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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Gear to bring to Uganda


I know, I know, the inevitable gear question.

At the end of next month I'm going for a 3 weeks roundtrip to Uganda visiting a lot of National Parks.
We will be travelling with four in a Toyota Land-cruiser with driver/guide.
In the Parks we will have local guides.
I'm pretty set on what gear to take with me.

D810, D500, 24-120/4, 70-200/4, 200-500/5.6, 24/1.4, 58/1.4, 105/1.4, 300PF, 1.4x TC
D810 + 24-120 as walk around
D810 + 70-200 and D500 + 200-500 for safaris (Jeep and Boat), birding
D810 + 70-200 and D500 + 300PF + TC for walking safaris
D810 + D500 + 24 + 58 + 105 for Chimp- and Gorilla trekking (dense rainforest) and people (probably not much)
This all fits in a ThinkThank Accelerator. The weight of the gear is about 8,5kg

Should I take the grips with me? There's room, but it's an extra kg (including batteries).
I'll have a Think Tank Retrospective 10 in the luggage (filled with cloths ).



Jul 17, 2017 at 01:45 PM
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8,5 kilos is quite something to wear on your back on a hike lasting half a day, or a day. Still though, I often have to carry a bit more then 8 kilos, and it is not impossible. The questions are?

Can you think with all that gear on your back? I find my creative thinking does better when I'm not weighed down like that. Still, once in a lifetime occasion. You don't want to be cauht desiring for a lens you left back home

How well are you going to be supplied with powersockets? Extra batteries might come in handy on longer excursions and gris prevent your hands from going tired due to the lack of ergonomics



Jul 17, 2017 at 10:40 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Gear to bring to Uganda


If it were me with that gear...I'd go
D810 24 120 f4
D500 200-500 5.6vr

You can swap either lens as needed and enjoy the trip



Jul 18, 2017 at 12:25 AM
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Chris,

I went to Uganda for about the same length of time, three days with the gorilla trekking was to be the highlite however there was so much more to be seen in the small villages, parks, and even the larger cities such as Kampala, etc. We spent 4 days with the Chimpanzees that I was totally blown away with.

I have been to Africa several times but never to Uganda and it was one of my fav trips. The trekking, esp. the chimp treks require relatively long hikes in very rain forest,, We moved along quite fast and then would sit and observe. I highly advise hiring one of the Porters for your gear, they are eager and willing, and worth the money. My guide suggested that I was tipping them too much however each day with the Chimps we covered 7 to 9 miles and every morning I had to choose from about 4 or 5 willing to carry my gear. The word got around as later I learned I was paying double what most paid, I'd do it again.

I took my 200/2 for the chimps and gorilla however the 70-200/2.8 or/4, would now be my choice on my D5 along with the 300PF for the young ones if you get lucky, where the D500 would reach out to them. On my trip I took only two bodies, the D800e and D4s, now it would be the D5 and D500. I might take the D810 as well.

My other main lens was the 24-70/2.8. For myself, if I return, I would limit my lens selection more than I did, I would take the 18-35, (24-70-2.8 or 24-120), either one of the 70-200's, the 300PF and the 80-400. I have the 400/2.8 FL, 500/4, and the 600/4 FL but all three would stay home. My main goal was the mammals, what I was surprised how many photos I came back with of the people, villages, road stands, traffic and general scenery.
I never once missed the big tele's even though I thought I would. One of our group did bring a 500/4 along, but rarely used it. A good friend told me to leave the bis lens home in Uganda, turned out he was right, as we spent two of the three weeks in the bush. No tripod but I did take a monopod along.

Oh yes, I did get all the pictures I ever dreamed about of the mammals. and the Chimps moved into my favorite ahead of the gorilla. They gave some superb poses in the deep dark forrest that I cherish. The whole trip was one of the best I've experienced in Africa.

One thing I highly recommend is a system to carry both bodies while shooting chimps/gorillas for ease of access.
I don't like straps dangling esp while trying to keep up with the chimps. I used a Cotton Carrier harness but there others that work.

I'm envious and I hope you have the same experience we did. Good luck and have a great trip! Remember they call them Rain Forests for a reason. You might be lucky like our guide who had a chimp dump on him from thirty feet in the air while we took a break for lunch. Quite a sight.

Cheers,
Gerard



Jul 18, 2017 at 01:10 AM
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the solitaire wrote:
8,5 kilos is quite something to wear on your back on a hike lasting half a day, or a day. Still though, I often have to carry a bit more then 8 kilos, and it is not impossible. The questions are?

Can you think with all that gear on your back? I find my creative thinking does better when I'm not weighed down like that. Still, once in a lifetime occasion. You don't want to be cauht desiring for a lens you left back home

How well are you going to be supplied with powersockets? Extra batteries might come in handy
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The 8,5 kg is just the gear, with backpack and accessories it's about 11kg. The bag will be most of the time in a car or on a boat, so not so much to lug around. With trekkings I don't take all the gear with me (the 200-500 stays in the car/hotel and perhaps some more). With the trekkings I hire a porter for $10/15 for a day.

I have six batteries for the day. Every lodge has electricity (although not the whole day).
If I take the grips with each 8 AAA batteries it should be definitely enough, but an extra kg + loader. Perhaps a car charger. With the grip on the D810 I get 2fps more in DX-mode but heck, that's why I have the D500.
I have a GPS unit (Aokatech) on both cameras and that's power consuming, but 3 batteries per camera/day should be enough.

If I don't need everything I can put a few lenses in the shoulder bag (city walk).



Jul 18, 2017 at 06:49 AM
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Taoguy wrote:
Chris,

I went to Uganda for about the same length of time, three days with the gorilla trekking was to be the highlite however there was so much more to be seen in the small villages, parks, and even the larger cities such as Kampala, etc. We spent 4 days with the Chimpanzees that I was totally blown away with.

I have been to Africa several times but never to Uganda and it was one of my fav trips. The trekking, esp. the chimp treks require relatively long hikes in very rain forest,, We moved along quite fast and then would
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The last time I was in Africa I had a 200-400 (on a D300s) with me. Very good, but often not long enough. Another reason for the 200-500 is there're over 1000 species of birds in Uganda and I want to catch a few.
I sold the 80-400 in favour of the 300PF, which I find much better in IQ and weight but of course less versatile.

I have a Black Rapid Double Strap, which is an ease to use. For the batteries/cards and all other stuff I wear a photo vest.

A 105E on the D500 is close to the D4s + 200 and about half the weight. In crop mode you get a 200/1.4 with the same pixels/duck :-)
I could swap the 24 for the 18-35G. But I planned the 24 for it's 1.4
My idea with the trekking is to use the zooms when it rains (no changing) and the primes when it's dry and/or dark. When it both rains and it's dark I probably put the 105 on de D810 and the 24 on the D500

We'll do a trekking for Golden Monkeys as well for that I take the 70-200 on the D810 and 300PF (+TC?) on the D500
I could put a 24/18-35 in the pocket, but I don't think I would need wide. Perhaps the 58 in the pocket.

Thanks for sharing your experience, only 6 weeks to go.



Jul 18, 2017 at 07:20 AM
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bocajrs wrote:
If it were me with that gear...I'd go
D810 24 120 f4
D500 200-500 5.6vr

You can swap either lens as needed and enjoy the trip


I'm afraid that's not going to work for me, but I sure will enjoy the trip., thanks.



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I had the D810 D500 combo for a while. Nice set up.

D810 + D500 + 24 + 58 + 105 sounds like the kit.

I'm now EDC with a D5 and 24, 58, 105 and it isn't a problem. I've also taken D810 + DF + 24 + 58 + 105 on multi-day trips using Amtrak and backpacking with the wife. It isn't heavy really.

Part of me would want to hump that 300 f4 PF too though, just in case. I see where it is sweet on the D500.



Jul 18, 2017 at 11:21 PM
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ariot wrote:
I had the D810 D500 combo for a while. Nice set up.

D810 + D500 + 24 + 58 + 105 sounds like the kit.

I'm now EDC with a D5 and 24, 58, 105 and it isn't a problem. I've also taken D810 + DF + 24 + 58 + 105 on multi-day trips using Amtrak and backpacking with the wife. It isn't heavy really.

Part of me would want to hump that 300 f4 PF too though, just in case. I see where it is sweet on the D500.


Thanks, for close by it's good. For safari's and birding it's a little bit short.



Jul 19, 2017 at 09:08 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Gear to bring to Uganda


I made some fundamental changes with my gear. I got a killer deal on a 70-200E (second hand) and traded my 70-200/4.0G for that. I could get a nice price for my 24-120/4.0 and 24/1.4 and traded them for a 24-70E.
So now I'm set.
D810, D500 (with or without grip, I'm still not sure)
24-70E, 70-200E, 58G, 300E PF and 200-500E + 1.4x TC
A little under 8kg.
One thing is for sure; if I can't get good images I can't blame the gear.



Aug 04, 2017 at 09:12 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Gear to bring to Uganda


Just don't have a chimp take photos.


Aug 05, 2017 at 07:21 PM
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You're bringing the 300 PF because then you can leave the 200-500 back home (in the camp/jeep/boat) and save loads of weight, right?

I like your plan and will hold you to your words: you can't blame the gear if the pics suck



Aug 05, 2017 at 10:20 PM
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Yes, for walking safaris or in the jungle I don't want to lug around the 200-500.
The 200-500 is for car/boat safaris or birding.



Aug 06, 2017 at 08:11 AM







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