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No worries — zooming on safari

16 November 2009


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safari cameraman

A famous traveller once said that the best advice he could give to anyone setting out on a trip abroad was very simple: “At the last minute, throw out half the clothes and pack twice as much money.”

For wildlife photographers, it would be much the same: “Throw out half the gear and pack twice as many cards.”

What you need is a healthy credit card and a fistful of memory cards. Unless you are seriously planning to win some international photo awards and you are shooting on colour film, the essentials are to travel light and to bring home the pix.  The answer is a compact camera and the astounding freedom it gives you to shoot anything and everything.

Here on Wildlife Camera we have flirted with digital SLR cameras and multiple lenses, but the costs and complexities have driven us back to the cheaper, reliable compact camera in its ultrazoom form. Whether you are pursuing hummingbirds on a Caribbean balcony or giraffes in the African dawn, the versatile zoom is a winner every time. And, as we have said elsewhere, you really do not have to worry about it – a reflex is just too attractive to thieves, and also seems to attract mud and dust, while the comparatively cheap compact emerges smiling every time from the big pocket of your safari jacket.

The lenses on today’s ultrazooms have reached phenomenal magnifications, up to 24X in some cases. And their anti-shake really does work, so that hand-held telephoto shots are sharp even when taken at speeds which a few years ago would have resulted in fuzzy images which needed back-up commentary: “That bit there is its ear, just above the dark leaf, you see? No, the other one …”

It’s a great feeling when you can trust the camera to do everything technical and you can concentrate on the picture.

And you can spend the money you’ve saved on an extra week in the bush, or on that Caribbean balcony.   WN. Photo: iStockphoto.
 


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