Kalahari Blog

Adventures of a field biologist and wildlife photographer living and working in the Kalahari.

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New Blog! New Website!


I have finally completed my brand new website! There is also a brand new blog to go with it!

From now on I’ll be posting what I get up to on my new blog rather than the Kalahari blog as I’m not in the Kalahari any more. There will however be a few more posts on the kalahari blog which I haven’t got round to writing yet! If you want to receive updates from my new blog click the link below and then click “follow me” in the corner.

Hopefully I will have some lens reviews coming up and of course there will be lots of pictures!

Check out my new website here: www.robinhoskyns.co.uk

And my new blog: https://robinhoskyns.wordpress.com/

My new website has got a few new images that I’ve not shown before and a bunch of my favorites on for now but soon I’ll be uploading lots of new galleries to the archive section.

Thanks for looking!



Back from the Kalahari!

I’m finally back from the Kalahari and thanks to my parents, my return was via the kgalagadi, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia! I have actually been back for a few days but haven’t got around to getting a blog post up yet.

In the next few weeks I will be very busy trying to sort out all my images from this year, choosing some to submit to wildlife photographer of the year, working on a new, fully professional looking website, and a new blog!

My plan is to keep the Kalahari Blog going alongside my new blog for a little while as there are several posts that I have been intending to write but never got around to doing whilst in Africa.

Meanwhile here’s a picture of a Leopard from the Kgalagadi!



Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Review

I will try to keep this review fairly brief as there are several more reviews and much discussion about this lens elsewhere (see this discussion: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=934592). I have put the good/bad points and a conclusion at the top for easy access.


UPDATE:  My review of sigmas newest version of the 120-300mm, the OS “Sport”.


Some pictures of the lens with my 7d attached (yes it was raining!):



Good points:

  • Good image quality wide open, amazing when stopped down even just 1-2 3rds of a stop.
  • Takes 1x and 2x teleconverters (great IQ with 1.4x)
  • Good price
  • Build Quality is good (apart from lens hood)
  • Zoom
  • Very good image stabilisation

Bad points:

  • Reliability (a massive negative for some users, not so much for others)
  • AF maybe not as great as it could be (although it’s still good)


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First post!


In just over a months time I will be heading out to the Kalahari desert for a year. I will primarily be a field assistant working for the Kalahari Meerkat Project (http://kalahari-meerkats.com/) but I will also use the time to work on my nature photography and hopefully come away with lots of great images, not just of the Meerkats I will be working with but the other wildlife I encounter and the surrounding landscape.

I will use this blog mainly to display the photos I have taken but also to communicate some of the science behind what I am doing and give an account of the daily life, joys and stresses associated with this kind of work.

I hope that this blog will be a way to communicating with friends and family and also help me to articulate my thoughts and feelings and improve my writing skills.

In the next month I will post a review of the sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS lens which I recently bought for this trip and also a post with short descriptions of the equipment I will be taking.

I will try to post regular updates but I am unsure about the reliability and speed of the internet out in the middle of the desert!