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


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New Blog! New Website!

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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!

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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!

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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!):

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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)

Conclusions

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First post!

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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!