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craigdahlberg Basic MemberTue 19-Mar-02 04:32 PM
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"Photo Safari at Wild Animal Park - Newbie"



          

I will be new to the film world (I ordered an N80, 28-105 zoom, SB28DX) when I recieve my new equipment by Friday March 22. I have about a years experience with a digital CP990. I am going to a Photo Safari at the San Diego Wild Animal Park on Sunday, March 24. We get driven around the park and very close to the animals. I have 2 questions and will accept any tips. What film should I use? (I would like to blow up an 8 x 10 if I get a good one). Should I bring my external flash?

They also have a butterfly exhibit going on. It would be nice to capture some closeups. Any tips here woud be appreciated also.

I am enjoying the discussions on this forum and hope to be able to contribute in the future.

Thanks,

Craig

  

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DaveDosch Basic MemberTue 19-Mar-02 07:13 PM
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San Diego, US
          

I would recommend Fuji Reala 100 for the safari. Plan on bringing lots of film, like 20 rolls or more. You will hate yourself if you run out. You can mail order them for pretty cheap and get delivery in time if your order them next day delivery. If not, Nelson Photo on India St. in San diego carries a good selection of film. I would bring a nice 400/800 speed film for the butterfly exhibit.

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ChuckDiggins Basic MemberTue 19-Mar-02 09:36 PM
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If you want one film to do both butterflies and lions, I would recommend Provia 400F. This is slide film, somewhat expensive, and has excellent sharpness and color.

Read some reviews on this "miracle" film.
Here's one I found just now: http://www.vividlight.com/articles/612.htm

It can be pushed as fast as 4800! Apparently, it can be pushed to 800 with no significant drop in sharpness.

My only hesitation on recommending this is that your being new to film, slide film is less forgiving than print.

How comfortable are you using manual mode? The photo safari will take you among the animals, sometimes front lit, other times backlit. These conditions will fool automatic exposures.

Also, use a tripod ... or at least a monopod.

I'm not sure about flash.

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ozgooner Basic MemberTue 19-Mar-02 09:54 PM
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If you'd rather go print, I'd suggest Fuji Press 800. It has wonderful colour, minimal grain and will perform well no matter what the weather/light does. A little more forgiving too as suggested above.

A cheaper alternatvie to Provia 400 is Sensia 400 which I've used a lot of recently and been very happy with. While I've never tried, most reviews suggest it doesn't hold up to being pushed though.

Take twice as much film as you think you'll need.

Hope this helps.

Trev M - Nikonian Down Under

  

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Allow me to add to the confusion: the very best high speed color negative film for prints is, today, Fujicolor Portrait NPZ 800 Pro.
Best grain, best sharpness, vivid yet natural colors. You will be thankful for having the extra speed. My film review for the year is almost ready and I have concluded the above. Below a sample recent shot at the Houston zoo with a 80-400mm VR and 1.4X TC Kenko Pro Series 300.
On another note, even on a guided tour, shooting from a vehicle, a longer lens will be more appreciated than your otherwise splendid 28-105. Maybe you can rent one 300mm over there.

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mike_1 Basic MemberWed 20-Mar-02 02:01 AM
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I remember reading somewhere about this photo safari and one thing the author covered that has not been mentioned is to bring along your cleaning supplies. He said that dust was a big problem. Good luck and check into that long lens rental.
Mike

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DaveDosch Basic MemberWed 20-Mar-02 04:22 AM
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I would recommend against using high speed fim during the safari. You will be outdoors in the bright sunshine, looking to lower your aperture to isolate your subjects. Plus if you are planning to blow your photos up, why go with a grainier film? The butterfly exhibit will be the reverse, where you are going to want a faster film to push your shutter speed faster. I stand by my earlier recommendation. Bring 20 rolls of Reala 100 and 3 of an faster like NPZ 800.

DaveDosch
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craigdahlberg Basic MemberWed 20-Mar-02 04:35 PM
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Thanks everyone for the help. I think I will choose the Reala 100 for the Safari. Unfortunately, the forecast weather is cloudy with possible rain. Should this effect my film decision? I will probably get some 400 or 800 for the butterflies. As for the longer lens, I think this being my first time with a new/film camera, I'll just have to take what I can get with th 28-105. I will probably bring my Coolpix 990 with the 2x tele which gives a reach of 210mm. The Coolpix is also good with macros but always has a slow trigger. I don't have a monopod but I will look for one before Sunday. If it doesn't rain I'll post my best picture from the adventure and let you all see the results. Again, thanks alot!

Craig

  

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