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 now the hard work has been done for you through Vicki and myself. 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.

This is what we use for our wildlife photography

Both Vicki and I  have a Canon 6dmark 2 and the Canon 7dmark2 Both are outstanding cameras and I just think they are just perfect for us.

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

We love the Canon 6Dmark 2 as its an affordable camera, and the price is great. At the end of the day, why spend a lot of money on very expensive cameras when in a  short period of time, they become left behind due to the fast changes that are made in the digital world.Remember it is not the camera that sees the image to be taken. It is you. The camera doesn’t sit there by itself and all of a sudden thinks’ Umm there is a good shot, I’ll take it!”

There are many reasons why we prefer this camera but  others will prefer other systems and we all have different reasons as to what camera we chose. We believe that there is no such thing as the prefect camera so you go with what you can afford and what serves your photographic needs.

We love the 7d mark2. This camera is gold. We use it for all of our wildlife shots and at 10 frames a second, it is sensational!!!

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 is by far our favorite Canon camera for wildlife. We love that it is a half frame camera which means when you put the 100-400f5.6 mark2 on it, the crop factor kicks in and you never look back. Its takes the 400mm to 700mm plus.

As already has been mentioned on our tours page , our blogs in Africa, 98% are taken with the 7Dmark2. The 10 frames a second is so fast and you never miss a beat with it.

The images on this website pages speaks for themselves and it’s a camera that is a game changer for so many and you can do wildlife at an affordable level.

Both the 7d mark2 and the 6Dmark2 are awesome in low light. Canon have improved the low light capabilities so much more now that shooting at night with both of these cameras is not an issue.( Video on the other hand at low light is not great, they need to improve in that department with these two cameras)

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what works for you. For ourselves having the full frame for our landscape is a must and the 6dmark 2 is ideal for that. If you are into wildlife photography and you want the best quality at a reasonable price , then in our opinion a half frame camera is a must and the 7D mark 2 works for us as well along with the 100mm-400mm 5.6 L series.

For those who don’t like changing lens you can get the point and shoot cameras where you don’t need to change a lens on them and some have great zoom ranges which is amazing but they won’t deliver the same photo quality as the cameras mentioned above . Having said that, you then don’t have to have to worry about changing lens . Photography is about compromise and you need to work out what works best for you.

If image quality is the utmost importance then I’d stick with the DSLRs or the latest range of mirrorless cameras and lens, you will pay a lot more for them however. If you don’t mind making a compromise on image quality and it’s more about your personal memories etc and you don’t want to be bothered changing lens and you are on a strict budget then there are a number of large point and shoot cameras that you can purchase between $800 to $1100 approximately.

Check List

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

  • Camera- I use two camera bodies. I shoot with Canon and I have a full frame ( canon 6D) camera as my back up camera and a half frame camera. Some of you will understand that. For those that do, I use the 7dmark2 and this is a half frame camera which means when I use my 100mm-400mm due to the crop factor(1.6) on the senor, that 100mm-400 is 730mm. I use this for all of my wild life shots as it gets me in close enough without carry a massive lens.Don’t panic is you don’t understand this, some will.If you book with African Running wild Safaris, we will talk you through all of this if you wish to learn more.
  • 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.