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Feb 23, 2013 16:52 |  #1

Hi Guys,


looking at heading down to Avalon for the airshow net week.

My lens selection will be 70-200 with 2x extender on 1DX and 17-40 on 5dmk2

They said tripods are allowed but wondering if all this will be too much to lug around.

Thinking about getting a bumbag, the little waste zipper style bags to store cards, ID and batteries in. Figured taking the camera backpack would be a more stuff to lug around.

Both bodies supported with blackrapid, straps.


Any tips and strategies for doin the airshow thing with camera gear?

What would you do and what would not do

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Feb 23, 2013 16:54 |  #2

Butt bag or vest is better than a bag or backpack.

Don't bother with the tripod unless you're going to be on the ramp before sunrise or after sunset.

Otherwise, you should be good to go.


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Feb 23, 2013 19:11 |  #3

snapshot2011 wrote in post #15644481 (external link)
My lens selection will be 70-200 with 2x extender ...

Have you run tests with the TC? Mine needs f/11 to get reasonable sharpness. POTN at Waterford Hills - Open Wheel Club Racing.

Thinking about getting a bumbag, the little waste zipper style bags

I like them. Take a look at post #32 or the Tamrac belt in Post #68. Show me your camera bag


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Feb 23, 2013 19:19 |  #4

Thanks guys. Photos guy, I get great sharpness at f/8. Gunna try with and without the extender. Just thought to get the extra reach. This is my first air show so hope to get some great shots.

Can u guys forward more tips on getting through it?

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Feb 23, 2013 19:26 |  #5

At the last air show I used a Lowepro Flipside 300 to carry:

7D
70-200 mk2
300 prime
24-105
10-22
430ex

Without the Velcro zipper insert it all fit lol.

I used every lens. With my most used being the 300.

I really liked the backpack option in THIS particular style where the zipper is in the back. I wouldn't use a typical backpack in this environment.

It also has a mesh on one side that is large enough to hold a one liter Aquafina.

The backpack is just large enough for all that yet remaining compact.


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Feb 23, 2013 19:40 |  #6

Just got back from El Centro
took 70-200 mk2, 300 2.8 II, 500 f4 II, TC 1.4 and 2.0 III's
1Dx and 5D mk3.
Used a Black Rapid dual strap which made lugging the camera's very easy. Put the extra lens, water, cards, batteries, snacks, etc in one of my Tamrac bags which I used as a backpack. Don't bother with a tripod. You should be handholding. :)
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Very good solution since we were stuffed into busses and everything had to fit on our lap.


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Feb 23, 2013 21:12 |  #7

snapshot2011 wrote in post #15644875 (external link)
Can u guys forward more tips on getting through it?

You've seen the "Airshow guys - prop freeze?" & other links in post #2 of: Shooting airshows in Manual, right?


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Feb 23, 2013 21:21 |  #8

Check your air show rules, our local air show allows photo vests but no bags larger than a fanny pack and everything is searched at the gate.


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Feb 24, 2013 00:55 |  #9

mrfixitx wrote in post #15645243 (external link)
Check your air show rules, our local air show allows photo vests but no bags larger than a fanny pack and everything is searched at the gate.

Good point.




  
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Feb 24, 2013 00:57 |  #10

Just had a look at your aviation work Dan, I like it, well done!




  
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Feb 26, 2013 20:39 as a reply to  @ snapshot2011's post |  #11

I own the Cotton Carrier that I use with my 1D4/300 f2.8 It can hold 2 camera bodies if needed. It's comfortable and the weight is distributed on both shoulders. Keeps the camera/lens secure so it doesn't swing around. Check out Carrier's site for more details.

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Feb 26, 2013 23:08 |  #12

snapshot2011 wrote in post #15645813 (external link)
Just had a look at your aviation work Dan, I like it, well done!

Thanks!


For a strap I used a simple 1in nylon strap with a quick release buckle. On the strap I had a snap hinge that simply rode along the strap.

On the camera body I had a loop of paracord. I snap the hinge onto the loop. This way I can run the camera up/down with no snags. I also have a Luma Cinch but it has this annoying tendency to hang up on my clothing. Great for moving around with the camera but not so much for moving the camera around lol.


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Feb 27, 2013 21:40 |  #13

Tell me what you think.

I have the 1DX, 5DMK2 and 60D

Though the 60D with 70-200 and 2x extender plus 1.6 crop gives me 640mm.

Would you suggest the 1DX with the same config but FF giving 400mm?

I really wanted to give the DX a go. is 640mm overkill for an airshow?

Was gunna only 2 bodies




  
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Feb 27, 2013 22:47 |  #14

I had been to Avalon Airshow few times. Generally this airshow didn't have any 'restriction' for how many gear you were allowed to bring in at all. Also you can drive your own car right next to the airfield, so you bring as many as gear you want ;)

Melbourne is heavier raining past few days (? till next Monday). Just make sure you dress warm enough: It's VERY COLD in the open space in Avalon. If the sky is not open over this weekend, I wouldn't use 60D at all.

Anyway, have fun...


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Feb 28, 2013 09:14 |  #15

snapshot2011 wrote in post #15659824 (external link)
Tell me what you think.

Would you suggest the 1DX with the same config but FF giving 400mm?

I really wanted to give the DX a go. is 640mm overkill for an airshow?

640 is not overkill for an airshow...I wish I had my 500 plus 1.4 (700) for some parts of the shoot at El Centro but chose to carry the much lighter 300 with 2X for 600. That little extra would have been nice.

I would put the 70-200 with TC on the 1Dx though as it's much better at tracking in-flight planes. Put the wide angle on the 5D. Do you have an in-between lens for the 60D? Like a 50, 100 or 85?

Take a look through the El Centro gallery on my SmugMug link and look at the lens info for each shot. That'll give you an idea of focal lengths. I had 70-200, 300, 420, 500 & 600 available through different combos of lens/TC. Know that some are cropped a bit and that will show in the pixel dimensions. If it's under 5000px wide, it's cropped.


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