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Oct 05, 2010 16:36 |  #1

Going to an airshow in Nov. and want some general advice on what others do to get their pics. Been having a hard time with some of my previous attempts for some crisp clean shots. Have not used the 70-200 L for any of these pis
I may be renting at least a 100-400 lens.
Tripod /monopod needed?
Polarizer on or off?
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Oct 05, 2010 20:33 |  #2

Why didn't you use the 70-200?
100-400 is a great airshow lens.
Jets = faster shutter than 1/400
props = shutter around 1/125 or 1/160 and practice smooth panning.
clean your sensor in advance, especially for the slow shutter when your aperture will be small and show off all the dust bunnies.
no monopod, no tripod, unless you cant lift your monstrous lens
polarizer is sometimes helpful (depends on sun angles). bring it and look thru it with your eye while rotating to see if the effect is desired.
bring sunscreen


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Oct 05, 2010 23:04 |  #3

Shooting airshows in Manual


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Oct 07, 2010 13:02 |  #4

I've shot a few with the 100-400 but have wanted to try the 70-200. It really depends on where you are and how far away the aircraft perform. I found that most of my shots with the 100-400 happened to fall around 135-180mm, so I think the 70-200 would have worked there.

I would just recommend that you bring lots of memory and shoot in bursts of 3-6 shots. That's been the most successful strategy for getting sharp shots for me.


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Oct 07, 2010 14:34 |  #5

atexasphotog wrote in post #11040345 (external link)
Tripod /monopod needed?

Only if the lens is too large to operate handheld, such as one of the larger Canon 500mm or 600mm lenses.

atexasphotog wrote in post #11040345 (external link)
Polarizer on or off?

Not really.

atexasphotog wrote in post #11040345 (external link)
I may be renting at least a 100-400 lens.

Good focal length, from previous experience.

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Focal Length: 400.0mm
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Focal Length: 400.0mm
Aperture: f/22.0
Exposure Time: 0.017 s (1/60)
ISO equiv: 200
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
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Beyond lenses, lighting makes a big difference. It's extremely helpful to have the sun behind you, but it's something you can't control - as happened with these example images, where the show line was facing into the sun.



  
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Oct 07, 2010 15:06 |  #6

^^^ see what I said about clean your sensor in advance?!? ^^^


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