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Travel to Africa - What to take??

 
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Feb 07, 2012 01:44 |  #1

Hi.

My wife and I are planning a trip to Africa in a few months. We want to hit the parks and try and see some wildlife.

I want to travel reasonably light so this is the reason for my questions.

I have a 40d and a few different lens. Sigma 10-20, Canon 50 1.8, Canon 17-85, Canon 70-200 f4, and the Canon 100-400.

I was thinking of just taking the sigma, 17-85 and the 100-400.

I was just reading though about the possibility of adding an extender to the 70-200.

What do you guys think of this? Would it work out ok and be lighter than the 100-400??

What would be the best options for those of you that have travelled throughout Africa?

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Feb 07, 2012 02:51 |  #2

Here is my big vote for taking the 100-400 and leaving the 70-200 at home.

I loved my travels in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda)...if you're interested you can see some of my shots here (external link)


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Feb 07, 2012 02:53 as a reply to  @ SOK's post |  #3

Hey - just realised you're in Sydney...

what a great time to travel...go the strong Aussie Dollar!!


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Feb 07, 2012 03:47 |  #4

Yellow fever, MMR, typhoid, hep A/B, tetanus vaccines, malarone and DEET. Oh, and camera gear.


"Raw" is not an acronym, abbreviation, nor a proper noun; thus, it should not be in capital letters.

  
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Feb 07, 2012 03:59 |  #5

Tony-S wrote in post #13840345 (external link)
Yellow fever, MMR, typhoid, hep A/B, tetanus vaccines, malarone and DEET. Oh, and camera gear.

Good advice that.

Interesting sig line though...

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"Raw" is not an acronym, abbreviation, nor a proper noun; thus, it should not be in capital letters.

...you do know that 'RAW' is how Canon spells it yeah? :D:p


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Feb 07, 2012 04:03 |  #6

What does it stand for?


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Feb 07, 2012 05:32 |  #7

Tony-S wrote in post #13840378 (external link)
What does it stand for?

Raw Always Works!


For the OP -

Definitely take the 100-400. An excellent safari lens. My Examples HERE (external link), HERE (external link) and HERE (external link).
Seriously consider taking a second body in case the first breaks.
Take several spare batteries.
Consider a Photo Storage Device like the Hyperdrive.


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Feb 07, 2012 07:26 |  #8

I say leave the 70-200. For wildlife, the 100-400mm is perfect and for landscape shots, either the 10-20 or 17-85 would be ideal depending on how wide you would like to go.

Also bring a tripod, if you're interested in the african night skies!


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Feb 07, 2012 22:48 |  #9

Thanks guys for the tips..

Great write up Steve. I havent really had a chance to use the 100-400 much so im hoping to use it lots over there.

In your experience is it a safe place to travel around?

I was thinking of taking my laptop with me also but i have heard stories about people saying this is not a good idea as even the hotels are dodgey and things get stolen from your room.


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Feb 07, 2012 22:48 |  #10

and one more thing...

Do you guys cary the cases along with you for the lens??


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Feb 08, 2012 08:52 |  #11

I went to Uganda last year and I had my tammy 17-35, 35L, 135L, and my 70-200L.

I used my 70-200 the most at the long end, so bringing your 100-400 will probably be the most used lens. You should bring your 50mm too. It doesn't take up too much space and it will help in low light situations (which is basically any time at night). They don't have electricity widely available.

Have fun!


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Feb 08, 2012 09:25 |  #12

dultim8 wrote in post #13846533 (external link)
and one more thing...

Do you guys cary the cases along with you for the lens??

Mine are on my bodies, so no - I don't travel with cases.




  
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Feb 08, 2012 10:18 |  #13

dultim8 wrote in post #13846533 (external link)
and one more thing...

Do you guys cary the cases along with you for the lens??

Nope. It's normal for weight limits to be fairly restrictive when travelling to or in Africa. Very often I've found myself wondering how few clothes I could get away with to make room for a bit more gear. No way are lens cases more important than underwear.


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Feb 08, 2012 10:26 |  #14

A large beanbag (beans are probably cheaper there) no room for tripods or monopods in safari buses. Never took the 150-500 Sigma off my 50D all the time I was on safari in January (Kenya).




  
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Feb 08, 2012 10:33 |  #15

P.S, the experts (research scientists in tropical diseases) I spoke to in Kenya recommended malaria treatment rather than the preventative drugs such as malarone. It's easy to get in the local chemist. Just take it at the first sign of a cold or flu whilst abroad or for two weeks after. Malarone is a nasty drug, every side effect under the sun, including diahorrea, diziness, skin reaction to bright sunlight and sickness. Cost my other half £70 and she gave up after 5 days, treatment drugs cost less than £1 locally, buy one just in case. Take lots of insect repellent and wear long sleeves and socks after dark.




  
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