Are you planning to take a safari in Africa? Africa safari photography is one of the most expensive hobbies that a person can get into. In addition to just coming with your camera, one will need more things to get the best out of your safari into Africa. In the past, it involved buying films and spending for the developing of the photos taken during your trip. And as you become more enmeshed with the activity, you will probably be adding a list of different add ons for your camera or even buy special cameras that perform specific tasks. Below is a guide to the Equipments you will need to buy for the best photography.
One of the most common add-ons that professional and even amateur photographers spend their money on is the lens. This is one of the most basic parts of the camera and yet the most crucial. There are different kinds of lens that function according to the needs of the photographer.
Most cameras especially those that are used by professionals have the option to interchange or add lens. There are actually to main types, the fixed focal lenses, which are also called the prime lenses and the zoom, which is primarily used to alter the focal length and lets you take shots of objects that are really far away.
Wide angle lens, for instance, will allow you to take photos within short distances. This is ideal in photoshoots that are done with limited space. With a wide angle lens, the photographer need not walk backwards to be able to get the whole image. Telephoto lens, on the other hand, will allow you to narrow down the angle of view. This is also called the long focus lens because it allows one to take pictures in long distances. One kind is the short telephoto lens that are especially great with pictures from head and shoulders. This is why it is also called portrait lens.
Another kind of lens is the zoom lens, which come in different focal lengths. You should remember that there are zoom lens that can also function as a telephoto or wide-angle lens. This is why some photographers invest in good zoom lens instead of buying separate lens. In addition to the convenience in price, buying zoom lens will also lessen the equipment that you have to carry.
Other equipments that a photographer have to invest in are tripods and of course a good camera case that will protect it from all kinds of weather. Tripods are used to minimize the shakiness of the camera that will result in blurred or double images. For personal use, tripods are handy if the photographer also want to be included in the photo.
Good Nature Photography Equipment CAN Improve your Nature Pictures
Some professional photographers tend to hammer on the point that the nature photography equipment used does not create a good picture, but the photographer does. I agree to some extent, but I believe high quality equipment enables you to create professional quality pictures. This is very important if you hope to have your pictures published some day.
Therefore, it is important to get the best equipment possible considering your budget constraints, and this can involve quite difficult decisions. The market is flooded with acceptable quality photography equipment.
Nature Photography Equipment articles:
Choosing a brand
Obtaining a decent nature photography equipment setup starts with choosing a brand. It is always best to use the lenses, flash and other accessories of the same brand as your camera body, as this guarantees compatibility. Most professional photographers adhere to this guideline.
In this section, I discuss a good nature photography equipment setup, including some personal recommendations. These recommendations are (obviously) biased. I like Canon and have a good Canon setup. However, I consider the quality of Nikon or Sigma products to be close enough to Canon that I will also be able to get along with equipment from one of these brands. I will think long and hard before going somewhere else.
A good lens lineup? This is the most important thing to consider when choosing a brand. Canon wins hands down here. Another yardstick I suggest you consider when choosing a brand is the availability of an affordable but decent digital SLR camera body. We will get to this shortly..
Digital vs. Film
One of the most important decisions you will face is whether to use film or digital. Is digital as good as film? Can photos from digital cameras be published? Yes they can!
Quite a number of the old school professional photographers still believe in film. And why would they not? Film is what they used to make a name for themselves. Film is the format their whole photo collection is in. It will be really tough to convince these guys to switch, but it is inevitable. Some are already seeing the light…
I have operated only with a digital camera since September 2002.
Two of my friends, both professional photographers switched their whole nature photography equipment setup to the digital format in the past year. Another of my friends taking photos for a living forked out close to 30,000 South African Rands ($3,000 at the time) for a Canon EOS D30 some time ago. These guys know what they are doing. This, together with all the scientific comparison studies available on the net, proves to me that digital is finally as good as, if not better than film.
No! Stop! Let me rephrase… Some 35mm digital SLR camera bodies compare well with their film counterparts. You are unfortunately not going to beat the quality of slide film in a decent film body with a professional standard lens, with your 3.2 megapixel Sony Cybershot.
So which digital cameras produce better pictures than film? I discuss this in detail on the Digital Camera Comparison page, but will mention here that the professional photographers I know only work with digital SLRs and then mostly only with Canon EOS 10D (now discontinued) or the Canon EOS 20D. There are slight disadvantages to the entry level bodies like the EOS Digital Rebel series. I discuss these further on the Digital Camera Comparison page.
Does this mean that film is a total no-no? Not at all. I would not spend money on any NEW film equipment now. Mainly because the shift toward digital is inevitable, but it might also be hard to sell second hand equipment in a year or two. However, if you have a decent film SLR with the necessary lenses and you are not ready to upgrade to digital, you will still be able to compete with the best. I think Richard du Toit might also still be using film 🙂
I think that digital SLR cameras (both those aimed at consumers and pro’s) have become a lot more affordable in recent times. So, consider getting one of these rather than a slightly cheaper film SLR when you buy your next camera.
I split my discussion on nature photography equipment under the following headings:
- Digital Camera Comparison
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