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7 Photos From 7 Safaris

Since 2009 Pepe and I have put on 7 photographic safaris. The only year we missed was 2011, which for some reason we couldn't find any takers for the 4 different trips we had planned that year. Probably had something to do with the hangover from the 2010 Soccer World Cup [...]

By |27th July 2015|Photography, Trip Reports|Comments Off on 7 Photos From 7 Safaris
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Slides From The Ultimate Big 5 Safari Pt. 1

Chris Wahl is a long standing member of Nikongear/Fotozones and last year we were privileged to have him join us on our Ultimate Big 5 Safari at Sabi Sabi. Here's the first in a four part series of slide shows Chris has put together. It's a wonderful record of the sightings [...]

By |29th June 2015|Photography, Trip Reports, Videos|Comments Off on Slides From The Ultimate Big 5 Safari Pt. 1

Lens options for the Big 5 Safari

What telephoto lens should I bring to use on your Big 5 Safari? This is one of the most common questions I get from people interested in joining this amazing wildlife safari. There are a few options open to you and I suppose it depends on just how big your budget is and also what camera system you use. Fast Primes  [singlepic id=290 w=320 h=240 float=right]Most of the time the best wildlife photos are obtained with the use of a fast prime lens, something like a 300mm f/2.8 or a 400mm f/2.8. These lenses offer the best possible image quality, mainly because the light they capture passes through fewer glass elements than a zoom lens, so what you get at the business end of the sensor is light that is “purer” in a sense. You also get superb subject isolation at the widest apertures and the bokeh (out of focus background highlights) is as good as it gets with a telephoto prime lens. If you’re going to bring a prime lens I would recommend a 300/2.8 with a couple of teleconverters. This will give you some good options for range. The 400/2.8 would be good too, but I think it will be more difficult to travel with than the 300mm. Fast Telephoto Zooms A drawback to using fast primes at a place like Sabi Sabi though is that sometimes you might find yourself too close to the action for your chosen focal length to provide effective framing options. For this reason exotic fast zoom lenses like the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR or the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS are ideal. They both offer a very useful zoom range as well as very acceptable bokeh. Most of our Big 5 safari guests who shoot Nikon have brought out this lens and none have been disappointed with it. On our last trip in 2012 I used the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS almost exclusively and was very happy with the results. You can read my full review of the lens (kindly supplied by Tudortech) here. The one good thing about the Sigma is that it is available in all the major manufacturer mounts, including Canon, Sony and Sigma’s own proprietary mount. […]

By |13th May 2013|Safari Planning|Comments Off on Lens options for the Big 5 Safari

Trip Report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Safari – part 3

Part 3 of Dallas' account of the 2012 Big 5 Group safari to Sabi Sabi

By |19th February 2013|Trip Reports|Comments Off on Trip Report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Safari – part 3

Big 5 Group Photo Safari in August 2013

Our group safari to do landscapes, wildflowers and scenery in Namibia next year sold out almost as soon as I had advertised it last month. What makes it really special to me is that of the 8 people joining us on that one, 6 were on safari with us this [...]

By |6th December 2012|General|Comments Off on Big 5 Group Photo Safari in August 2013
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