheap by comparison to most lens of this capability.
While this is a heavy lens, it is also a good allround lens that can be used for portraits, landscapes and wildlife.:)

10. Posted by Q' (Moderator, 1987 posts) 14 Jun '10 10:48

Quoting robbwil

On an African Safari you really need a 500mm telephoto lens, to get in close to the animals. I use a Sigma 50-500mm 1:4-6.3 APODG HSM telephoto lens. This lens can be bought for about US$1000, which is very cheap by comparison to most lens of this capability.
While this is a heavy lens, it is also a good allround lens that can be used for portraits, landscapes and wildlife.:)

Get a monopod for this lens. It gets heavy after a while. The latest version of this lens has optical stabilization. But that won't help with the weight of this thing.