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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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New Canon EOS 1000D announcement


Canon has just announced the new EOS 1000D 10.1 megapixel digital SLR. I suspect this would be an excellent camera for me to tote around in my laptop bag, as I have a love/hate relationship with my Canon G9. Normally I don't carry my 1DsMkIII camera with me in my laptop bag, but recently I have it ready to go with me and my wife to the hospital, as we are expecting a new addition to our family very very soon. Gotta have a camera with me! So I am well aware that a 1 series camera is too bulky and a G9 isn't perfect camera. Why don't I like the G9? Well, it is great when toting it around in a bag, but isn't great when you want a pocket camera for times when you don't want a small bag with you. Additionally, the G9 files are pretty nasty as ISO 400, which is a pretty common speed for me to work at (if not higher). I don't like to use flash unless I absolutely have to, and at ISO 400 I pretty much have to if working indoors.

The new Canon 1000D might be an excellent G9 replacement, because it isn't that much bigger, and I could just put a few fast primes in my bag and voila. Good to go. I have become extremely spoiled with shooting my family indoors at ISO 1600 with no flash, and any camera that cannot do this leaves me disappointed. Here is a quote from Wired:

"Canon has announced its new EOS 1000D (Digital Rebel XS in the US), an entry level DSLR which fits into the range under the new EOS 450D (Rebel XSi).

Canon has squeezed a lot into the new body, showing just how competitive this part of the market has become. There's a 10.1 MP CMOS sensor hooked up to the latest DIGIC III processor. The 2.5" LCD has live view and the autofocus has seven focus points. You also get a fairly speedy three frames per second which will throw JPEGs at the SD card until it is full. The 1000D also incorporates a vibrating sensor cleaner.

The US price will not be announced until next month, but we expect it to be around $200 less than the 450D. The European price is official, though: €550 ($855)."

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I sfrankly can see no reason to choose 1000d /xs over 450D / xsi, price different is too small considering the features. Here is a comparison table for you:

September 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdarkk

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