Pete’s and Vicki’s Gear
The gear that we use ranges from the digital world through to the film world. Yes we embrace both as there are advantages for both and there may come a time when film is no longer made and we will not be able to use my film cameras.
In this area we use the Fuji 16×7, Noblex Pro 12×6, Mamiya 645 and Nikon f100. Why so many cameras and why film. Each one of the film cameras has its own role and we use them where we feel the digital world hasn’t matched it at this point in time. The Larger format cameras are stunning in their final result but their prices are too prohibitive for most of us.Maybe in time these prices will drop.
We both have a Canon 6dmark 2 as we have just updated to this awesome camera and the canon 7dmark2 Both are outstanding cameras and I just think they are just perfect for us.
We love the Canon 6Dmark 2 as its an affordable camera, and the price is great. At the end of the day, why spend a lot of money on very expensive cameras when in a short period of time, they become left behind due to the fast changes that are made on the digital world.Remember it is not the camera that sees the image to be taken. It is you. The camera doesn’t sit there by itself and all of a sudden thinks’ Umm there is a good shot, I’ll take it!”
We love the 7d mark2. This camera is gold. We use it for all of our wildlife shots and at 10 frames a second, it is sensational!!! Why pay $8000 plus for the 1dx mark 2 for an extra few frames a second. Once again for us, I’d rather have two bodies for the price of one. Well you would get 3 bodies.
If you go to the other website, Africa Running Wild Safaris you’ll see what this camera is capable off and the images speaks for themselves.
Don’t get us wrong the 1Dx mark3 is Canon’s flag ship and is gold on so many levels and if money was no option, then it’s worth having in your kit.
The 7d mark2 is by far our favorite Canon camera for wildlife. We love that it is a half frame camera which means when you put the 100-400f5.6 mark2 on it, the crop factor kicks in and you never look back. Its takes the 400mm to 700mm plus.We use to use the 100-400 5.6 mark1 lens and if you have this lens, there is nothing wrong with it. The newer one is sharper but if you didn’t have the use of the new lens, you would be more than happy with the mark1 version.
If you have thinking about buying the mark1 version as you can’t afford the latest version, then go to the link below and all the pics there are taken with the mark 1 version of the 100-400 5.6 lens. You’ll see there is nothing wrong with these pictures. The 2016 trip to Africa was shot on the mark1 version of the 100mm-400mm 5.6 L series lens.
As already has been mentioned on this page Tours page, our blogs in Africa, 98% are taken with the 7Dmark2. The 10 frames a second is so fast and you never miss a beat with it
Both the 7d mark2 and the 6Dmark2 are awesome in low light. Canon have improved the low light capabilities so much more now that shooting at night with both of these cameras is not an issue.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to what works for you. For oursleves having the full frame for our landscape is a must and the 6D is ideal for that. If you are into wildlife photography , then in our opinion a half frame camera is a must and the 7D mark 2 works for us as well.
It all comes down to your own needs. What we will say is don’t get tricked, or talked into buying a camera that will set you back $4000 – $6000 if it is not what you want. You will be paying for technology that you’ll never use.
One of the reason that we would never invest in a body that will set you back over $4000 plus is that in this modern world of digital technology, things are changing so quickly that before you know it, if you are changing your cameras every 3-4 years, you are spending a large sum of money. Keeping things at a reasonable price means that you are able to afford the changes.
We have two vanguard Tripods that are outstanding and both have out lasted anything that we’ve ever had before. Our favourite is Altra Pro 264AT. What we love about this tripod is that I can take out the centre pole out and have the laying flat on the ground which makes it ideal for getting down low!!!
What’s our My Bag?
That will vary over time but basically we have two camera bodies, ( 6Dmark2 and the 7Dmark2-
We have a 16-35 f2.8, mark 1 and 2 version. That’s our favorite lens for landscapes. 100mm f2.8macro, not the L series, 24-105mm f4, 15mm fisheye linear and 70-200f4 L series which is so sharp and a fraction of the price of the 2.8 model and it is so light in comparison.The last lens is the 100-400 f5.6 mark 2 version which is so sharp and all of our African Wildlife shots are taken with this lens. The images speak for themselves with this lens.Below there are some examples for you to see.
This is why we love the 7d mark2 and the 100mm- 400mm L series so much. This is Vicki’s outstanding shot of the elephant playing at a waterhole.This image sums up without a shadow of doubt why we love this camera and lens. The attention to detail in this shot is outstanding and we have blown this image up to roughly 1.5 metres and the detail in the image is brilliant.
The picture below was taken at ISO 4000 and the results are sensational. A few years ago if you had to put your camera on ISO 4000 you would be so worried that it would come out awful. That’s another great plus with the 7 D mark2 is the high ISO results. They are remarkable. This was taken as the sun was coming up in Tanzania. It was either set the camera to ISO 4000 or not take the picture. As you can see the picture has come out fine. Just love the 7Dmark2. The perfect camera for wildlife along with the 100-400 f5.6 L Series for the price that you pay. Yes there are other options for wildlife photography that will cost 4x as much. We believe this is the best option for the quality that you get with the price that you pay.
Important to note- the 7d mark2 has been discontinued so I have been told but at the time of updating this page , you can still pick it up new if you search around if you are wanting to purchase one.
Below is an example of what 10 frames a second can capture for you. That’s why we think Canon’s 7d Mark 2 is such a good compromise and who knows what lies around the corner in the 7d series.
This sequence of two bulls having a fight was taken on the 7Dmark2 along with the 100-400 5.6 mm lens mark2 lens, the only thing that the camera did not capture was the crunch when they hit.That was so loud and sounded so bruising.
10 Frames a second will give you so many options and to be able to have that at a finger touch when photographing wildlife is priceless. Below are a few examples where the 10 frames a second shines. Remember, you will need to purchase a fast card to make sure you can still take the 10 frames a second. Put in a cheap and slow card and you will not get your 10 frames a second. Don’t forget that as this is often overlooked.
Capturing birds in flight at 10 frames a second is a must as when the session is completed, you can sit down and pick out the best shot in that series of shots and what is what you are looking at here. 10 frames a second just gives you that wonderful option where you can sit down and chose the best image out of the 10 that you have taken. In that bunch of pictures you will have a shot that will stand out and leave a smile on your face..
The shots below are all taken at 10 frames a second and I’ve picked what I thought was the best in each sequence.This is just an example to show you why I love this camera so much.
* We get asked all the time, what is the best set for wildlife photography. This is our preferred set up and we believe that it is a good compromise for what you pay. We have had people knock back what we suggest and have gone out a bought a much cheaper option to only later be disappointed in the results. Remember this final point, generally speaking what you pay for in the photography world is what you get back in your results.
Few of us , myself included are not in a position to buy the ultimate set up as the cost is out of our reach , that’s why we love the 7d mark 2 along with the 100-400 5.6 L series lens. The quality is sensational, it’s outstanding for what you pay.
The images will speak for themselves.