Camera Gear I’ll Be Using Kenya

Michael Laubscher All Authors, Michael 2 Comments

I will be flying to Kenya tomorrow to host the Big Cats & Tuskers Safari as well as the Great Migration Safari and a Private Guided Safari in the Amboseli.

In this short blog, I will be listing the gear I will be using during these safaris as well as the reasons for my choice.

This might just help you when you need to pack for a safari in Kenya one day.


  • Canon 1DX ii
  • Canon 5D iii
  • Canon 7D ii


  • 400 mm f/2.8
  • 200 – 400 mm f/4
  • 70 – 200 mm f/2.8
  • 24 – 70 mm f/2.8

The great thing about a safari in Kenya is that every destination that I will be visiting offers something very different, not only from the wildlife side of things but as well as from the variations in landscapes.

The camera bodies I have listed will give me good variation on frame rates, full frames & crop censor.

  • High frame rate – Great for wildlife photography
  • Full frame – Better quality image and better for low light
  • Crop censor – Good for if need that extra bit of reach and you do not have a converter

The lenses provide for a wide range of photography,

  • 24 – 70 mm – for the wide angle images of landscapes, night skies or animals that are very close to the vehicle
  • 70 – 200 mm – works very well for portraits if you want to fill your frame with the subject. Usually in Kenya the animals are quiet far away and will work well to capture animals in their environment as well.
  • 200 – 400 mm – good amount of variation of your images by playing with the zoom. The lens also has a built in 1.4 converter, which is ideal if you need that extra bit of reach.
  • 400 mm – prime lens, great image quality and works well in low light due to the very wide aperture.

This is a brief summary of what I will be using and why.

Before I end, please read this;

The gear you use has nothing to do with the outcome of your images.

You can have the best gear in the world and still not be able to capture good images. The key is to understand YOUR gear. If you manage to grasp that, you will end up with good results!

Until I host you on a safari in Kenya one day,

Happy Snapping!


About the Author

Michael Laubscher


Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account

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  1. Stuart Jamieson

    Hey Mike,

    This time last year I was on that trip and am now sitting here so envious that you are there. I am joining you in February on the Madikwe trip and I am so looking forward to getting back to Africa. Enjoy the Big Cats and Tuskers.

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      Michael Laubscher

      Hello Stuart

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog! I look forward to meeting you in February and changing the way you see the world!

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