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Old 08-03-2013, 04:20 PM   #811
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Killer shots Pixel!

I am planning a trip to WDW staying at least 3 nights at the AKL savanna view for this reason and my kids would love seing the animals.

By looking at your photos, you know something about something. I was trying to decide what to pack for my kit. I have to fly so I was trying to lighten my load by leaving my 70-200 2.8 at home, but looking at your photos I am thinking otherwise.

Do you think it would be worth it taking the 70-200? I was planning on taking 14-24 2.8, 50 1.4 and 24-70 2.8. Also, some lighter tripod for time laps and long exposure shots.

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Old 08-03-2013, 07:45 PM   #812
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Killer shots Pixel!

I am planning a trip to WDW staying at least 3 nights at the AKL savanna view for this reason and my kids would love seing the animals.

By looking at your photos, you know something about something. I was trying to decide what to pack for my kit. I have to fly so I was trying to lighten my load by leaving my 70-200 2.8 at home, but looking at your photos I am thinking otherwise.

Do you think it would be worth it taking the 70-200? I was planning on taking 14-24 2.8, 50 1.4 and 24-70 2.8. Also, some lighter tripod for time laps and long exposure shots.

Thanks.
TAKE IT! Learn from my mistake!!! I rented a wide angle and was so excited to use it, I thought I would leave my 55-200 at home. BIG mistake. I could have gotten so many fantastic shots of the animals up close and I was kicking myself the whole time. I did get stunning wide angle shots, but I really wanted those closer shots as well after a while...
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:06 PM   #813
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TAKE IT!..Learn from my mistake!!! I rented a wide angle and was so excited to use it, I thought I would leave my 55-200 at home. BIG mistake. I could have gotten so many fantastic shots of the animals up close and I was kicking myself the whole time. I did get stunning wide angle shots, but I really wanted those closer shots as well after a while...

Thanks for the insight Twoboysnmygirl.

I am always afraid of needing something that I left at home! I can always run and grab a speed light and some enloops if I really needed some fill, but not a $2100 lens.

All I need is a lighter carbon fiber tripod and I will be set.

I can't wait!
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:02 AM   #814
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Killer shots Pixel!

I am planning a trip to WDW staying at least 3 nights at the AKL savanna view for this reason and my kids would love seing the animals.

By looking at your photos, you know something about something. I was trying to decide what to pack for my kit. I have to fly so I was trying to lighten my load by leaving my 70-200 2.8 at home, but looking at your photos I am thinking otherwise.

Do you think it would be worth it taking the 70-200? I was planning on taking 14-24 2.8, 50 1.4 and 24-70 2.8. Also, some lighter tripod for time laps and long exposure shots.

Thanks.
Thanks for the compliments! Your kids will love it there.

Yes, you will definitely want to take the 70-200mm. Even if you just leave it in the room and use it for the savanna view. That lens would also be good for the Kilimanjaro Safari at the park too. It wouldn't be needed at any other parks, though.

The animal shots I posted, were from the Wanyama Safari. That's where you take a ride to see all 5 savannas at AKL. For that, I used a 24-120mm f/4. The animals come right up to the truck! Here's our trip report of the Safari: http://www.disboards.com/showthread....0#post48116210

I take my carbon fiber tripod to the parks and store them in a locker. Just make sure your tripod can fit into one. Mine fits diagonally in the locker at MK, without the head, at 21.5 inches. At that size, it also fits into a carry-on rolling bag. None of my photography equipment gets put into checked luggage for the plane ride.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:15 AM   #815
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Wow, dude, those are amazing pics of the safari. Loved it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:02 AM   #816
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Thanks for the compliments! Your kids will love it there.

Yes, you will definitely want to take the 70-200mm. Even if you just leave it in the room and use it for the savanna view. That lens would also be good for the Kilimanjaro Safari at the park too. It wouldn't be needed at any other parks, though.

The animal shots I posted, were from the Wanyama Safari. That's where you take a ride to see all 5 savannas at AKL. For that, I used a 24-120mm f/4. The animals come right up to the truck! Here's our trip report of the Safari: http://www.disboards.com/showthread....0#post48116210
Thanks for the info. I think I will diffenetly take the 70-200, but I will need to purchase a light carbon fiber travel tripod. Looks like I will need a new option for a camera bag that will hold a tripod and a few kids supplies too.

I loved your TR too. Looks like a great time.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:57 AM   #817
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Hello Everyone - Just wanted to share a collage of pictures from our July 2013 vacation.

DD and I took her BF (Lucy) for her first Disney trip.

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:03 PM   #818
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Does anyone have pictures of the AKV studio value view? How bad is it?
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:12 PM   #819
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They're not called Value because of the bad view, but because they are slightly smaller than regular DVC rooms. If I remember correctly, they were the first ones being converted to DVC accomodations from regular hotel rooms.

We got a very nice Savannah view one time I stayed there in a value studio:



It was the first room on the right on the Ostrich trail, right after the gate to the Concierge area stairwell.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:56 PM   #820
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They're not called Value because of the bad view, but because they are slightly smaller than regular DVC rooms. If I remember correctly, they were the first ones being converted to DVC accomodations from regular hotel rooms.

We got a very nice Savannah view one time I stayed there in a value studio:


It was the first room on the right on the Ostrich trail, right after the gate to the Concierge area stairwell.
I should have edited my post - found out about the view thing after a board search!

Was it noisy where you were? I saw a reference to all the value studios being near elevators.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:17 PM   #821
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No, the elevators are actually right on the other side of the lobby. The only potential source of noise I could see was the metal gate of the Concierger stairway, but it was still a bit further up the corridor and we never heard a thing.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:28 PM   #822
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Thanks for the pics! This will be my first to AKL
mine too! i have wanted to stay here forever!! Now my prince charming is being oh so sweet and agreeing to it Couldn't be happier!
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:38 PM   #823
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:54 PM   #824
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:59 PM   #825
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I don't suppose anyone has any photos that scream holy-cow-that's-amazing-I-would-only-want-to-book-a-Pembe-Savannah-view? I have two photos from the balcony during our last stay (Kidani Village - Pembe Savannah). I loved seeing okapi and the red river hogs. But the savannah itself was sort of depressing, I thought. I'm not exactly a great photographer, either. We're going back in January, and everyone but me wants to stay on the Pembe Savannah again. The first one isn't so bad. But that second one leaves a bit to be desired. Maybe there's someone out there with skills who can show me how great it looks?



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