The rest of South Africa may have been gallivanting abroad in the last few months of European summer, but there’s nothing wrong with a good, old-fashioned bush trip. If you’ve got plans on the horizon to go on safari, make sure you’re going with the right camera equipment to capture the memory of a lifetime.
Camera bodies for your safari shoot
Before we get into lenses, let’s start with the basics: an actual. Everybody’s preferences are different, but you can’t really go wrong with the Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (Body Only) for R28,995 from Outdoorphoto. This baby is a bestseller for a reason. Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera is designed for lens interchangeability, giving photographers of every skill level the very best results. This kit contains everything you need to begin your photography journey!
But, if you’re looking for a slightly more budget-friendly option that still performs extremely well outdoors, then we can’t recommend the Nikon D500 highly enough. You can buy a used Nikon D500 body for R21,995 from Cameraworld, which stocks a range of secondhand camera equipment. The cropped sensor of the Nikon D500 is a budget win and will give newer photographers the advantage of increased lens reach.
Please do shoot the animals: zoom in on the action with camera lenses
Even on safari, sometimes you just can’t get close enough to the action. Make sure you never miss the shot with the right zoom lens! The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens (available from Cameraworld for R21, 195) is well-suited to capturing fast-moving objects. You can catch the breathtaking speed of a hunting cheetah with the click of a button. This camera lens boasts a telephoto range equivalent to 76mm to 213mm in 35mm film format, which offers a constant F2.8 max aperture. Perfect for action shots of a big kill!
On the other hand, for members of Camp Canon, we’ve got the Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Lens for R11,995 from Outdoorphoto. It’s a reliably versatile telephoto zoom with a super lightweight design. That makes it an ideal piece of camera equipment for wildlife photography. The support for Coordinated IS helps control up to six stops of camera shake and Nanon USM AF for faster focusing. It’s not just for capturing the action from far away, either! This is a good lens for producing crystal-clear images of close-up characters, like the birds and the bees.
While you’ve got you here, we’d love to talk more about the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Lens (available for R47,995 from Outdoorphoto). This gold-standard best-seller is a highly versatile telephoto zoom lens designed for use with a full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless camera. So, be sure to keep shopping for one of those if you don’t already have one! The sleek, weather-sealed design optimises this piece for handheld photography in the outdoors. The Optical Image Stabilisation steadies images and video for up to five stops. That makes this your best friend for low-light photography. A must-have for a sundowner shoot by the watering hole!
Camera carry-alls: bags and satchels
You’ve got to be able to trek around with your camera safely in tow, right? This Vanguard PAMPAS 13kg for R365 offers weatherproof exterior fabric and a velvety, anti-static interior. Your gear will be safe and sound in this over-the-shoulder camera holder!
If your adventures are going to be a bit more rough and ready, then consider investing in a backpack like this Lowepro Flipside Trek BP250 Camera Backpack for R3280. Not only will the backpack secure and protect your valuable camera gear, but it also comes with a bunch of handy compartments to stow away your personal items! A must-have multi-function bag for any wildlife photographer with a sense of adventure.
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