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I'm flying SA in September and yes, 8Kg is a bit on the light side.

My plan is:
- Use my wife's handbag for some bits and a small lens (women get a handbag as well as hand luggage).
- Use the pockets in my combat trousers for some other bits and a small lens (just zip the legs off and put those through the scanners to save time emptying packets).
- Ship non-essentials in the hold luggage as I get 2x 23Kg and I've got a Peli-like case that's going to have a Parrot drone, batteries, camera batteries, spare phone, filters, trail cam and batteries, etc.

I suppose a camera vest would work well too, but I just can't bring myself to buy one. 

Just pack what you NEED to pack in your hand luggage.

I did a trip a few years ago and the all-up weight (hand and hold luggage) was only 15Kg.  Now that took some planning to pack and strip stuff down to essentials - battery grips removed, minimal spare batteries, minimal clothes and I "wore" a lot of stuff onto the plane in pockets ;)

Don't forget to enjoy the trip and look atthe wildlife through your eyes  :)

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: Today at 06:21:11 AM »
Batteries, battery grips and remotes.

So far no problems!  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:49:43 AM »
Still on Amazon.co.uk.  Still at £899.  No sign of price cuts over here, and guessing a definite $ for £ pricetag for the 7DII  >:(

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II specs appear at Snapsort
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:43:53 AM »
Yes, they look quite reasonable and accurate.  For example, the 13.8µm pixel size, which is twice the size of the 1D X pixels and much larger than any APS-C camera.  Or the 0.38x viewfinder magnification, a pretty big step down from the 7D's 1.0x, don't you think?  Oh, and it was announced well over a year ago.

This is Snapsort trying to draw hits to their site.  I'm sure they appreciate your help...

and it doesn't even have DPAF......

DPAF?  that's soooo 2013  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 45x Zoom for Waterproof Camera
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:38:36 AM »
Great.  Another naff enhancement to a naff camera.  The Nikon and Olympus kick the @r5e out of the D30 on image quality and fps and have closer to f2.0 lenses (Olympus TG-2 / TG-3 are f2.0), so they doesn't need to go up the ISO ladder to take the same shots that the Canon does.

I'm buying an Olympus Tough TG-3, as the D30 was a total dissapointment.

Surely creating a naff product doesn't cost much less than creating a good (not great, but good) product?

Photography Technique / Help: lightning photography?
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:46:30 AM »
Hi guys,
We had a great storm last night with loads of lightning. I tried to take some shots but nothing came out.

I have a 7d and a 5diii at my disposal along with a canon 24-70, 70-200 is I and a tammy 150-600. I was using the 7d and 24-70 last night.

Could anyone please let me know what sort of settings would be best on which camera and which lens, as we are scheduled for more lightning tonight.

Huge thanks in advance,

Grant :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII CF vs SD slot performance?
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:59:49 AM »
Hi guys,

thanks for confirming that- I thought that there was some issue with maximum speed of the SD slot.  I only intend to use the SD cards if I run out of space on the CFs, so unlikely to run with both cards in the body at the same time.

Thank again,

Grant  :)

EOS Bodies / 5DIII CF vs SD slot performance?
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:36:00 AM »
Hi guys,

I've recently purchased a 5DIII, to get some practice in before my holiday as the 7D2 won't be ready in time.  I was wondering what the performance difference was when shooting CF vs SD, what with the dual slots.

I've got some OK speed (266x and 600x) CF cards and some OK speed SD cards (30mb/s and 45mb/s).  My reason for asking is  that I have a raft of the SD cards, accrued over the last few years for shooting twin 60D, and not many CFs.  I was wondering if when on safari I ran out of CF space, I could switch to SD, but how much fps would I loose?

I'll be mainly using the 5DIII for lanscape and closeup animals, but might want to set it to rapid fire, or even video if anything interesting happens.

Many thanks,


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement September 5, 2014?
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:56:42 AM »
Too late for me  :(  I needed one in my hand by the announcement date, so I've just bought a 5DIII.  Hey ho.  I hope the 7D2 is all that it's cracked up to be, as it'll be handy in a few years time when I've saved up enough for a another safari.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Ended: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM For Sale
« on: July 03, 2014, 12:19:47 PM »
Methinks it was a scam. I looked at it and as soon as I saw the words "Selling on behalf of <some famous south Koran photographer>" and "my paypal limit is $5000, so you will have to pay in another way" it jut looked soooo dodgy, especially given the small bits of kit and other odds and ends the guy had sold.

Hey ho.  Expecting a lottery win this weekend so I'll order up the 13th one direct from Canon  ;)

Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:05:51 AM »
In the UK, they might as well forget it exists. Out of stock everywhere for months. All you see is "on order from the supplier" or similar.

Try ordering it with Jessops - I got one three weeks after ordering it with them.

how long ago was that?  I ordered mine from Jessops at the start of June and they're still telling me tht it'll be "a couple fo weeks".

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:51:17 AM »

I spoke to someone who said that their brother's mother's cousin's ex-boyfriend's lover said that it would come in pink.

Pink?  What's the point of that?  At least white would lean towards arctic camouflage  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark-II as an action oriented DSLR
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:15:57 AM »
Other: 24mp, dual pixel, 10 fps, i.e. more than 70D resolustion, same fps as 1DIV

Dual Digic 6 (maybe single Digic 6 and a Digic DV 4 if movie-oriented, though I hope not) or maybe dual Digic 6+ if that has been developed yet to make it a true rocket-ship of a camera.

We can hope  :)

Lenses / Re: Filter for Tamron 150-600?
« on: June 13, 2014, 03:41:18 AM »
Hi guys,

thanks for your feedback - especially about the Marumi, as I hadn't heard much about them before.

I prefer Melitta or Folgers filters. Disposable, and inexpensive. they have some vignetting though  ;)

photonius, thanks.  You forgot to mention they biodegrabable too!  Not too sure about their UV filtering ability, but might make for a romantic misty feel to the shot as the lion is tyrying to rip my face off  ;)

Cheers guys!   :)

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