Trying Fuji X Gear for My Fall 2014 Photo Safari

by Dave Burns | Posted in What's in the Bag | Tags: , ,

For my photo safari tours, planning what to pack for photography gear has almost been routine for the last couple of years: I like having two SLRs, one attached to a long lens and one to a medium. This also gives me a backup in case one stops working (the closest Canon service center is probably South Africa: about 2200 miles away). I go a little further than I usually recommend to my clients and I bring a third SLR body because it has been converted for infrared. A couple wide to normal zooms for that and I’m set:

My kit from past safaris using only Canon DSLRs
My kit from past safaris using only Canon DSLRs

This year I’m trying something a little different.

For that typical kit above, once I add in the small bits like batteries, cards, and chargers, I’m well over 30 pounds – by itself, the Canon 200-400 f/4 is 8 pounds. In the future, I would love to bring a smaller, lighter system that still gets the job done. To experiment with that idea, I decided to leave the second SLR body home and bring my Fuji X-T1 and my two favorite lenses for it: Fuji’s 10-24mm and 55-200mm. And because it’s so small and light, I threw in the 35mm for some people pictures:

My kit for my Fall safari with Fuji gear mixed in with the Canon DSLRs.
My kit for my Fall safari with Fuji gear mixed in with the Canon DSLRs.

I really enjoyed having my Fuji X-T1 system on a few trips to Europe and I’m curious how it will perform on safari where the requirements for ruggedness and functionality are a little different. When I return, I’ll post some images and thoughts about how well Fuji’s top of the line mirrorless performs in the wild.

– Dave

About Dave Burns

Dave Burns is a wildlife, travel, and landscape photographer whose passions range from the beauty of the African savanna to the streets of Paris. He created Dave Burns Photo Tours to share his favorite places with other photographers, help them capture unique images, and learn more about photography and digital work flow. His next trip is an African photo safari to the Serengeti in February 2021. Dave’s images are in private collections and galleries. To contact him, use the contact page on this site.