Hello everyone, i've been shooting a few airshows on a budget Canon zoom lens with my t3i with mixed results. The photos can be seen on my flickr. But while at my last show of 2013, I realised that 300mm was actually a bit long in many cases. I also felt distracted by the ability to zoom. I also noticed that the lens was almost continuously focused to infinity. This all got me thinking.
I started thinking about some of the old m42 primes that can be had for peanuts, and how useful such a lens would be for airshows. Much of my shooting was done on the tank bank at DX, where I think something like a 200mm prime would be wonderful. Stick it on infinity, frame the bird, and concentrate on a smooth pan. Hopefully the weight of such a lens would also help to stabilise it.
So, am I completely insane? Does anyone else use an old prime lens for shooting aircraft? Are there any cons that i'm missing, before I start going nuts on ebay, in anticipation of the airshow season?