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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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What's In my camera bag? (update)

I tend to switch items in and out of my camera bag many times each year, and here is my latest and greatest for those who like to keep track of this. Please feel free to ask me any questions about what I think of this or that. I am not very proficient at updating my web site or adding content to this blog, so please drop me a line if you need any clarification.

35mm Gear:

Canon 1DsMkIII x 2

Canon 40D

16-35mm f/2.8 L II

24-70mm f/2.8 L

24-105mm f/4 L IS

70-200mm f/2.8 L IS

100-400mm f/4.5 L IS

400mm f/4 DO IS

500mm f/4 L IS

1.4x and 2x teleconverters

Medium Format Panorama Gear:

Fotoman 6x24



I carry all of these different setups using Gura Gear camera bags, which will begin shipping in June. I never take all of this equipment out into the field with me, as each safari, workshop or landscape shoot has specific goals and subject matter. For example, my typical Tanzania safari will only have 3 lenses and 2 cameras. But a combination landscape and wildlife trip to Namibia might have panorama film equipment. It just depends. I find that I always have 1 camera with the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on it at home all of the time for family shots. If you wonder where I get the time to practice blurred panning techniques, just imagine a 2 1/2 year old boy running around the house.

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Reader Comments (3)

Looking forward to seeing what Gura Gear is all about.

May 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

I'm a Nikon girl myself - just bought the D300 and absolutely LOVE it!

June 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Thanks, Liam.

To be honest, the 500mm is a better lens, but I just love the portability and small size of the 400mm DO. In the end, it is about getting *the shot* and not about MTF curves. I cannot tell you how often I am happy with my shots from the 400mm that I could have never gotten with the 500mm. I prefer the 400mm DO in southern Africa, primarily because I would rather use a monopod from vehicles over a full tripod and Wimberly setup. I feel like I am more flexibile in handling fast-developing situations with the DO.

If you are hearing bad things about the DO, you are probably reading threads on forums from people who aren't shooting enough. Every situation has an appropriate set of tools, and the DO is the right tool for me for my own situations. I prefer the 500mm when I am in Tanzania, but sometimes I end up using my 400mm DO if I rent out my 500mm to a safari traveler.

June 3, 2008 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

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