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  • #16
    I'm writing this from the perspective of having started plane spotting less than a year ago, so still a 'newcomer'.
    The camera I started with (and still stick to it) is a Panasonic DMC-FZ1000. I initially bought it for holiday, tried it out at the airport and since them I'm in plane spotting. Costs were around 500€.

    It's not an SLR camera, you even cannot change the objective. However, I'm really satisfied with it and in combination with some editing software and a good monitor the screeners kindly accept a decent number of shots I take with this camera.
    I'm looking into upgrading to better material now, but I still feel the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 is a very good camera to start with (although some Canon purists might disagree here ).

    Best,
    marfi80

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    • #17
      Originally posted by YsMilan View Post
      Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is a good lens,
      It is generally considered that the quality is better than the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6, but the STM version must be purchased, the previous version is not as good.
      This is very much my experience with the 55-250mm STM as well. Cheap and amazing. So sharp that I thought I got lucky with MFA on my lens-body combination, but then it was just as sharp on my new body.

      A 70-200 L lens with stabilization would cost at least 7x as much as a 55-250 STM, and, in my opinion, would offer no tangible advantage for shooting airliners for screened sites. If you're looking at Canon, save your money and squeeze as many megapixels as you can afford out of a used two or three digit DSLR.

      Regards,

      Alex

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      • #18
        ive been using a nikon D40, with a Sigma 18-50 mm f2.8 EX DC Macro lens on it.
        its basic but really easy to use with great results. I love it, I take a photo of planes, different nature, I use it for my work, take a photo of flowers and then delivery flowers Russia
        you could get this set up for abot 500.

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        • #19
          any SLR camera is fine as long as it can adjust shutter speed, automatic ISO, priority shutter program and good high pixels and, finally, the focus that allows you to "chase" a moving subject. Optics are most important. You don't need a very long lens if you have to take a close photograph so the zoom you have indicated is a good compromise. Like all zooms, of course, there is the problem of soft images at extreme focal lengths (obviously by jetphotos standards).
          exuse my bad english

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