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The history of our (photo) equipment


Because we wanted to take a "real" camera with us on our first safari, we borrowed a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 18-200 mm F3.5/5.6 lens from a friend. We only took pictures in the "automatic" mode because we understood little / nothing about the settings. But what an experience! We started working on our encyclopedia on Smugmug immediately this same year and then edited our photos in Aperture. And the camera? We bought it directly from him!

Joni & Hans ● D300 - 18-200mm


In the meantime we bought a second (second-hand) D300 because we both want to take pictures. I also took over a second-hand Nikon 70-200mm (AF-S VR-Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G) and bought a Nikon Teleconverter TC-20EIII for the extra range.

Joni ● D300 - 18-200mm
Hans ● D300 - 70-200mm + TC 2.0


Because Joni also wanted a bit more range, but found my combination really too heavy, we bought a Nikon 28-300mm lens (AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm 1:3.5-5.6G). We also bought a Nikon 24-70mm (AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1:2.8G) and Nikon 105mm (macro).

Joni ● D300 - 28-300mm
Hans ● D300 - 70-200mm + TC 2.0
Extra ● 24-70mm / 105mm (macro)

When we came back from safari and were editing our photos, we came to the conclusion that we wanted higher quality on the one hand and a wider range on the other. In other words, we were a good customer for the photo shop and bought two new Nikon D810 bodies and a Tamron 150-600 mm lens.

In the second half of 2015, we also switched to Adobe Lightroom. It certainly took some getting used to but to this day no regrets! Really a perfect product.


For the safari to Uganda we used the equipment (purchased last year).

Joni ● D810 - 28-300mm
Hans ● D810 - Tamron 150-600
Extra ● 24-70mm / 105mm (macro) / D300 - 70-200mm + TC 2.0 (backup)

But we actually miss the speed of our D300 camera. Would the successor come out soon? You can already feel it coming, yes the successor just happened to be released. So again a trip to our favorite photo store. And it didn't stop there, because the disadvantage of the Tamron was that it regularly "got stuck". Unfortunately a known problem with the first version of this lens. Fortunately, a friend of ours just got rid of his Nikon 200-500mm (AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F/5.6E VR ED), so we were able to solve that problem quickly :-)


We have the perfect equipment for our trip to Kenya:

Joni ● D500 - 28-300mm
Hans ● D500 - 200-500mm
Extra ● 24-70mm / D810 - 70-200mm + TC 2.0 (backup)

The D810 is of course a perfect camera for close-ups and landscapes, but it has a disadvantage. It is not really a good backup camera for our most used D500 cameras. The speed is really too slow and in DX (for the range) it is "only" 15Mp against the D500's 20Mp.


Yet again made another investment in a new Nikon 500mm (Nikkor AF-S 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR). from now on the following combinations:

Joni ● D500 - 28-300mm
Hans ● D500 - 500mm
Extra ● 24-70mm / D810 - 200-500mm (backup)


Yes, we did it!  We decided to buy a professional body (the new Nikon Z9) with a new zoom lens (Nikkor Z 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 VR S-LINE + 1.4TC).

Now hoping it will be on time for our trip to Kenya in 2022. New intended combinations:

Joni ● D500 - 28-300mm
Hans ● Z9 - 100-400mm (+1.4 TC)
Extra ● 24-70mm / D500 - 500mm 

We sold the Nikon 200-500mm lens. A great lens but it was simply too heavy. 


The Z9 still hasn't arrived! So for our trips to Kenya and Namibia we used:

Joni ● D500 - 28-300mm
Hans ● D500 - 500mm
Extra  ● Z50 (borrowed from a good friend) - 100-400mm (+1.4 TC)

We are going to sell the 24-70mm and the 105mm (macro) because we never use them during our holidays. For macro's we now use the iPhone 13 pro.... 

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