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Home > Example Photos taken with the Olympus TCON-17 1.7x Tele Conversion lens (TCON-17)

This gallery of safari photographs demonstrates what you can expect from combining the excellent Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Digital Camera with the Olympus TCON-17 1.7x Tele Conversion lens (TCON-17) For more information:

Elephant Photos

Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe is an excellent place to take photos of Elephants. Whilst you may not think that it is necessary to use a telephoto lens on such a large animal, by zooming right in and cropping some of the elephant out of the frame, it can sometimes make for a much more interesting photograph.

Elephants, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

African Fish-Eagle Photos

The African Fish-Eagle is an iconic Kariba bird, it's call is unmistakable and because it often sits in the dead and leafless trees above the water, the contrast between the bird and the sky can make for excellent photographs. Getting close to these wonderful birds can be difficult and that is where the TCON-17 telephoto lens really came in handy.

African Fish Eagle, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

African Sunrise Photos

On Safari I usually wake up at or before sunrise and if it is going to be a good one, I can't resist taking thousands of photos as the light changes! On this particular morning, I was taking the usual wide angle sunrise photos when I noticed an Impala Ram on the horizon, he was miles away and so I quickly added the Olympus TCON-17 1.7x Tele Conversion lens to the camera and got the shot. Without the power of this zoom I would never had got this photo.

Impala African Sunrise, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Bird Photography

When photographing small, timid animals like birds, a telephoto lense is vital. Without a really good zoom, it would be impossible to get close enough to many birds to get a good photograph.

(Western) Redfooted Falcon
This little guy managed to stay still long enough for me to get a photo of him. This photo has been cropped, but without the Telephoto Lens, I would never have been able to get close enought to get the photo.

Cattle Egret, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Cattle Egret
This Cattle Egret is common on the shores of Kariba, I like the way the birds colours contrast nicely with the blue of the water and the green of the reeds.

Cattle Egret, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Saddle-Billed Stork
One of the most impressive waterbirds in Africa, the striking red and yellow bill make this bird unmistakable. Photo taken with the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Digital Camera with the Olympus TCON-17 1.7x Tele Conversion lens (TCON-17)

Saddle-Billed Stork, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe


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Kariba Houseboat Safaris

All the photos in this gallery were taken using the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Digital Camera with the Olympus TCON-17 1.7x Tele Conversion lens (TCON-17) and on a recent Houseboat safari on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. Whilst Zimbabwe is currently experiencing huge problems, it still has some of the best wildlife and safari options available anywhere in Africa and we can only hope that things get better soon. For more information, check out my pages on:


Camera Shake

A sandbag or the new compact tripods can be invaluable in making sure that your camera is as steady as possible, this is especially important if you are using a large telephoto lens or Zoom. The sandbags are great, because you can travel with them empty and then only fill them once you have arrived at the safari lodge. There are also many compact tripods on the market at the moment, my personal favorite and one that I often use is this Joby Gorillapod that is flexible, allowing you to grip your camera onto many different objects and surfaces. I have even used it to attach my camera to the wing mirror of my safari vehicle before for an interesting effect.


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