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WILDLIFE CAMERA TO TAKE ON SAFARI
The Best Wildlife Camera To
Take On Safari
by: Bruce Whittaker
Good wildlife camera equipment
on safari can make the difference between pictures you will be proud
to show your friends and family when you get back and ones where
it's difficult to figure out exactly what you were photographing
because it's only a fuzzy black dot surrounded by green vegetation.
I take wildlife photographs for
a living and I have had to quickly figure out what the best cameras
and lenses are to get the job done effectively.
Digital or Film - Which is
better for a safari?
Wild animals are very
unpredictable. That's one aspect of safari photography that makes it
so exciting because you never know what you are going to get but
this also means that the number of pictures you need to take to get
a keeper increases.
And if you use film that can
become very expensive whereas with a digital wildlife camera you can
take as many as you want and then just delete the ones where the
lion has ducked behind a bush, the cheetah has blurred because the
autofocus locked onto a twig in front of it and the exposure of the
hippo was way off because of the reflected sunlight in the water.
You can also make consistent use
of bracketing to get the perfect exposures without worrying about
cost or running out of film which can be a problem in certain remote
areas of Africa where safaris take place.
So more is better in this case
but what about quality? The fact is that digital quality is fast
catching up to film unless you fall into the professional category
and are going to be selling your safari pictures or entering them
into competitions. In that case it might be better to stick to film
because the trained eye will be able to spot the difference but in
most other cases digital quality is more than adequate.
Digital also gives you valuable
feedback while you are still on safari so that you can try and
improve on that elephant picture with the ear cut off the next day.
You also have a lot more control over the final product because you
can use software like Photoshop to enhance and fine tune your
Digital SLR or Compact Wildlife
A safari is the dream trip of a
lifetime and it's a great opportunity to get some fantastic wildlife
pictures but it's not necessary to buy the latest and greatest
digital SLR and lenses to get them unless you are planning to take
nature pictures for a living or are a serious photography enthusiast
and are going to make regular use of the camera and lenses after the
The cost of a digital SLR
wildlife camera is high compared to a compact but that is only half
the story. The lenses that you need to purchase for decent wildlife
photography often cost more than the camera itself making it a very
expensive business indeed.
And a bulky camera body and
multiple interchangeable lenses do add to the weight of your luggage
and the inconvenience of carrying everything around with you.
Digital compact cameras on the
other hand are not extremely expensive and the results that you can
obtain from them are almost on a par with a digital SLR camera and
you don't have to worry about any additional lenses if the compact
you buy has a decent zoom covering the range from 80mm to about
300mm. There are a few of them on the market that do have lenses
like this and the range of the zooms increase every year.
And compact cameras live up to
their name by being relatively small and light and one lens means no
additional weight or carrying and no time wasted changing to another
lens to suit the situation.
The Best SLR Digital Wildlife
Camera for Nature Photography
If you have decided to go with a
digital SLR then by all accounts the best one to purchase for
wildlife photography at the moment is the Canon EOS 20D due to the
blinding speed of its shutter release (near instantaneous) and its
continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second to a maximum burst
depth of twenty three frames. It also powers up in next to no time
This wildlife camera is as fast
as you will ever need to freeze wildlife action and get the picture
in the can before the animal moves off into the undergrowth.
There are other SLR cameras that
are nearly as good like the Nikon D70 and the Pentax ist D so take a
look at them too before making a decision.
The Best Compact Digital
Wildlife Camera for Nature Photography
Canon comes up trumps again in
the compact camera category with the Canon Powershot S2 IS. The
factor that makes this camera ideal for safari wildlife photography
is its huge 12X optical zoom lens (36 - 432mm equivalent) with a
built in image stabiliser which cuts down on blur when using such a
massive zoom lens.
A 5 megapixal sensor is more
than enough to produce stunning safari images and as long as you can
live with a slight shutter release lag and power up delay this
compact wildlife camera is perfect for a safari trip.
About The Author
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