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Which Lens Should I Take? Landing Airplanes

 
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Apr 29, 2018 12:33 |  #1

I'm heading over to the In n Out Burger next to LAX. I've heard it's a great spot to photograph landing planes. Question I'm not certain about: Which lens should I take? My 2 options are:

Canon 400mm F.5.6L
Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II

The body I have is the 7D Mark II

Never shot landing planes before which is the reason for the question. I understand that those planes are pretty low once they're passing over In n Out.

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Apr 30, 2018 11:42 |  #2

This Might be a better question for the transportation section.


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Apr 30, 2018 20:43 as a reply to  @ HammerCope's post |  #3

LOL. No wonder I got no responses. Didn't even realize it was in the "Sports" section. Oh well.


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May 03, 2018 20:22 |  #4

Bogino wrote in post #18617056 (external link)
LOL. No wonder I got no responses. Didn't even realize it was in the "Sports" section. Oh well.

Reported to the Mod’s. You should get some quality responses once this gets to the right Forum.


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May 04, 2018 09:42 |  #5

400 will likely be too long so take the zoom. If they are jets use a high shutter speed if the background is sky but a lower one when there's a background you can blur with a smooth pan as you shoot. If any have props stay below 1/250 for prop blur because engine speeds will be reduced for landings.


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May 04, 2018 09:49 |  #6

'It depends!' upon what you MEAN by a 'landing jet' photo, compounded by just how far you are from the airplanes! Are you trying to achieve this...

https://www.google.com …=1.1#imgrc=D6Sm​PkCPeMaQ0M (external link): or are you trying to acheive this...

https://www.google.com …=1.1#imgrc=J5Hb​PLPLmO_WiM (external link):

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400mm on APS-C body sees 400' horizontal at 1 mile. 200mm on APS-C body sees 260' at 1/3 mile


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May 09, 2018 05:47 |  #7

70-200 would be my first choice.


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May 14, 2018 04:19 |  #8

This is one of those questions that really needs local knowledge. I would take the zoom, since on the whole modern airliners are pretty big. If the location allows you to get on the runway centerline just outside the airport, and close to the threshold, then you might even want something like a 17-40 or even a fisheye.

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May 14, 2018 11:16 |  #9

I would "take" both, and then use the one that works best for the location and your shooting style. I'd probably walk out the door with the 400mm mounted.


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Jun 10, 2018 22:12 |  #10

the OP has most likely found out from personal exp. the answer to his question by now. My 2cents,,,a 400mm is often too long ,,,and planes move fast,,,a 70-200 or 100-400 is your friend. Of course if you have to stay well away from the runways a 400mm might be ok. In late spring to early fall heat haze and airborne pollution can seriously work against you.


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