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jgeffner Aug 13, 2006 11:43 PM

I will be going to Botswana on a safari next year. I own several P&S cameras including a Panasonic FZ7 with a 12x zoom. Has anyone used this type of camera in Africa? I would appreciate all of you expects advising me on weather you think I should get a SLR. The only thing stopping me is the size and weight. Thanks for all of your thoughts!

Sintares Aug 14, 2006 2:56 AM

I have seen many safari shots taken by similar cameras to your Pany, eg Sony H1-5 and Canon S2-3 and they did the job well.

Maybe buy a decent tcon and wcon for the camera, plus the standard accessories, uv filter (mostly to keep flying dust from the lens mechanism), ND and polarising filters.

Do Pany even make tcons for the FZ7 ?

Might have to go with a good off brand model , Sony make an excellent 58mm x1.7 for their H series or the Olympus tcon-14 or tcon-17.

jgeffner Aug 14, 2006 9:19 AM

Thanks for the reply. I will sound stupid but I do not know what a tcon or wcon is?

Meeky Aug 14, 2006 10:31 AM

tcon - teleconverter

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"wcon - wide angle converter

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"If you camera for example is maxed out on zoom at 432mm (don't have specs in front of me) then a x1.7 tcon will take you to over 730mm

jgeffner Aug 14, 2006 11:02 AM

Thanks Meeky! If I were to spend all that money shouldn't I just get a slr with a 300mm lens? By the time I add the adaptor and the tcon the camera is just about as big. Do I really need that much zoom?

cshel Aug 14, 2006 11:23 AM

I think to take pictures of birds you well may need that much zoom. For larger animals, especially closer, 12x may be enough.


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