How to attach your camera+lens to safari vehicle

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ApOpLeXiA
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How to attach your camera+lens to safari vehicle
Oct 16, 2012

Hi everyone,

Soon I will be going on a safari trip , and i am wondering if some of you could give advice on how to mount my camera+lens to a safari vehicle.

I previously used a monopod and just let it rest on the ground/seats , but the lens + body combo i will be bringing this year is a bit more heavy

I have read a article hear on it, and liked the idea of a wimberley ( even tho' they are expensive)

I wonder how the person in the photo has his wemberly setted up?, he is using an arched piece of metal which presents him the camera+ lens combo, and i think it can be moved around to be able to photograph to the other side

http://1.static.img-dpreview.com/files/articles/8065882473/_DAL2392crop.jpg?v=1734

Thanks in advance for some advice!

Quintin Lake
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In reply to ApOpLeXiA, Oct 19, 2012

Its a manfrotto superclamp attached to the base of the wimberley (also a superclamp used behind the man in the photo to attach his setup to horizontal bar). My guess is the curved steel rod is part of the jeep

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In reply to Quintin Lake, Oct 25, 2012

I got this for my recent trip to Africa .

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/774087-REG/Apex_898159002170_Mini_Bean_Bag.html

Worked great dampening vibrations. You can mount a ball head or whatever.

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In reply to ApOpLeXiA, Oct 30, 2012

It isn't exactly the cheap solution, but Really Right Stuff has a safari set-up.  At least check it out.

http://reallyrightstuff.com/Items.aspx?code=SafariGear&key=cat

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In reply to faterikcartman, Oct 31, 2012

I have been on a couple safaris to Africa where we did extensive driving in Land Rovers. I found that my primary problem was in isolating the camera from the vehicle. Terrain is very rough so I held the camera to cushion it from the jolting of the vehicle as we drove. Even when stopped, unless you are the only person in the vehicle, there is frequently unwanted motion to contend with. I would not want any sort of device that attached the camera to the vehicle.

I realize you may have more experience than I in these situations but I felt compelled to mention it.

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In reply to ApOpLeXiA, Oct 31, 2012

South Africa LC's have rails so you can use the Really Right Stuff Safari kit if you feel flush or if you already have a monopod get yourself two Super clamps and one Double Ball Joint head to secure the monopod to the rail.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/546371-REG/Manfrotto_035_035_Super_Clamp_without.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/325442-REG/Manfrotto_155BKL_155BKL_Double_Ball_Joint.html

Alternately mount your tripod head with QR clamp to one of these:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/307472-REG/Manfrotto_208HEX_208HEX_Head_Mounting_Plate.html

And stick it in a Manfrotto Super Clamp.

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In reply to ApOpLeXiA, Nov 2, 2012

I've been to East Africa twice in recent years (2007 and 2010) and I can tell you that the type of camera support you need depends a great deal on the type of vehicle you'll be in.  The two 17-day safaris I went on used 9 passenger Land Rover type vehicles and vans.  Both had seats removed in the back to make more room for the photographers to stand and shoot out of the roof that pops up.  In my case, the most effective support system was a couple of bean (actually corn) bags.  I took two empty bean bags with me and we filled them once we got to the first game preserve.  This is the only way to go if you are shooting out of the top of a vehicle.  Vehicle movement due to passengers moving shouldn't be a problem unless the vehicle is packed with people.

On a side note, if anyone is interested in going to East Africa on a photography safari I can highly recommend Paul Renner Safaris.  Paul is an American Professional Photographer who was raised in East Africa and he speaks fluent Swahili.  He limits his trips to about 18 people and limits the number of photographers in a single vehicle to 3.  Most, if not all of the other safari vehicles I saw there were jammed with people, hanging out of the windows trying to get a shot.

I hope you enjoy your trip as much as I enjoyed mine.  It is a life changing experience.

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