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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Canon EOS-1D MkIII Announced

Well, the hammer dropped today and Canon announced their latest offering in their professional 1-series camera line. The EOS-1D Mk III was announced, and you can read more details at the link below.

The Canon Japan EOS-1D MK III web page

There are some nice highlights that sound enticing for my wildlife photography needs:

  • High-capacity, lightweight and compact lithium-ion battery with estimated battery life display. New, smaller charger (yeah!)

  • 10 frames per second (wow)

  • 10.1 megapixels

  • Joystick autofocus selection (about time)

  • Integrated Cleaning System (This is huge for me)

  • 14-bit A/D conversion for smoother transitions. Less banding, perhaps?

  • ISO 100-3200

  • Large and bright 3.0-inch LCD monitor (Not that big of a deal for me)

  • Maximum burst of up to 30 raw shots

  • flash sync speed of 1/300sec (I do wish for 1/500 from what I used to have with the original 1D)

Will I purchase this new camera? Perhaps. My hesitation comes in two forms. I will need to support yet another battery type, as my 1DsMkII uses the older batteries, as well as the camera's interface will be different from my 1DsMkII. That can potentially mess me up when working quickly out on safari.

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IP: vmcvay1@comcast.netURL: http://Don't worry about battery's and interface. I am sure that canonwill come out with a 1ds mark iii to match in the fall, and Itwill only be another 8000.oo to spend. HA HA
March 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commentervmcvay123

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