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May 11, 2017 22:46 |  #1

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May 11, 2017 23:01 |  #2

Excellent shots!

I'm curious, do you hand-hold the 600mm?


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May 11, 2017 23:08 |  #3

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18352453 (external link)
Excellent shots!

I'm curious, do you hand-hold the 600mm?

Thanks, I use a Wimberly gimbal/Gitzo tripod with the 600 most of the time. I usually have a second camera for handheld (with the 200-400/1.4x) at my side. Photo #7 above was taken with that rig. A lot of people say tracking aircraft with a tripod is too hard. I wouldn't show up without it.


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May 11, 2017 23:34 |  #4

Cool paint on the A+ aggressor.

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May 13, 2017 12:08 |  #5

mfingar wrote in post #18352459 (external link)
Thanks, I use a Wimberly gimbal/Gitzo tripod with the 600 most of the time. I usually have a second camera for handheld (with the 200-400/1.4x) at my side. Photo #7 above was taken with that rig. A lot of people say tracking aircraft with a tripod is too hard. I wouldn't show up without it.

Interesting comment about the tripod. I might give it a try.


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May 15, 2017 20:23 |  #6

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18353706 (external link)
Interesting comment about the tripod. I might give it a try.

Here's my standard rig for (airborne) aircraft.

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The thing on top is a mini red dot that is "zeroed" to the centerpoint on my focus grid. It allows me to track fast-moving aircraft and lock-on focus very easily, just like a HUD on a fighter aircraft. Works great on birds in flight too.

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May 16, 2017 05:43 as a reply to  @ mfingar's post |  #7

very nice shots Mark, there's something appealing about the lines on the Super Hornet...and I love that ACOG sight! Is that something you custom rigged? I haven't seen that used before.


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May 16, 2017 09:55 |  #8

Nice captures on the aggressor and gladiators CAG bird. They certainly stand out versus most of the standard grey on grey on grey on grey Hornets in the fleet.


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May 17, 2017 10:18 |  #9

The sight looks like a great idea, thanks for sharing those photos.


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May 17, 2017 21:24 |  #10

Thanks everyone!

TheBigDog wrote in post #18355917 (external link)
very nice shots Mark, there's something appealing about the lines on the Super Hornet...and I love that ACOG sight! Is that something you custom rigged? I haven't seen that used before.

Google "red dot coldshoe mount" and you'll find a few setups. I find mounting the red dot on the gimbal axis works best for me, versus mounting it on the camera. I used a wimberly flash mount for the gimbal. Rock solid and low...getting the site low to the lens' centerline is also important.

Best part, you shoot with both eyes open and get to enjoy the show.


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