Photography for Africa Safaris
Most photographers that come for African photo trips take wildlife photography as a profession but the good quality of today’s equipment makes excellent results possible for anyone. The choice of the correct camera equipment and film will determine the quality of your photographs. A good SLR camera with telephoto lens is necessary for good photography of birds and animals. A zoom lens can be extremely useful on photographic tours Africa and the minimum recommended size is 200mm. Most of your photos will probably be taken on an 80-200mm lens.
Is it safe to take a photo safari in Tanzania
Tanzania Wildlife Photographic Safari Consideration should be given before travelling with any lens bigger than 400 mm as most interesting shots are taken using hand-held equipment. The new high-resolution digital cameras are outstanding and give great quality images. The advantage of digital photography is that you get instant feedback and adjustments can be made in the field to your techniques to ensure that your photographs are of high quality. If you are interested in wildlife photography, a Tanzania safari will be a perfect destination you would not want to miss because of its diverse photographic opportunities and political stability.
We make Tanzania photo safaris to fulfill special requests from professional photographers and photographic associations.
Cameras for Nature Photography, Wildlife Filming & Landscapes in Africa
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:
- 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.