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Could this be the perfect air show rig?

 
Perfectly ­ Frank
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Jun 07, 2017 10:45 |  #1

If it works, don't knock it :-)

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Jun 07, 2017 11:42 |  #2

Just when I think I've seen everything, some guy like this comes along!


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Jun 07, 2017 11:47 |  #3

I...am...impressed; it seems to work. Not for your small-framed folks, though, for sure :D


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Jun 07, 2017 12:03 |  #4

Totally brilliant.


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Jun 11, 2017 07:26 |  #5

Brilliant idea, but then I have been using shoulder rigs with long telephotos for airshows since the 1970's. The number of folks suggesting just using a tripod, or monopod in the comments made me chuckle. They are OK if you don't need to pan much beyond about 90 degrees of angle. With airshows though you end up panning through about 180 degrees, and then usually means having to move around the tripod if you are going to use the viewfinder.

Now I have a powered wheelchair what I really want for mounting a long lens is a Scarff Ring. This was a movable gun mount for aircraft observers, invented in about 1916 by Sgt Scarff RFC. The great thing about the Scarff design is that he used Bungy cord to provide the spring tension to take the weight of elevating it. I believe that they still use a similar design for some vehicle mounts. The mount allows for 360 degree rotation and was actually capable of mounting a pair of .303 Lewis Guns, although the original design was for a single gun. They do say you needed to be pretty strong to manage the twin guns in a full on dogfight. The photo shows a dual Lewis Gun setup on a Bristol F2b Fighter of 1918 vintage.

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Personally I think I would go with the 5DIV plus 600mm f/4 plus both 1.4× and 2× extenders. That way I have three FL choices for the different sized aircraft, without having to change out the lens fitted to the rig.

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Jun 11, 2017 08:38 |  #6

BigAl007 wrote in post #18375796 (external link)
...They do say you needed to be pretty strong to manage the twin guns in a full on dogfight.

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