What’s in our SAFARI CAMERA BAG with wildlife photographers Charl and Sabine Stols. Chobe, Botswana.


Hi guys. Sabine and Charl from Pangolin
Photo Safaris. Today we stand out in our pool deck of
The Pangolin Chobe Hotel. As you can see behind me our natural pool with a
sunken fire pit where we like to sit at night and have our drinks. We would
like to show you today what we have in our bag. Charl and I usually travel
together, so we like to share our equipment as well, so that’s why we
would like to give you an overview of what we take with us, especially if we do
trips elsewhere in The Chobe as well as going to other places on safari in
Africa. Okay, so let’s start off. First of all we normally use this normal
backpack, where we could fit as much as possible in – depending on the location –
and this fits very easily in any plane. So let’s start off here. Myself and Sabine each have a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II that we are using. We also have some backup cameras, including a 1 DX 1 and a 5D just for backup. Depending on location, we always like to
bring another camera along, but I found it is crucial to have extra camera. We also
then have the 500mm f4 and a 200-400mm from Canon with a built-in
converter. So, between the two of us, we always play with them – depending on location
and where we go. If I take the 500mm, I will also take a second body with the
100-400mm. I think that this is a very nice combination. Then we also have
the 70-200mm, which we mainly use for portraiture. The macro lens that I like to
use in the rainy season. There are a lot of insects that we have here in the Chobe. Then
a Canon EF 50mm F/1.2L. These two lenses – the 50mm and 70-200mm – we
use for portraiture. So, if you like portraiture, this is nice. When we go to
Namibia and we shoot, for example, the Himba’s, these are the two lenses that we were mainly using for the portraiture. This is an extender if you would like to use an
extender if you needed extra reach. This is what we have mainly in our bag.
Then of course, we have a wide angle lens. In this case, this is Sigma 14-24mm F2.8, which is very nice for landscape and astrophotography. With regards to
astrophotography, if you ever want to do that and sometimes you don’t plan for it, but it might be just a nice starry night out there. Then (of course) you will need a
tripod, otherwise you won’t get any sharp stars. So if you can manage to get one
in your carry-on, then take a tripod with you for those cases. Or, make sure
wherever you travel they have tripods that you can use. If you
want to do astrophotography or star photography and would like to avoid camera shake through other than holding your camera – you and pressing the shutter button, this is where it comes in handy to have a remote control
/ remote shutter control, which is this right here. Instead of pressing the
button you just slide a little button and then shutter will go. Also if you
want to do long exposures – maybe a star trail – and you want to keep your shutter
open for a long amount of time, you can just manually slide it and then come
back after a certain amount of time and just slide it back again. We have just ordered two new remote controls from B&H, which has a built-in intervalometer, which is used to take in a certain amount of pictures over a certain time, in set intervals. This remote is not capable of that, so you
need to check when you buy, if there’s a built-in intervalometer. Also check
some cameras have it built-in in camera. The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II unfortunately doesn’t have it, which is why we have just ordered it for ourselves. Something just to come back to
with regards the cameras. Always have enough batteries. Here we have a couple of extra batteries for the 1D X Mark I and II.
Luckily they work on both cameras, so that’s why we have them. Of
course we have a charger. We have a couple of rechargeable batteries for flashes when you need it. I personally don’t use too much flashes. I like
natural light, but in portraiture sometimes you need that fill in flash or
that side light, then put it on a tripod and then via remote, you have a
little bit of side light. Besides the cameras, it is really handy to have computers with you. I have a MacBook Air and Charl has a MacBook Pro which we take on our travels. Back
home we have a bigger workstation, but for travel – the smaller the better – to easily fit into our backpack, which is very handy. Obviously the laptops are there to back-up our images after we come back from a trip. We will download our memory cards. We have a few CF cards, which are the cards we use for Canon. For the 1D X we also have a couple of CFast cards, which are
very handy because they even faster and are good for video as well. So make
sure you have plenty of memory cards and also make sure that you have the latest
update of your editing software. We use Adobe Lightroom, so make sure you have it updated before you go on your trip, otherwise you might struggle when you
get there. To our basic workflow we have a couple of SSD hard drives
– something like this – nice and small, which you can buy for quite cheap today. You can take those with you to back-up your images, and load them on there. We have a couple of them, so we try and make a back-up on two separate
hard drives just to make sure we have everything safe. In our cameras, we have two card slots, and we record to both of them – just to
make sure we don’t lose any pictures. Cleaning wise, you also want to take care
of your equipment. You never know the the conditions – especially in Africa. Often you will have lots of dust when you go out in a game drive, or you
might have rain and some splatters on your camera. So make sure you have some lens cleaning wipes with you. Pangolin have made these little guys which are very helpful to get rid of little water droplets
or dust on your lens. Plus a little liquid can help. Sometimes you have stubborn marks on
your lens. Spraying that on before you try and clean it will help
you as well. If you decided to join us – wherever the location might be – and you are not sure what equipment you need, or what equipment to bring. Please don’t
hesitate to send us an email or message. Follow us on Facebook. We can then give you an idea on what equipment will be suitable for you. You
don’t necessarily have to go and buy the most expensive stuff there is, but send us an email and we can talk. We can then let you know what you need. All right, we realize this is a lot of equipment, and if you only one person traveling, then of
course that would be too much to take. We would like to narrow it down and
Charl will share what he thinks is the best to take on an African Safari –
if you have very limited space. For me (of course) space is always an
issue. I would probably – if I can – go with a 500 fix, or a 600 fix, if you have. Plus a zoom lens to bring along for when you need to be a little bit
closer. I would pack a zoom lens, an extra body and a wide-angle. That (I think)
would be for me a perfect combination for Africa. Second option. If you even
have less space. Then just pack a zoom lens. In this case a 200-400mm with a 1.4 extender. You don’t necessarily need such an expensive lens. These days you get very good alternative zoom lenses. Sigma. Tamron, who produce a 150-600mm lens. From Canon you have a 100-400mm, which could sometimes be short, but on a crop sensor this would work perfect.
Nikon offer the nice 200-500mm zoom lens, so, you don’t
necessarily need a prime lens. If you can bring a prime lens, then definitely pack a prime lens with one zoom lens and a wide angle. That will be my bag. Please don’t forget your laptop. We also offer post-processing here if you come and
visit us in The Chobe. If you bring your own laptop then we can sit together and edit
some images. Please don’t forget to subscribe. Press the bell button below if
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