Safari etiquette, camera and/or binoculars


Oct 5th, 2005, 08:12 AM
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Wow, how timely that I found this great discussion about digitals and binocs. I will be going on safari to the northern circuit of Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire) next Feb. with a extended trip to the Seychelles on a shared catamaran. Currently I have a Nikon coolpix 880. Got it in 2000 after my SLR was stolen in Rhodes when a theif climbed 2 floors up thru my slider. A professional photo guy (at the gym) told me that the shutter speed is probably far too slow for safari photos. He's not too familar with digitals. I also don't like the fact that this camera shuts it's self off constantly and then takes a long time to fire back up. So I guess I'm in the market for a new and not to costly digital that I can use on safari (mostly day time), on the catamaran and for general typical everyday stuff including close ups of my patients for before and after facial and body procedures - don't want to get too close up for those though - too scary when you can see ever little blemish etc. I can still continue to us my coolpix for the work photos if you feel that I'm asking too much from one camera. I'm also in the market for a good pair of binoculars for my trip. Hopefully the binocs. can later be used at home for landscape and ocean sightings. If possible, can any of you give me a for instance of how far one can see with a particular magnification i.e. a lion from 500yds., a boat 1 mile away etc. I'm most appreciative of any advise.

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Oct 5th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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cheryl -

I'm far from an expert on digital cameras... in fact, pretty much a novice. But, you will find many threads on this board and others regarding the cameras the many recent safari goers have used. These threads will provide an excellent education about what is out there today and for the future 2-years, at least, hopefully.

Just do a search in the box at the top of this board, inputing "digital cameras" and the threads should appear in the left column.

But I can comment on the problems you seem to have with your Nikon coolpix from 2000. The automatic shut-off and recharging was very common with early digitals. Something I experienced when my travel partner in 2001 had this same thing constantly occuring with his camera. And then there was the fact that the battery/ies didn't last all that long.

Since then, you'll find that just about every digital camera you purchase today, have practically eliminated all of these issues.

Check out the other threads for lots of good information.
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Oct 5th, 2005, 11:13 AM
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Will do. Thanks for the info, sandi. Anyone else have any other suggestions? Cheryl
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