I hadn’t really made up my mind on whether to buy a new camera for our trip until I learned that I was going to Africa. I am, I knew that I was going to Africa, I just hadn’t really thought about being able to do a safari or anything fancy. Honestly, I hadn’t really thought about Africa because it really scares me, but that’s another story. So, when I learned that Travis’ family was meeting us somewhere in Africa to do a safari in style, that’s really when it clicked.
What’s the point of going on this whole trip, of doing all of this, if I’m not taking the opportunity to really fulfill my passion for photography. I would really regret leaving the safari with sub-par photos of far away lions and dodgy colours. Photos are really important to me, so right there and then it finally made sense. I had to move to a DSLR camera.
Am I happy with my decision? Yes and no. Yes, because it will mean that I will finally be less lazy about my photos and actually think before shooting. It also means that I’ll get better results. No, because I worry about the weight, the bulk, the changing lenses, and yes, about having it stolen. And the cost. But things have changed a lot since my last trip – they have become a lot more predominant and having one around my neck now isn’t as flashy as it was 5 years ago. The camera I traveled with last time was a $900 one, yet it made it back with me OK. Yes, it will be different but once I figure it out, I’ll get used to it and make it work. And I know that the result will justify everything.
But now that I decided to make the jump, I don’t know what my next move should be. Frankly, I’m stuck and the existentialist question of Canon vs. Nikon. I’ve been reading on the both of them and I think that I’m even more confused now before I started… and I need direction. I’m considering the Canon EOS Rebel T2i (550D) and either the Nikon D90 or D5000.
Here is what I am hoping to shed light on:
- Which brand did you choose, and why?
- What should I keep in mind?
- Is there anything that I’ve just got to have?
- Do you have any tips or recommendations for traveling this type of equipment?
Any help, comments, direction is much appreciated!