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A hands-on field review – Part 2


In part 1 of this review I dealt with the general specifications, a comparison table with a similar lens from a main competitor, and the performance of the lens in a birding and wildlife environment.

In this Part 2 I will discuss my findings when using this lens ina sports environment, and more specifically cricket and motorsport, as well as my final conclusions.  Reference to the results from the tests on birds and wildlife are made regularly in this review, please refer to Part 1 if required.

As a fully accredited media photographer with Cricket South Africa, I...

…in the Kruger National Park


In two of our previous posts we shared with you our top five roads to drive to see wild dogs and cheetah in the Kruger National Park. You can read them here: and here:


A leopard looks right at the camera from the safety of a marula tree on the S14 Fayi Loop.


But where should you drive if you’re looking for leopards?
Although leopards are shy, solitary creatures, they are actually much easier to find than wild dogs and cheetahs in the...

A hands-on field review – Part 1

The range of 150-500mm zoom lenses or its close derivatives have always been very popular amongst photographers and especially those who are on a tighter budget and cannot justify the expense for a 500mm or 600mm f4 prime lens. Offering slower maximum apertures typically at f6.3, these lenses gave the enthusiast the perfect alternative to expensive fast prime or super tele zoom lenses.  Now this range has been expanded with at least two manufacturers adding a 150-600, f5-6.3 lens in their line-up which adds an extra 100mm of reach and offering them at a very reasonable price too, around...


Not to be confused with bourgeois, the term boudoir refers to a woman’s bedroom. It is the personal space which one may only enter if, and only if, permission is granted. When it comes to things of a more private nature; such as the boudoir, discretion is a must. For this very reason we thought it best to guide you through the process of selecting the ideal boudoir photographer. Ahead of the month traditionally dedicated to the appreciation of those you hold most dear (Valentines Day), boudoir photographs find their place as a unique and deeply personal gift. 


If you imagine the ideal photographer to capture your...

The Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash is a midrange compact shoe-mount flash, although to be honest, the term midrange doesn’t do it any justice. This flash has some great features and it would serve most photographers well, (amateurs and professionals) primarily due to its versatility. Where the 270 EX stumbles, the 430EX II provides users with increased power and functionality.



The Canon 430EX II is compatible with all of the Canon EOS SLR cameras, analogue and digital, giving you the added option of controlling and adapting the flash via the camera’s menu system.


Legend has it, the 430EX II is...


An interesting lens, this latest addition to the Canon general purpose zoom lens line-up. In this class, the buyer used to have the option of getting the EF 24-70 f2.8 Mark 2 lens, or the EF 24-105 f4 L IS USM, a firm favourite for many Canon users, including me. Now there is also this EF 24-70 f4 L IS USM lens, and what makes the situation interesting is the pricing, it slots in between the 24-70 f2.8 and the 24-105 f4 L lens.

Which is slightly confusing; why pay more for a shorter focal length lens, offering the same maximum f4 aperture throughout the zoom range, similar build quality as can be had with the rival...

Hoedspruit, Limpopo

Fourteen kilometres west of the wildlife haven that is Hoedspruit lies a thirty-year old national treasure many once knew as Khamai Reptile Centre. Now called Kinyonga (siSwati for ‘chameleon’) Reptile Centre, this little menagerie of rescued and adopted reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and other species still maintains the motto it has thrived on through our country’s many changes: Conservation through education and research. 

Two giant plated lizards devour a flower snack on the rocks.

On the interactive tour you get up close and personal with a variety of snakes.

They achieve this through...

Manyeleti Game Reserve, Limpopo

Once upon a time, in a not so far away land, a 23 000 ha patch of earth in the old Gazankulu Homeland bordering the Kruger National Park was set aside for use by the non-white population of South Africa. It had no major rivers, but one big dam and many seasonal pans surrounded by a lush combination of open veld and dense thickets, which made it very, very productive. Today, anyone can visit this gorgeous chunk of prime game viewing area, and yet very few South Africans have even heard of it. 

One of the twelve stunning tents in Honeyguide’s Mantobeni Camp.

The reason, unfortunately, is the...

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