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Going to an air show and thinking about renting a few lenses.

 
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Sep 20, 2007 10:38 |  #16

If you are going to rent two lenses I would get the 100-400 & the 400 f/5.6 Then you both get to try both lenses which would make future purchasing decisions much easier. They are both excellent lenses.


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Sep 20, 2007 10:40 |  #17

Actually, that's a good point if you're renting. While I don't recommend the 400/5.6L for airshow use, if I was renting I wouldn't mind trying it for a day. I can always fall back on the zooms if I need to.




  
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Sep 20, 2007 12:55 |  #18

We had a person rent a 500 f4 IS for an air show last week. He claimed that the 500mm was a little too long.

I would recommend going with a 100-400mm or the 300mm f2.8 IS. It's heavy, but not prohibitively so if you have some arm strength and take breaks.


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Sep 23, 2007 12:52 as a reply to  @ markol's post |  #19

I am in the same situation. I have very limited funds (Yeah, who doesn't)

I love aviation photography and want to hit as many planes as I can...but has to be multi purposed do to being dirt poor.

Lens combos for air shows and other things.

100-400L IS
or
70-200 (in either the 2.8/or 4)L paired with a 1.4xTC
or
70-200 (in either the 2.8/or 4)L IS paired with a 1.4x TC

right now I only have a 75-300 4-5.6 II (I can't wait to get rid of this lens)
and a 28-80 3.5-5.6 II (I feel the same about this lens as I do the 75-300 II )

I will be adding a 50MM 1.8 here in a few days.


I am leaning toward the 100-400L for just that little bit extra reach...but to be honest...most of my pictures will not be aviation, as much as I would like them to be.


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Sep 23, 2007 19:55 |  #20

spectre wrote in post #3990563 (external link)
I am in the same situation. I have very limited funds (Yeah, who doesn't)

I love aviation photography and want to hit as many planes as I can...but has to be multi purposed do to being dirt poor.

Lens combos for air shows and other things.

100-400L IS
or
70-200 (in either the 2.8/or 4)L paired with a 1.4xTC
or
70-200 (in either the 2.8/or 4)L IS paired with a 1.4x TC

right now I only have a 75-300 4-5.6 II (I can't wait to get rid of this lens)
and a 28-80 3.5-5.6 II (I feel the same about this lens as I do the 75-300 II )

I will be adding a 50MM 1.8 here in a few days.


I am leaning toward the 100-400L for just that little bit extra reach...but to be honest...most of my pictures will not be aviation, as much as I would like them to be.


Personally, I'd go for the 100-400. It's my go-everywhere-do-everything telephoto in daylight. Animals, birds, aircraft, even portraits (though they **** and whine about how the 1-4 can't do portraits). Much as I'd like to I don't seem to find much use for a 70-200 zoom at all. My f/4 IS ends up idling most of the time..




  
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Sep 23, 2007 20:54 |  #21

Just got the 100-400 and as previously mentioned - go play with it before you go... id even say try some birds in flight- non mechanical ones.. at a pond... just to practice getting your flying exposures right... you cant really get away with automatic metering mid air... need to work manual and be quick to adjust as required as to not keep exposing for the sky. Keep up the shutterspeed and go for it.. enjoy.. here in Western Australia we dont get much in the way of airshows....


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