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Photographic Gear for Safari in Tanzania
26-JAN-2008 Dr. Joshua Ong

Photographic Gear for Safari in Tanzania

Camera bodies: 1D MarkIII and 1Ds MarkIII
Lenses: Canon 500mm f/4.0L IS, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, 24-105mm f/4.0L IS, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G with adapter
Accessories: Battery Charger, Canon NP-E4 battery,
Canon EX 580II, Off-camera Flash Cord, Wimberley Flash Bracket, Better Beamer,
Canon 1.4X TC, Kenko 1.4X TC (to be stacked with the Canon TC), 77mm polarizer,
Gitzo Monopod plus RRS Lever Clamp, Walt Anderson Panning Ground Pod (to be used on beanbag), Optech Neoprene Lenscover,
2-250GB Western Digital portable drives, Giottos Rocket Blower, and microfiber cleaning cloth.
The whole shabang (except for the monopod that goes into my check-in lugagae) fits nicely into a MP-1 bag with some room to spare. But yes, the bag is heavy. So, far easy transport, especially at airports, I will use a collapsible, two-wheel lugage roller.

Not displayed: Vaio VGN-TZ170N, various SD and CF cards, ranging from 4GB to 16GB

Update after the trip:
First, security officers and airline employees within and outside the US didn't say anything about my carry-on lugage at all. No additional hand inspection was conducted;
actually they didn't even blink when they saw what I carried.
Second, I am really happy with how both cameras performed. I used the 1D Mark III about 70% of the 4,000 images I took on that trip.
Did I get out-of-focus images? Yes, of course, but I blamed myself for not always being able to track small birds using a long telelens, especially with the 1.4X TC attached to it. I managed to get qute a few, however.
All single focus shots and large moving animals are right on the money.

Canon EOS 5D ,Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8
1/13s f/8.0 at 45.0mm iso400 full exif

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