Photography for Tanzania Photographic safari
As for Tanzania Photographic Safaris, Wildlife photography is an exciting and challenging safari activity. Whether you do it as a hobby or as profession, you will find photo opportunities to match your every requirement. As you know the camera equipment has a lot to do with the quality of the final product. You can use the point-and-shoot for casual photos around the camp or similar settings; however, it takes a much more sophisticated camera and lens to capture that “just perfect” wildlife image. All of our guides have photography as hobby and have worked with many professional photographers. As the result they should be able to offer you good advice about safari photography
For good wildlife shots a 35mm SLR with two zoom lenses (28-80mm or more importantly 75-300mm or similar) is essential, as are spare camera batteries, memory cards and cleaning tissue.
If you are passionate about photography, consider the following for Tanzania photographic safaris:
Two camera bodies (Africa is hard on equipment)
Wide angle lens – 20, 24, or 28mm or zoom lens to cover 24-80mm
Telephoto lens 300mm or above or zoom lens to cover 75-300mm
A good quality 1.4x converter matched to your telephoto lens (you only lose one stop with a 1.4x)
A fast 200mm F2.8 (Nikon make a brilliant 80-200mm F2.8) that is very useful in low light.
A flash for fun in the camp after dark or a happy snapper with flash
Our Land Cruisers are well prepared for photography with great vantage points high and low and plenty of positions to rest cameras. We provide bean bags in all our vehicles to help support your cameras
Protect your camera equipment (!)
The sand and dust that you have on safari are deadly enemies of your photographic equipment and often unavoidable so Digital SLR users should bring enough cleaning materials to able to clean your cameras whilst on safari. You must therefore be extra protective of your equipment and film, we advice you to bring along big zip lock bags so that you can keep your camera equipments away from sand, dust and water. We also recommend to bring a scurf or other dust cover to protect the camera while driving.
Tanzania voltage is 220-240 volts with British type plugs. We suggest you bring a 12-volt car adapter for charging your video batteries, as it is often a lot easier than getting batteries charged at lodges.
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