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Faisal is a San Francisco based lifestyle photographer who currently shoots with a Leica M 240 rangefinder camera. These are his thoughts.

Embarking on a Safari with Fuji

I recently published a story on Exposure highlighting my recent safari in The Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. The story went into depth about the logistics of the trip itself, along with information on the reserve and lodge that I stayed.

After receiving questions and comments about traveling with Fuji gear and about my editing process, I thought it would be helpful to dive deeper into those aspects of the trip. Over the years, I've shot with almost everything available to me — Nikon, Canon, Sony and Leica. My most recent GAS (Gear Aquisition Syndrome) has landed me with Fuji, specifically the X-Pro2.

Naturally, the Fuji X-T2 came to mind. By sticking with Fuji, I'd be familiar with the results, the editing process, the controls, and I'd also be able to use my existing lenses on the new body. I decided to rent the X-T2 for the trip as it made little sense to go out and buy another body. The X-T2 is also hard to find at the moment because of its high demand and because of the earthquake that struck Japan that year.

After researching what gear to take with me on the trip, the consensus was to take the longest lens you could afford. Thus, I also rented the Fuji XF 100-400mm OIS lens, which pairs beautifully with the X-T2. I skipped on the external grip because I didn't see much value in it and preferred not to have additional bulk.

Once arriving at the lodge, I quickly realized that I didn't need the 6 batteries I took with me. Because I had a Watson Duo Dual Fuji Charger, I was able to recharge a battery for each body during the downtime between the game drives. Each battery was more than enough for the 3-4 hour game drive, even on with the cameras on High-Performance/Boost Mode.

The comparison between the X-Pro2 and X-T2 is interesting. They're very similar in specs and performance, but vastly different in operation. The autofocus systems on both cameras allowed me to take the photos I wanted, and the EVF was excellent in the rapidly changing light conditions. The differences lie in the different form factors, with the X-Pro2 favoring more deliberate and creative shots while the X-T2 has the ergonomics and controls focused toward performance and fast-paced shooting. In summary, I had a great experience with the gear I took and the cameras served me well.