Tips for choosing equipment

They say that the best cameras are black. It’s true: whether you are using Nikon, Canon or indeed the new Sony mirrorless gear, there is something out there for everyone.  Some people know exactly what gear they want to buy, but others might struggle a bit making the right decisions.  A good place to start would be our recommended gear list. But perhaps you are still full of questions.  Our photographic safaris begin long before departure, and it’s a great idea not to leave these important decisions for the last minute.

Here are a few things to think about to get you on the right track:

  1. What existing gear do you have? What is on your wish list?
  2. If you are starting from scratch, have you any ideas what you would like to purchase? Also do you have a budget for now and for later? We suggest getting the best you can afford and also paying for good lenses as they have a long lifespan.
  3. There is some really good, lightweight gear available. Are you happy carrying a big bag of heavy gear weighing 15 – 20 kg to get the best possible results, or would you like something lighter?
  4. Are you interested in shooting landscapes, low light, stars, etc.? If so, you will need to consider full frame cameras and lenses that are able to go down to very wide apertures that let in a great deal of light.
  5. Do you imagine ever making big prints of your work where close-up detail will be important? Again, a full frame camera with low noise is going to be ideal.
  6. Can you imagine yourself using a tripod in the field? It’s essential for long exposures and getting interesting landscape shots.
  7. Do you want gear that can take some punishment? Some gear is more robust and comes with weather and dust seals.
  8. Is wildlife action photography your priority? Do you want to freeze action and get lots of frames of a sequence? If so, consider the frame-rate.
  9. No matter what camera you get, it’s always a good idea to practice with it before your safari. We offer “get to know your camera” workshops in Cape Town and a variety of day-tours that provide a great opportunity to hone your skills.

At Photos and Africa we have photographers that use Canon and others that use Nikon. We even have a few Leica enthusiasts. So we are geared-up to answer most gear questions.  We look forward to getting into discussions before the start of the safari.