Hi all, Just thought I would start a thread on camera lenses, wondering what everyone else use for Aviation and marine vessels.
I use a NIKON 55-300mm VRII lens, usually on maximum 300mm unless I can get nearer to the ships without getting wet.
Sometimes the 18-55 kit lens makes an appearence if the vessels are docked or if Im at the end of Bournemouth International runway and the planes are just above my head. :)
Now wondering if a fixed 50mm f1.8 or f1.4 would come in handy. ?? has anyone used one for close ups?
wide angle lenses? Do you need the £££ lens or has anyone tried the add ons??
what have you got?????????????????????????????
Look forward to hearing from you all :) que discussion :D
Usually use my DX Nikon 70-300mm VRII and the FX Nikon 35-70mm 2.8. Both small to carry and handsome to use for taking quick pics. Especially the 70-300mm VRII, also popular by Ken Rockwell as well as the 35-70 2.8 a colorfull lens. Sometimes i use the 170-500mm for long range pics. On airports there is always heat haze, and always noticed in long range pics. The FX 50mm 1.8 is a superb lens but i dont use it much because i change postion much and mostly not near a plane in a range of 5m. The lenses been mounted on my D90 and D200 mostly. Sometimes use the FX on my full frame cameras. Sometimes i still use my old analog cameras the F3 and FE2. Such a beatifull pics with on analog films and with the Nikon lead lenses.
Good topic Steve..!! For ships I normally start with a 70-300mm (mine is Sigma). Plenty of range from a long way out to in close. Once the ship is too close, I do a quick switch to a Sigma 17-70mm for side-on shots. For ships anchored off the coast, I use a 100-400mm but a solid tripod is a must.
At the airport I use the 70-300mm almost exclusively. Zoom in for an aircraft on approach and slowly wind it out as it gets closer. It is pointless doing ground shots at Perth in summer because of heat shimmer even over short distances.
Hi steve i use for aviation shots distance sigma 135-400 and and a canon 75-300 for landing aircraft and taking off also use 18-200 tameron for static and close up aircraft just recently used my 135-400 at tenerife airport south right at the side of runway on a specialy prepared mound for photographers my camera canon 400d
yes i managed a couple of trips to St Barts, the first in an Islander, the second in a Winnair twin otter
amazing landing stall warnings etc, you just dont realise how good the pilots are until you see how
steep that hill is on the approach, your life really is in their hands. !!!
I was lucky enough to be there last year, we had 4 warbirds operating out of TNCM., a Kittyhawk, mutang,
corsair, and a Mitchell, will post some pics soon.
you are doing ok with the equipment you have.
Forget the notion that you have to buy big...........
Enjoy your photography as we enjoy your uploads.
Is anyone else out there a fan of the L-series Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM super telephoto zoom lens equipped with an Image Stabilizer? One of my favorite lens features found on the 100-400 is image stabilization. The image stabilizer helps significantly when handholding in low light.
Patrick, I'm also interested in the image stabilization topic. I'm considering a canon 70-200mm L-series lens for on- airport photos, but I'd like to save some money and not purchase the IS option. Is image stabilization really necessary in good light even if it's hand held?
I don't consider this a Canon specific question, so others please comment on the general need for IS.
Certainly one of the main disadvantages of lens-based image stabilization is the higher price tag that comes with it, but for me the advantage of sharper images are were worth the extra cost. And not having to carry around a tripod is nice.
I'd be interested in hearing other opinions...