Reposting: Camera question/Safari company question

Jun 22nd, 2005, 11:29 AM
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BTW in terms of recommending operators - as I'm based in UK it may be of no use but I booked my last trip through Steppes Africa who were incredibly helpful in every way.

Also dealth with Bert of Fish Eagle safaris in the US and although I didn't book with him (on his own recommendation) I would recommend him for his helpfulness, knowledge and experience.
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 01:08 PM
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Kavey - Just curious - why did he recommend against booking with him?
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 01:31 PM
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Well not so much recommend against but, is a gentleman and said that, since I wanted a price including flights from London to South Africa, I'd get better prices from UK agents as, being based in USA he didn't have the best deals with UK airlines.

I was already dealing with two UK operators too (I'd narrowed down to those three) so the quotes would have born out what he said but I felt it was generous of him to take the time to share ideas and advice even though he was stating upfront that he felt I'd be better served by a UK based operator.
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 08:44 PM
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Re camera questions: have you found the website ? Very comprehensive reviews and comparisons of virtually ALL digital cameras.
It won't address your question about safari use, however. And reading thru all their reviews can become like a second job...

I can't remember exactly what the zoom on the G6 and Pro1 provide, but it probably won't be enough zoom for good animal shots. However I believe that you can purchase an accessory teleconverter, which still won't be really "long" but will help.
If you really want to do wildlife photography, you would be better off with a digital rebel and a longer zoom lense (but now you're in for a much bigger budget hit).
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Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:09 PM
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Dear Cooncat,

My husband and I are leaving for Tanzania in three days. After a lot of research, we purchased a Canon Rebel XT. It was also recommended by a local professional photographer. We got a 18-200 Tamron lens. With the camera chip, the lens go to 300, so it's a one lens system. My husband, who has refused to relinquish his 35mm cameras, is sold on this camera. A hint I learned on this board is to use a bag of beans, lentils, or barley to balance your camera instead of a tripod or monopod. You won't have time to set it up. Make a cloth cover for the beans, plop it on the vehicle roof or hood, aim and shot. Have a great trip. Suoma
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Jun 24th, 2005, 12:56 PM
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Thanks Suoma. PLease let us know how the camera worked out and post some photos. Have a great trip!
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