Great video Philip! With a safari coming up, it's always good to refresh my memory on what to pack.
Well, most decent cameras are approaching that price range or a bit more. I don't know what you mean by telephoto lens reducing pixel counts/photo quality unless you are talking about cropping.
One thing to consider is not to take more camera equipment than necessary. I pondered about taking my Nikon Z7 and a multitude of lenses (or even just one lens), however I will be at a hunting safari not a photo safari and do not need the extra weight or the hassle of the bigger cameras. I even considered my Leica M with just one lens (but it is manual and too much of a hassle to give to someone to take photos).
After some research I decided to test the Fuji X100V, it is 28MP and 35mm equivalent. It is 5"x 3"x 2" weighing 1 lbs, so pretty compact and handy. I am looking at some case options with a belt loop so I can carry it on my belt and not worry about digging it out from my backpack. If a camera is not handy, it does not get used. So far testing has been pretty good, the f2 aperture is open enough for low light photos and it has enough overall resolution to do the equivalent of a digital zoom. Next test will be the video capabilities. I should have it dialed in by the time my hunt comes along in August.
And for those of you that take pics with your camera-same-ensure you have a mini SD card, because if your camera fills up with photos it has too little memory to properly operate when you need it! You won't always be able to upload the pics to "the cloud" considering where you're at.One thing that we all should do is something that I read on here a while ago. And that is to carry multiple memory cards for both your phone and digital camera. Then swap them out each night once you get back to the lodge.
Doing this will insure that the pictures taken that day should be safe until they are uploaded to a larger storage media once you get home. I know that when I went on my first safari that I took two digital cameras, one that I always had with me on my hip and one that I left in my pack usually in the truck, and I would take pictures with both throughout the day. But what would of happened if one of the memory cards would of become corrupted and no pictures were saved to it or they were not able to be retrieved?
If I would of changed out the memory cards each night I wouldn't have to worry too much about the above happening, at most all I would loose would be a days worth of pictures.
This is what I’ve been advising my hunters to do. I’ve also tried to hammer into them they they only need a max of 3 changes of clothes total! But many will buy a custom gun and expensive gear and not shoot off sticks enough.Exactly.
A good guideline is to stick to cotton and canvas in darker earth tone colors.
If you need general clothing, Carhartt and Duluth Trading are good sources.
Keep it simple and put more money into practice shooting off sticks than clothing.
We take 2 sets of clothing each, but 3 sets of socks & briefs. Nothing really special either, it’s what we wear most of the time anyway.This is what I’ve been advising my hunters to do. I’ve also tried to hammer into them they they only need a max of 3 changes of clothes total! But many will buy a custom gun and expensive gear and not shoot off sticks enough.
Same thing we do 2 sets of cloths plus what I'm wearing. 3 sets of socks and 3 undies.We take 2 sets of clothing each, but 3 sets of socks & briefs. Nothing really special either, it’s what we wear most of the time anyway.
Practice is the important part. Being a well dressed crappy shooter earns you 0 cool points.
I apologize for not being more specific.Same thing we do 2 sets of cloths plus what I'm wearing. 3 sets of socks and 3 undies.
I use to do that . But one of the places I hunted in 2018 only did laundry every other day and not on Sundays. Not that I cant wear the same clothes for 2 days, but I play it kind of safe now.I apologize for not being more specific.
2 sets of clothes total, one worn and the other packed. Also packed 2 more pairs socks and 2 briefs. Of course a light fleece...etc.
We travel quite light as a result of years of motorcycle camping and having to conserve space and weight.
I like hip packs, but I am biased as I have medical issues carrying weight on my shoulders. They sit tight and low which keeps branches from snagging it. They are smaller but it prevent you from overloading. You don't need more than 5-10 pounds of items all day.
I try to carry things the ph doesn't have. Imo, a knife is not necessary when you can say "hey, can I see your knife for a second". The less generic items in your pack means the more personalized items fit.