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Aug 25, 2021 12:32:52   #
Pbrawley Loc: New Jersey
 
Hello everyone!

I am new to this page and excited to interact with what looks like very experienced photographers. I come from the age of "old school" work. film and many hours in the dark room. I have turned to digital but cannot get the same passion as I did with film work. I am planning a trip to Africa and I want to make this an adventure I wont forget. And I want to make sure I have the right photo equipment.

I welcome any and all suggestions and examples from someone who has done photo safari's as well.

I look forward to your input.

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Aug 25, 2021 12:47:06   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Welcome to the forum.

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Aug 25, 2021 14:10:26   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Welcome. Haven't been to Africa so I can't help with that. Have fun.

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Aug 25, 2021 14:55:05   #
Wallen Loc: Middle East
 
Pbrawley wrote:
Hello everyone!

I am new to this page and excited to interact with what looks like very experienced photographers. I come from the age of "old school" work. film and many hours in the dark room. I have turned to digital but cannot get the same passion as I did with film work. I am planning a trip to Africa and I want to make this an adventure I wont forget. And I want to make sure I have the right photo equipment.

I welcome any and all suggestions and examples from someone who has done photo safari's as well.

I look forward to your input.
Hello everyone! br br I am new to this page and... (show quote)


Welcome and have fun!
Been there in Kenya and actually survived with a pocket camera LOL.
It will depend actually in what you want to achieve.
If you just want generally good photos then an crop sensor with 18-200 or 18-300 would be enough.
If you want really good photos then bring a full frame with better glass. But that might reduce your "being there" experience if the focus is only to make good photos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlEUFA5VINw

Tip. Out in the savannah/hotels, water is expensive. Bring the free water given at the safari drives and supplement with the warm water for the free tea/coffee.

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Aug 25, 2021 15:10:27   #
rmorrison1116 Loc: Southeast, Southcentral PA
 
Welcome to the UHH. I've been on several photo safaris over the years but they've all been on the North American continent. The cameras I usually carry on such outings are my Canon 5D mk IV with EF 28-300L mounted, my Nikon D850 with Nikkor 200-500 and Nikon 1.4 TC my Canon 5DSr with Sigma 150-600 and matching Sigma 2X TC. My gear may be getting a bit long on the tooth but it all still works as good as when it was new.

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Aug 26, 2021 08:28:02   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Welcome to our forum!

Safari gear -
http://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-473761-1.html
https://fstoppers.com/animal/essential-camera-features-and-settings-safari-photography-176678
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8065882473/gearing-up-for-an-african-safari
http://www.bythom.com/photographic-travel/africa/how-to-think-about-equipmen.html
http://www.elliottneep.com/#!/p/gear-guide-safari
https://luminous-landscape.com/digital-safari-equipment-tips/

Safari Photography -
https://www.safaribookings.com/blog/15-african-safari-photography-tips
https://digital-photography-school.com/10-tips-to-photograph-an-african-photographic-safari/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/lists/activities/photography-tips-africa-safari/
https://www.porini.com/blog/essential-photography-tips-african-safari/
https://www.gadventures.com/blog/tips-photos-african-safari/
https://www.tripsavvy.com/taking-great-photos-on-safari-1454103

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Aug 26, 2021 09:27:05   #
ReFlections Loc: LA to AL
 
Welcome to the Hog.

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Aug 26, 2021 10:54:39   #
Blair Shaw Jr
 
Welcome and good luck to you. You will find plenty of helpful hints from the folks here.

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Aug 26, 2021 12:14:52   #
jack schade Loc: La Pine Oregon
 
Welcome to the forum.

Jack

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Aug 26, 2021 12:16:04   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Welcome to the Hog, enjoy.

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Aug 26, 2021 12:26:16   #
Garty Northrop Loc: SE Washington State
 
Two major things I've learned in six trips to Africa, including several photo
safaris, are: (1) Don't waste your time and space taking a tripod unless you're
doing landscape photography; (2) take a pillowcase to cover your camera on
dusty vehicle trips.

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Aug 26, 2021 15:44:47   #
Vince68 Loc: Wappingers Falls, NY
 
Welcome to UHH.

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Aug 26, 2021 16:00:57   #
Mubashm Loc: Gaithersburg, Maryland
 
Wallen wrote:
Welcome and have fun!
Been there in Kenya and actually survived with a pocket camera LOL.
It will depend actually in what you want to achieve.
If you just want generally good photos then an crop sensor with 18-200 or 18-300 would be enough.
If you want really good photos then bring a full frame with better glass. But that might reduce your "being there" experience if the focus is only to make good photos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlEUFA5VINw

Tip. Out in the savannah/hotels, water is expensive. Bring the free water given at the safari drives and supplement with the warm water for the free tea/coffee.
Welcome and have fun! br Been there in Kenya and a... (show quote)


You are absolutely right. I agree with you Wallen.

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Aug 26, 2021 16:35:26   #
gsmith051 Loc: Fairfield Glade, TN
 
Welcome to the forum.

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Aug 26, 2021 17:28:18   #
Raccie
 
Africa is BIG. Which part are you going to? That will dictate what you should prepare for. Having lived and travelled in South and East Africa for 50 years there are different seasons and climates. Once you have decided where and when then you can start to do the prep. To protect your cameras use shower caps costing $1 for 6. Toss them when they get dirty. Anything material will collect dust and transfer to your equipment. Have a great trip.

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