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Zimbabwe Africa Trip
I recently came back from a two week long trip in the heart of Zimbabwe, Africa. I accompanied a group of college students that were helping aid with medical and health work. We also supported a local orphan network by taking them many necessities they had a hard time getting there such as backpacks and personal items.
While I was there, I was able to spend some time focusing on the nature and wildlife of the beautiful country of Zimbabwe. From colorful birds to powerful lightning storms, they had it all! I also had the opportunity to spend a day in a game park, photographing many kinds of wildlife, which you will see pictured below.
In case you were wondering what equipment I took on the trip, here is a list of the cameras and lenses I took along:
70-200 VR II
For those of you who are considering going to Africa, keep in mind you may want to consider bringing a general zoom lens (ie. 16-85 or 24-120). Obviously light is not a problem in Africa, so a higher f-stop is not a huge problem. On the other hand, I found my 70-200 to be just perfect for larger wildlife such as giraffes and zebras, but significantly too short for the very abundant bird life – hence the shortage of bird pictures.
For the truck ride in the game park, the VR II system of the 70-200 worked amazingly! There’s no time (or space) to setup a tripod, so I was very grateful for the excellent vibration reduction system.
If you’ve had the privilege of experiencing Africa, feel free to tell us about it in the comments below, and share a link to your pictures!