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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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Sabi Sand Safari Report - Day 8

Ok, let’s talk a little bit about camera gear and techie nerdy stuff. I have following gear with me:

  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon 16-35mm f/4
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII
  • Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VRII
  • Nikon 1.4x TC

I have the D800 on the 300mm f/2.8 and the D4 on the 70-200mm. The reasoning is that things that move quickly will be more likely to be closer and thus need better autofocus and more frames per second with the shutter. It’s not like the D800 is a piece of junk, but the D4 really is a more professional wildlife camera. When I am reviewing my images I am emotionally responding to the D800 more favorably, primarily because of the humongous file sizes. If I need to crop I don’t feel bad about losing some pixels. Let’s be frank: cropping a 36mp raw file to a ‘puny’ 25mp isn’t a big deal at all. I love the D4, but I would be more likely to come here again with a pair of D800/D800e bodies than to have a D800/D800e and a D4. My print sales business does better when I am able to feel comfortable about printing off 20x30, 24x36 and 40x60 canvas. It’s the 40x60 canvas prints that make up much of my print sales these days.

As far as today went, we had awesome leopard sightings of the Kashane male leopard, as we picked him up three times in the same day. We had a surprise bush breakfast that completely came as a surprise to the group, and it was great to see huge smiles on their faces from the unexpected treat.


A Bush Breakfast

Nikon D4, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/250 @ f/8, ISO 320


Kashane Male Leopard In The Tall Grass

Nikon D800, 300mm f/2.8 VRII, 1/500 @ f/4.5, ISO 200


Kashane Male Leopard

Nikon D800, 300mm f/2.8 VRII, 1/320 @ f/4.5, ISO 800


Camera bags on this safari are sponsored by Gura Gear, which I started in 2008. Check us out. We make the best camera bags on the planet.

Some of the gear on this safari has been provided by I rely on for both my own needs as well as my safari travelers’ needs. When we need big lenses, cameras or anything else photographic, we turn to to help out. They are the best resource in the industry for traveling photographers.

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Reader Comments (1)

Interesting you should blog about this Andy. I just spent time in the Mara Conservancy with a D4 and a D800 and ended up coming to a similar conclusion. One thing that was a bit of a drag was the d800's autofocus struggled compared to the D4 so cats moving was really tough with the D800.

June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJon McCormack

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