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Old Apr 13, 2011, 12:05 PM   #1
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This July my wife and I are planning to go to Tanzania to see the migration of the wilder beast and Zebra from Serangeti to Masia Mara. We will be moving in a 4WD car all the time and will be watching the wild life from the car.

Is it better for me to carry a tripod or a monopod with me as my lens will be to heavy to take hand held pictures. I will be taking my Canon 70-200mm with IS along with 1.4x converter.

2. If I use a monopod do I keep the IS ON or turn it OFF ..
Please advice....

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Old Apr 13, 2011, 1:38 PM   #2
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I would use a carbon fiber monopod. It is quicket to set up, and will let you swing the camera faster. Yes I would keep the IS on on the lens. There is still some camera shake, just not as much.
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Old Apr 13, 2011, 6:33 PM   #3
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Sounds like a great trip you have planned. I would love to get over there and see those animals.

There's a manufacture that makes a carbon fiber tripod that can also be used as a monopod. One of the legs comes off and extends. Do a search and I'm sure you can find what I'm talking about. Here's one.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Angel_CF.html

There's another product that mounts the window you may be interested in.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Pod_Mount.html

I don't know how good they are so I can't reccomend any of them but there out there.

Good luck on your search and have a great safari.
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My guess is that the roads won't be paved, and that either a monopod or a tripod will cause some jarring of your camera and lens. I think you'd be better off handheld with IS, but I'd bring along something like a Gorillapod to attach to the vehicle, just in case.
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I do a lot of safaris...the car stops for you to take pictures. Its impossible to get a decent shot while the car's moving, because you're already trying to balance standing up through the roof hatch, and holding a camera isn't easy.

You wont need monopod or tripod, just something to rest your camera on on the roof of the car. Other visitors in the car may even object to tripod as it takes so much space.
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I do a lot of safaris...the car stops for you to take pictures. Its impossible to get a decent shot while the car's moving, because you're already trying to balance standing up through the roof hatch, and holding a camera isn't easy.

You wont need monopod or tripod, just something to rest your camera on on the roof of the car. Other visitors in the car may even object to tripod as it takes so much space.
You are the best person to guide me as my lens is quite heavy and it is impossible for me to get a good picture as I will surely get a hand shake. How and where do you rest your lens...? kindly advice.
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 6:28 AM   #7
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Which lens is heavy? the 55-250?

I'm sure you will be using a safari van or landcrusier? Those have roofs that pop open, so you get to stand and see game. They are lined usually with padding.

I suggest you get a bean bag, best solution. Anyways you wont be holding the camera for long...

http://media.lonelyplanet.com/lpi/14...-4/681x454.jpg

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