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Here are a few African pics, or should I say reasons to come hunt in Africa





















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Awesome pics! Did you take them?

I hope to one day hunt Africa.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Awesome pics! Did you take them?

I hope to one day hunt Africa.




Unfortunately not I was browsing pics and found them. My camera work is no where near as good as that.
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OK, 'cuz I'm new to the photog hobby, and if you did take those pics, I was about to bother the living sh** outta you with endless questions, my friend!Smile
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

OK, 'cuz I'm new to the photog hobby, and if you did take those pics, I was about to bother the living sh** outta you with endless questions, my friend!Smile



I know how you feel, my photos aren't very good. But I also need to get a new camera, just not sure which way to go. DSLR is obviously the best way to go, but a bit on the large side to carry in the field, and the small point and shoots photo quality isn't the good. Something I've seen in the bush is you need a long zoom. Or a really good program to zoom in on the photo them self. I'm still looking we are only going in July.
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Having been there once, I will return!
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Having been there once, I will return!


Hopefully so RC
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Cool pics Glock.
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Originally posted by Glock Glock wrote:

Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

OK, 'cuz I'm new to the photog hobby, and if you did take those pics, I was about to bother the living sh** outta you with endless questions, my friend!Smile



I know how you feel, my photos aren't very good. But I also need to get a new camera, just not sure which way to go. DSLR is obviously the best way to go, but a bit on the large side to carry in the field, and the small point and shoots photo quality isn't the good. Something I've seen in the bush is you need a long zoom. Or a really good program to zoom in on the photo them self. I'm still looking we are only going in July.

I can make some camera recommendations if you give me some idea of what you are looking for in terms of performance and budget.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by Glock Glock wrote:

Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

OK, 'cuz I'm new to the photog hobby, and if you did take those pics, I was about to bother the living sh** outta you with endless questions, my friend!Smile



I know how you feel, my photos aren't very good. But I also need to get a new camera, just not sure which way to go. DSLR is obviously the best way to go, but a bit on the large side to carry in the field, and the small point and shoots photo quality isn't the good. Something I've seen in the bush is you need a long zoom. Or a really good program to zoom in on the photo them self. I'm still looking we are only going in July.

I can make some camera recommendations if you give me some idea of what you are looking for in terms of performance and budget.

ILya


I'll bet Ted would want terrific performance with top quality instruments at an unlimited budget. LOL  Laugh


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Thans Iyla

Budget probably not more than $800
Not sure what I need as far as megapixels (dont really print photos)
Decent image quality (not trying to win any competitions)
Good zoom range
Resonably compact and lightweight (carry enough stuff when i hunt)
Viewfinder if possible(outdoor shots in the sun can be difficult)
Good quality make

All the photos I take is when im out hunting so scenery and wildlife, hence the need for good zoom range, my main concern is size and weight. After all i'm carying
Rifle
Rangefinder
Bag with various goodies
Bogpod
Plus I have to push myself round in the wheelchair
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Originally posted by Glock Glock wrote:

Thans Iyla

Budget probably not more than $800
Not sure what I need as far as megapixels (dont really print photos)
Decent image quality (not trying to win any competitions)
Good zoom range
Resonably compact and lightweight (carry enough stuff when i hunt)
Viewfinder if possible(outdoor shots in the sun can be difficult)
Good quality make

All the photos I take is when im out hunting so scenery and wildlife, hence the need for good zoom range, my main concern is size and weight. After all i'm carying
Rifle
Rangefinder
Bag with various goodies
Bogpod
Plus I have to push myself round in the wheelchair

Well, the choices are between a 
- system camera: something with interchangeable lenses (DSLR and mirrorless systems cameras)
- high-end point and shoot: an all-in-one camera that is intended for enthusiast.

Point and shoot cameras, even the high end ones, have lower image quality than decent system cameras, but they are often easier to use.  The biggest difference in image quality is in low light situations, so if most of the pictures you take will be in respectable lighting, going with a good quality all-in-one camera is a pretty good option especially since you can get a very long effective telephoto in a compact package.

Two best long zoom all-in-one cameras currently on the market are Panasonic FZ-200 and Fuji X-S1

I am not sure what the prices are in South Africa, but both should within your price range.  Fuji will have a bit better image quality at wide angle, while Panasonic is a little better at telephoto.  Panasonic is also a fair bit more compact and has much better video capabilities.

With system cameras, I like the micro-4/3 standard.  To get the same telephoto reach with one of these, you would need to get either a Panasonic 100-300mm lens or Olympus 75-300mm lens. Both Panasonic and Olympus make a variety of micro-4/3 bodies, some of which are very well priced right now.  I own Panasonic GX-1, personally since they are being phased out and very well priced.

Long term, a system camera is perhaps a better way to go, but you are unlikely to stay within your $800 budget.

Personally, considering the compactness, I would probably get Panasonic FZ-200 all-in-one and learn to use it properly.

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Thanks Ilya

That's really good advice and it makes sense on what you are advising to look for.

These are the cameras I have been looking at the so far, as it falls well with in my budget.

Panasonic FZ 200
Sony DSC-HX200V
Sony DSC-HX20V/B

Are the mirrorless cameras worth the extra money, I'm prepared to save a bit more. If it means buying properly the first time. I don't want to buy twice.
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ExcellentGREAT pictures...  
It's a fantastic continent you are living in. Next time i go down there it will be for hunting.Excellent
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Originally posted by Claus Claus wrote:

ExcellentGREAT pictures...  
It's a fantastic continent you are living in. Next time i go down there it will be for hunting.Excellent


Yes Claus I must say we are truly blessed to be living in Africa, not so much for the ecnomy and crime which sucks. But our wildlife and scenery are stunning.
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 WOW......
I bet i could break the speed limit with that bunch chasing me Smile
In Kenya we saw a herd of app. 700-800 waterbuffalos we passed real slow in the safari car. It is REAL big animals.


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Originally posted by Glock Glock wrote:

Thanks Ilya

That's really good advice and it makes sense on what you are advising to look for.

These are the cameras I have been looking at the so far, as it falls well with in my budget.

Panasonic FZ 200
Sony DSC-HX200V
Sony DSC-HX20V/B

Are the mirrorless cameras worth the extra money, I'm prepared to save a bit more. If it means buying properly the first time. I don't want to buy twice.

Out of these, for taking telephoto pictures, the FZ-200 easily outclasses the other two.

Whether the mirrorless cameras are worth the extra money is a pretty personal choice.  I like photography and it is a pretty serious hobby for me, so a system camera makes sense.  I had a DSLR system before, but I sold off all my lenses and switched to mirrorless.  It gives me the same capability in a smaller package.  However, for an allround system, you are still looking at a much larger kit, than you would with an all-in-one.

For example, to cover the same focal length range that you get with the FZ-200, you would need a mirrorless body and a minimum of two or three lenses.  Overall cost of that system will approach $2k.  Briefly looking at prices on Amazon, here is the least expensive way (I think) to get an equivalent focal length range:

Panasonic GX-1 body on closeout: $280
Panasonic 100-300mm lens: $500
Panasonic 45-150 lens: $210
Panasonic 14-45 lens: $300

I can probably find some other lens combinations, but this is pretty representative.

That adds up to about $1300.  Add another $200-$300 for a camera bag, spare battery and a few filters and you have a very complete system for well below $2k.  That is an amazing deal from a photography standpoint and the only thing really missing is a proper portrait lens, which might not be that important for you.

You will be getting a lot of capability for that money and it is a good deal, but it is still a lot of money.  Plus you have to be willing to drag all the extra pieces with you, change lenses depending on the situation, etc.

Honestly, if I was already humping a bunch of gear with me, I would probably buy the FZ-200 and be done with it.  Electronics advance so quickly these days, that they become obsolete in a couple of years anyway. FZ-200 will keep you taking pictures with minimal fuss for quite some time.

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That is outstanding info, ILya.  Thank you for all of us. 
 
How'd you know I was looking for a great camera for my wife???
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

That is outstanding info, ILya.  Thank you for all of us. 
 
How'd you know I was looking for a great camera for my wife???

Any time.

What kind of photography does she like?

ILya
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Thanks Ilya I think you should start a post called Koshkin's Camera Advice, I have learnt quite a bit from what you have told me.

I will need to get through to one of the bigger city's to have look at the Panasonic, people around here dont stock them. The write ups i read spoke very highly of the Panasonic, only negative thing i've heard is that the sensor is to small. Do you think this is the case, and how does the Panasonic stack up to the likes of Cannon and Nikon? Forgive me for racking your brain so much.
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