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  • Best Airshow Lense?

    What are your opinions as to the best lense or lense combo to use at an airshow for flying display aircraft?
    Last edited by prat; 2006-07-27, 20:42.

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    For Nikon id say anything upwards of a D200 with a 17-55mm f2.8 or a 18-70mm f3.5-f5.6. To be honest any Nikon DSLR wouldn't find taking photos of static aircraft hard, but some equipment obviously does it better than others, which reflects in the price.
    Nikon D3 - Nikon D2x - Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR - Nikon TC-14EE - Nikon TC-17EE - Nikon SB900 -Nikon AF-S 600mm F4 VR













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    • #3
      Ahh sorry I had meant flying displays. I purchased a Canon F4.5-5.6L 100-400USM IS earlier this year but have heard mixed reviews of it regarding shooting higher speed passes. I'm just what the majority of photogs are using these days.

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      • #4
        Ah right LOL

        I use a Nikon D2x with a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR with a Nikon 1.7x TC. It works great for me, i don't think you should have a problem with a 100-400 (best to ask someone with Canon)

        http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/296/bcc0282lh5.jpg
        http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/6521/bcc0004xf4.jpg

        Heres a few i got at Fairford below to give you an idea. The Swiss Display photo was at 340mm and the Red Arrows was at 230mm. These were both flying along the display line.
        Nikon D3 - Nikon D2x - Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR - Nikon TC-14EE - Nikon TC-17EE - Nikon SB900 -Nikon AF-S 600mm F4 VR













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        • #5
          Ain't gettin better than the 100-400L IMO. Other than primes.

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          • #6
            The Bigma, theres nothing you cant shoot!

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            • #7
              I will be at Dayton on Sunday the 30th with my 1D with a 70-200 attached and my 350D will have the 24-70 on it. If you're in the front of the crowd I don't think you would have a problem. According to my map of the Dayton Air Show the crowd will be around 800-1000 feet from the Category I Flight Line and about 200-400 feet from the Category III Flight Line if I am reading the scale right.
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              • #8
                My personal favorite is the Nikon AF-S 300 2.8Dm which also no zoom produces kick-ass pictures. If I would have a free choice I would probably opt for the 200-400 AF-S VR zoom, but that is pretty expensive. On the more finacable site, I think the Sigma 100-300 HSM 4.0 and the Sigma 120-300 HSM 2.8 are good options. I also have a 80-200 2.8 Nikon for formations and larger aircraft and a Sigma 135-400 as a worst case back-up if I do need 400mm. As a final solution I also use a 1.4x TC for the 80-200 in some cases.

                Here arei some standard AF-S 300 shots.

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                • #9
                  I'm have a 300D with the 100-400L IS. I'm quite happy with the results. Here are a few using that combo:

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by YYZPICS
                    The Bigma, theres nothing you cant shoot!
                    Yep, that why I went with it, great for the taxing shots at the 50mm, and you have 500mm to pull in.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by prat
                      Ahh sorry I had meant flying displays. I purchased a Canon F4.5-5.6L 100-400USM IS earlier this year but have heard mixed reviews of it regarding shooting higher speed passes. I'm just what the majority of photogs are using these days.
                      Use AI servo if your camera has it; that'll minimise focus time

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                      • #12
                        I have to say you can't beat prime with a converter for flying displays at an airshow. I used the Canon 300mm 2.8 + 2x converter at Farnborough with some great results.
                        Then again on the more money friendly side as said above a good zoom lense like 100-300 F/4 with a converter or 100-400 are great for all round photography. I own a 100-300 F/4 and I know someone with a 100-400 and it did him very well at FAB 06'.

                        Here are some examples with 300mm prime + 2x converter:

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                        Cheers Dom

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                        • #13
                          Excellent photos Guys !
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                          • #14
                            How the Friggin heck did you get your hands on a 300mm f2.8 Dominic? Was it a Canon 2x you were using too? I was offered one (a 2x) for $275 in SXM recently and turned the guy down as i'd just bought a 24-105F4L from him, but now kinda wishing i'd bought the converter too.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by B7772ADL
                              How the Friggin heck did you get your hands on a 300mm f2.8 Dominic? Was it a Canon 2x you were using too? I was offered one (a 2x) for $275 in SXM recently and turned the guy down as i'd just bought a 24-105F4L from him, but now kinda wishing i'd bought the converter too.
                              Basically: A/ He is a luck sh*t.
                              B/ His dad is a teacher and one of his collegues is into photography and has recently converted to Nikon and had this Canon stuff avaliable so Dom was the lucky recipicant.
                              C/ I think the above is correct :S.

                              Also James how are you finding the 24-105L, seriously thinking of getting a copy of this, would really appreciate your opinion when used for Av photography.

                              Thanks..
                              Dave Aka "I know someone with a 100-400 and it did him very well at FAB06"
                              Best regards,
                              Dave

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