Thanks for the compliments.
Fact is that you get better everytime you go. I saw an increase in quality in this safari's batch compared to last year's. Better equipment
does help. Although the principal driver for quality shots is good camera
technique, you cannot get around the fact that high resolution sensors make a huge difference. If you have a sharp shot, good shot but you would have liked to use 600mm instead of 300mm, these days you can just recut it.
For instance, the buffalo with the oxpecker on its nose was shot as a full frame portrait, I recompositioned the shot in Adobe Lightroom.
I noticed that although I MUCH prefer the workings of my 1D MkIII, I chose my recently acquired 7D body several times as a) the smaller sensor has a higher magnification (1.6x vs 1.3x) and b) almost double the resolution. This is where Nikon's D800 is so fantastic, you can crop the 36MP to 18 and have a 1.5x boost to your telephoto lens.
I must also confess that this is chose the 3 year old 7D over the new 6D two months ago. Focal length is everything and with a 1.6x sensor, 1.4x converter and 2.8 120-300mm you can cover everything except for the really small birds, unless you are lucky.
I really wish Canon would build a 1D with crop capability. Because although the 7D is a nice amateur camera
, I really miss the 1D solidity and ergonomics when I use it.
I will never go back to film - but I do have to say there is one thing that is hard to do with digital, and that is to keep track of your shots. I have many Gb of backup space but this week I was trying to find shots from 2004 and I can only find the JPG's I created, not the original CR2's. Backing up is a real issue! Porting is also an issue - who can still read any floppy discs of 20 years ago? What happens to your pics in 20 years time? At least film can lie in a box for 100 years and still be restored.
So back-up, people!! And keep the RAW files as well as the JPG's.
And the advantage is that I now have my shots as a screensaver via Apple TV on my 54" HD TV. What a joy.