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 Post subject: Safari Camera advice
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:49 am 
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One of my joys in life is travel photography.. I have a Canon 50D and a ton of lenses from wide angle to my 100-400l zoom.
I also own an Olympus Pen3 and also have a fairly complete set of high quality lenses.
I bought the Olympus for a trip through Nepal about 18 months ago. I needed less weight as I traveled to high altitude in winter and just could not have coped with the weight of a DSLR. I got some great photos but found action shots useless and the dynamic range a little lacking.

I have a new trip organised ....Eastern Africa including climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking Gorillas and chimps as well as classic safari.
As far as the safari part goes we are travelling from Uganda to Tanzania as a private trip with just our family and a guide, cook/driver and will be camping for a lot of it but mixing it up with some very small private lodges.
My concerns are this...my 50D is ageing compared to what is available now. I love low light photography and neither camera cuts the mustard with today's standards.

DSLR is so heavy! I just don't think I can go down the full frame pathway.

My thoughts are to take the 50d with a long zoom for safari and upgrade the pen3 to either an olympus omd or pen5.

Any suggestions?

Micro Four Thirds Lenses
M.Zuiko Digital 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 Ultra Zoom
M.Zuiko Digital 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 Ultra Wide Zoom
M.Zuiko Digital 12mm f2.0 Super Wide Prime
M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 Telephoto Prime
Panasonic 20mm f1.7 fast pancake prime lens

Canon Lenses
Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8
Tamron 18-270 mm
Canon 10-22mm lens
Canon 50 mm 1.4
Canon 100-400

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Olympus OMD EM-1: Olympus Pen EP3: GoPro Hero 3+: Canon 50D :
M.Zuiko PRO 12-40/2.8: M.Zuiko Digital 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 Ultra Zoom: M.Zuiko Digital 9-18m f4.0-5.6 Ultra Wide Zoom
M.Zuiko Digital 12mm f2.0 Super Wide Prime: M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 Telephoto Prime :Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8 : Canon 100-400 : Tamron 18-270 mm : Canon 10-22mm lens : Canon 50 mm 1.4
Benro Carbon Fibre Tripod C-258 + B-1 Head


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 Post subject: Re: Safari Camera advice
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:15 pm 
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sounds like an awesome trip.

An obvious upgrade to the 50D (812g ) is the 7D ( 900g). The new full frame 6D ( 755g) is actually lighter than the 50D and the 7D. So full frame doesn`t need to be heavier than crop sensor.
If the step up from 50D to 7D is worth it, is hard to judge, maybe have a look at Gordon`s review of the 7D, it has a better focus system and pretty good up to iso3200. But its not a huge step up image quality wise and if you stick to centre focus the 50D is no slouch.
Then for light weight DSLR there is the small Canon 100D. http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon ... _SL1_100D/


I don`t know the Olympus gear at all, so cannot comment, but seems to make sense to build a system around one manufacturer. Doubling up on batteries, chargers, etc seems to add weight unnecessarily. Why take two systems on a trip? So maybe just upgrade the Olympus to the latest and with your collection of lenses it should cover most scenarios.

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 Post subject: Re: Safari Camera advice
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:41 am 
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Any new thoughts? Olympus em1?
7 weeks before I go and still unsure if I should buy something new.

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Olympus OMD EM-1: Olympus Pen EP3: GoPro Hero 3+: Canon 50D :
M.Zuiko PRO 12-40/2.8: M.Zuiko Digital 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 Ultra Zoom: M.Zuiko Digital 9-18m f4.0-5.6 Ultra Wide Zoom
M.Zuiko Digital 12mm f2.0 Super Wide Prime: M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 Telephoto Prime :Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8 : Canon 100-400 : Tamron 18-270 mm : Canon 10-22mm lens : Canon 50 mm 1.4
Benro Carbon Fibre Tripod C-258 + B-1 Head


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 Post subject: Re: Safari Camera advice
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:47 am 
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Only thing I can think to add is that you could get similar coverage as your Canon 100-400mm on your 50D in a lighter and smaller package with a Panasonic 100-300mm (full disclosure: I own a copy of this lens) or Olympus 75-300mm. Or, if you do decide to buy an E-M1, you could even use Oly's standard (not micro) 4/3 70-300mm (with an adapter).

Mark

P.S. one note of caution: if you're still considering an E-P5, I believe that's one of the bodies that exhibits banding at high ISOs with the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens you have. (I know for a fact this happens with my E-PL5 and 20mm f1.7) So you might want to pick up an Oly 17mm f1.8 or Pany 25mm f1.4 for your low-light work. (That's what I did, anyway.) That's assuming you even want something between 12mm and 45mm, of course.
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Olympus E-PL5

Olympus 12mm f2.0
Olympus 17mm f1.7
Olympus 45mm f1.8
Olympus 75mm f1.8
Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6
Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6

Panasonic GH1, GH2

Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Panasonic 25mm f1.4
Panasonic 14-140mm f4.0-5.8 (2x)
Panasonic 100-300mm f4.0-5.6

Voigtlander 17mm f0.95

Canon T4i/650D, 70D

Canon 28mm f1.8
Canon 35mm f2.0
Canon 50mm f1.4
Canon 50mm f1.8
Canon 85mm f1.8
Canon 100mm f2.0
Canon 135mm f2.0
Canon 200mm f2.8

Canon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 (EF-S) (STM)
Canon 17-55mm f2.8 (EF-S)

Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 (EF-S)
Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 (EF-S)

Sony RX100
Samsung TL500/EX1


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 Post subject: Re: Safari Camera advice
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:40 am 
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Just bought an Olympus OMD EM-1 pro kit with the 12-40 2.8.

Will take the 50D and the EM-1 so I have 2 bodies.

Just need to decide what lenses to take!

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Olympus OMD EM-1: Olympus Pen EP3: GoPro Hero 3+: Canon 50D :
M.Zuiko PRO 12-40/2.8: M.Zuiko Digital 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 Ultra Zoom: M.Zuiko Digital 9-18m f4.0-5.6 Ultra Wide Zoom
M.Zuiko Digital 12mm f2.0 Super Wide Prime: M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 Telephoto Prime :Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8 : Canon 100-400 : Tamron 18-270 mm : Canon 10-22mm lens : Canon 50 mm 1.4
Benro Carbon Fibre Tripod C-258 + B-1 Head


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 Post subject: Re: Safari Camera advice
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:48 am 
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Considering also buying the 75 1.8 and perhaps a zoom to try out to eventually completely replace the canon 100-400.
Not sure what would be best.

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Olympus OMD EM-1: Olympus Pen EP3: GoPro Hero 3+: Canon 50D :
M.Zuiko PRO 12-40/2.8: M.Zuiko Digital 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 Ultra Zoom: M.Zuiko Digital 9-18m f4.0-5.6 Ultra Wide Zoom
M.Zuiko Digital 12mm f2.0 Super Wide Prime: M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 Telephoto Prime :Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8 : Canon 100-400 : Tamron 18-270 mm : Canon 10-22mm lens : Canon 50 mm 1.4
Benro Carbon Fibre Tripod C-258 + B-1 Head


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