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Safaridude's Trip Report - Tsetses and Camera Cleaning

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I must digress here and talk about tsetses and cameras.

I have a huge problem with tsetse flies. I get very bad histamine reactions to their bites. I was armed with "Skeeter Beater" lotion through Meru (not many tsetses), the Western Corridor of Serengeti (many around Grumeti river) and Ugalla (teeming, swarming, and bloodthirsty). I can tell you that it works, but not 100%. It appeared that Skeeter Beater worked well for some and marginally for others. For me, it was, I would say 30% effective. I did see for the first time on a safari, flies land on me but not bite. What does work fabulously is a shirt and a pair of ankle gaitors I bought from bugshirt.com. I can't say enough about them. Their shirts are ingeniously designed and are 100% effective while keeping you cool. In certain areas, I had the hood on with the zipper slightly open -- and it was great.

In terms of camera cleaning, I purchased a "dry" cleaning device from visibledust.com. It is also an ingeniously designed device. It is a brush that you electrically charge, thereby removing the dust easily from the sensor screen. The downside is, however, if you get the brush dirty, you can actually get smears on the screen (so, you should bring at least a couple of brushes). This is the device Marjia talks about in her thread about my coming to rescue when I saw her at Campi ya Kanzi.

I think it's just best to not worry too much about it. I am a quasi-professional photographer. I never wet-clean my lenses on safari. If you use any lense longer than 100mm, the dust or smears on the outside of the lense never show up. I check once in awhile for the cleanliness of the sensor screen by shooting a picture of the sky (blue or clouded) and zooming in at the result. If there are some spots, I don't worry about it. It is very easy to fix them with your software later.

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