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Your Opinion on a lens for Airshow Photography

 
JonnyA
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Oct 19, 2006 10:27 |  #1

I'd like your opinions on picking either a Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM or the 300MM f/4L IS USM. I will be picking up the 1.4 TC with either lens purchase. I attend the annual Airshow at Andrews Airforce Base in MD. and also the airshows in NJ. Would the 70-200MM be to short for taking photos of aircraft in flight? Thanks for your input.


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LightRules
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Oct 19, 2006 10:29 |  #2

The 100-400IS would be best for this. Is this an option for you?




  
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Oct 19, 2006 10:35 |  #3

Johnny; I'd go with a 400-mm zoom lens, The best for this are the Canon EF 100-400 iS L or the Sigma 80-400 OS EX DC.
I was very frustrated on our airshow, back in June because I wanted to take pictures of the static display and the 100-400 just wasn't wide enough, so carry two bodies or keep switching lenses all day which I don't recomend on a windy, dusty airfield.
Next Summer I'll have two bodies with me, One with the 100-400 and the other with the WA-zoom for static display. For flying planes, you need at least 300-mm, however don't forger, they also come close at times, so you'll need the flexibility of a zoom lens!
Have fun on the show! ;)


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angryhampster
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Oct 19, 2006 10:35 |  #4

I've seen very good results with a 70-200 and no TC. Since the aircraft are flying so low, you don't need that much reach really.


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JonnyA
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Oct 19, 2006 10:37 as a reply to  @ LightRules's post |  #5

The 100-400 was my original first choice, but after reading reviews on that lens in FM website, my choices went to the 70-200mm and 300mm. With the 1.4 TC it would cover the 400 mm range. Cost is not a problem. My concern is reach. Also involved here is some indoor shots. My son participates in Karate tournaments and i know that the F/2.8 of the 70-200 fits in real nicely there. I'm just not sure that the 70-200 would be able to capture the planes in flight as nicely as a 300 (420 with the 1.4 TC).


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Oct 19, 2006 11:37 as a reply to  @ JonnyA's post |  #6

I think the 70-200 and 1.4 is a nice combo and think it will do a good job for you.:DHeres 2 taken with that combo.

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