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What lenses for an airshow?

 
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Jun 03, 2006 21:06 |  #1

Hitting the Reading, PA WWII airshow tomorrow and don't want to carry to much kit. My 13 year old son wouldn't appreciate being used as a pack horse. :)

I was thinking the 5D with the 17-40 and the 20D with the 400 and the 1.4 TC.

Any other suggestions?


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Jun 03, 2006 21:34 |  #2
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Sounds about right. Depending on your position, you may not need the TC. I shot one last year with just the 70-200, and it worked well. The planes flew so close to the ground, I didn't need any extra reach.



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Jun 04, 2006 03:44 |  #3

I've no experience in shooting airshows (or anything else for that matter) but I thought that you lost AF capability when combining the 400 and 1.4x on a 20D. Wouldn't that make shooting moving planes somewhat difficult?




  
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Jun 04, 2006 05:57 |  #4

Use the 300 f4IS on the 5D and and the 24-70. Keep the 20D as a backup. Take the 50 or the 85 for indoors, if you get inside anywhere.

Get there nice and early so you can get a good spot on the fence. You do have a good tripod and head don't you?


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Jun 04, 2006 06:56 |  #5

I shot a recent air show with my 70-200 and it worked very well. Especially for the formation flying, I actually had to zoom out to 70mm to capture some of the formations. Ideally a 100-400 would have been perfect.


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Jun 04, 2006 08:10 |  #6

I've used the 70-200 and the 100-400 for the long shots. The 70-200 may be a bit short on the 5D, but with a 1.4X teleconverter, it would be very good for many shots. Depends on where you get to stand in relation to the action.

As stated by others, putting a 24-70 on the 20D for close-up shooting is a good idea as well.

EDIT: Maybe the 70-200 on the 20D and the 24-70 on the 5D. Bring the teleconverter along as well.


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Jun 04, 2006 12:02 |  #7

70-200 too.


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Jun 04, 2006 12:08 |  #8

I had a similar question, good that is already asked.

Now with my 600mm F 4.5 on a tripod (That I just got) will I look cool , or look fool???


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Jun 04, 2006 12:20 as a reply to  @ samsen's post |  #9

I did an airshow with 35mm about 15 years ago for an aircraft modelling magazine. For that I used a 600mm mirror lens - pretty well exclusively. I locked focus on infinity.


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Jun 04, 2006 12:21 |  #10

Do you care how you look, or how your photos look? The people who matter won't think you look a fool, unless the featured attraction is Air Mobility Command's new C-17 demonstration team, for which a fisheye would be more appropriate.


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Jun 04, 2006 12:37 as a reply to  @ samsen's post |  #11
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samsen wrote:
I had a similar question, good that is already asked.

Now with my 600mm F 4.5 on a tripod (That I just got) will I look cool , or look fool???

I wouldn't use that as a primary lens for flight pictures. You need to be able to pan...quickly.



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Jun 04, 2006 18:06 as a reply to  @ liza's post |  #12

A 600mm mirror lens is a LOT smaller than a normal 600mm - and much much lighter, so is hand-holdable with the correct shutter speed.


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Jun 05, 2006 13:35 |  #13

Ended up taking the 5D and 20D, used the 400 5.6 on the 20 D and the 17-40 and 70-200 on the 5D. Best shot of the day is this one; my son's first experience with a digital SLR...

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Jun 05, 2006 18:30 |  #14

Great shot of your son. It's fun to see the kids get interested in photography.


I just ordered the lens he's using yesterday -- got confirmation it shipped today! I can't wait!!!


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Jun 05, 2006 18:40 as a reply to  @ samsen's post |  #15

samsen wrote:
I had a similar question, good that is already asked.

Now with my 600mm F 4.5 on a tripod (That I just got) will I look cool , or look fool???

You mean something like this? http://kaitcilla.smugm​ug.com/gallery/1479541​/3/70746970 (external link)


My web site: http://kaitcilla.smugm​ug.com/ (external link)

Los Angeles area local photography group: http://lashooters.org (external link)

  
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