Photography Equipment

You’ve taken the step to go to Africa, so what is the best way to capture this amazing event.

When it comes to photography there are so many options for people and it all comes down to your budget, whether you want just a point shoot camera or are you looking for greater reach to your photography.

Capturing  great images comes not just having a good camera but more importantly than that , it is  knowing about  composition  and understanding light. The good thing about that , that’s our role to show you that on the day, so you don’t have to think about that, that is done for you as we are there to guide you with that if you are wanting to go to the next level.Even a person who is not experienced in taking pictures will come away with awesome images.

 So what camera to bring?

Below I mention the Cube , a must for traveling and it is the most practical thing that you can take on your African Adventure with Africa Running Wild Safaris..

The Camera

On our trips we have two types of people with different camera needs. We have the person who wishes to get more out of the photographic experience so they will bring a DSLR with interchangeable lens and the person who wants a good point and shoot camera where you don’t have to be bothered in changing lens.

Wildlife photography

Cameras used are  Canon 6dmark 2 and the Canon 7dmark2 Both are outstanding cameras and I just think they are just perfect for wildlife Photography.

Below the flip out screen is a great tool to have in your camera as it is just so practical.

ALthough the Canon 6d mark 2 is an amazing camera, every year sees new cameras coming out all of the time.Both Canon and Sony at this stage are the leaders in camera technogly with amazing auto focusing . The Latest cameras are amazing and I feel that Canon has the leading edge here. Having said that, Canon’s latest camera ,the Canon R5 is the ultimate wildlife camera. Does Africa Running Wild Safaris use them, no as these cameras are very expensive, prices between $5000-6000. That is a lot for one to invest in one single camera. I’m not saying it’s not worth it, it really depends if you have the $$$ to buy it.

The 7d mark2 or Canons  90D is a good compromise. These cameras are gold. The  10 frames a second or 11 frames are second are perfect. The 7Dmark 2 is hard to get as this camera is not made anymore. Canons 90D has replaced it and that camera having a flip out screen is ideal for wildlife.

On this website, Africa Running Wild Safaris you’ll see what this camera is capable off and the images speaks for themselves.

The 7d mark2 matched with Canons  100mm – 400mm f5.6 mark2 on it, with the crop factor kicks in and you never look back. As mentioned before, it is a great compromise for those of us who can’t afford a camera that is between $5000-$6000.

All images of wildlife featured on this website is are taken with the above set up.

Check List

Below is a general list of what to bring to Africa once you have your camera.

  • Camera- I use two camera bodies. One is for a back up and you will need a lens that gives you a reach of min 400mm
  • Ideally you should have a zoom lens that covers 100-400mm  and a medium wide angle that should cover a range of 24mm-105mm. This lens is used for people shots or if the animal comes close to the vehicle or for shooting from a helicopter.
  • Lens cloths to clean your lens. This small lens cloth will be a life saver for you.
  • Extra batteries.I normally have 4 , 2 for each camera I have. If you have one camera then I would suggest 3.
  • Battery charger . This is so important. I’ve had guests who have left their charger home, so make sure you don’t.
  • Memory cards. Make sure you have the right memory card for the correct camera as there is a big difference. If you are in doubt, make sure you speak to us so we can advise you what is best for your camera.
  • Zip lock bags are great to put bits and pieces in so they are not all lose in your camera bag.
  • If you are using a DSLR that has interchangeable lens , then using a bean bag is a good thing as it saves you hand holding the lens and it takes the weight of your body. Some also have used their airline head ( pillow) that they bought for the flight. These are very good as well and it will save you carry an extra bean bag.
  • If you have interchangeable lens, make sure you have ” rocket”  to blow dust out. These are valuable.
  • Laptop . This is good if you want to edit your pictures or at least view them.
  • External Hard Drives- This is a must. Make sure you have some small external hard drives that you bring.You need one to store your pictures on and another to back your pictures up. I use the Seagate series, 2 TB will cost approximate $150 but this price can change all the time . Don’t skimp on this, I can’t stress this enough. You have outlaid for the trip and the next important thing is you have a device where you can back your images up. I can’t stress this enough.
  • Make sure you have the right power plugs for the countries that you are going to.
  • The Cube is awesome. This has 4 power power outlets and 2 USB outlets. These are so good and they are small for traveling. I use these all of the time at home and overseas and in Africa they are gold.
  • Shower Cap- That’s a funny suggestion but can be very practical. If you strike rain, the shower cap fits so well over the your camera and takes no space in your bag.
  • CAMERA MANUAL -this is so important to make sure you have your camera manual as all cameras are different and different camera manufactures hide things in different areas within their menus and it can be tricky to find but having your camera manual will make life so much easier when it comes to  your camera.
  • Below are the hard drives that we use- note A is my original and B is my back of A. This is a must to do in your travels if you take a lot of pictures.Make sure you label them so you know what is what.