Need suggestions for lens for airshow

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Dave, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Hi,

    I have a Canon 20D and was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for a lens
    that would be ideal to photograph at an airshow.

    Thanks for any and all help.
    Dave
     
    Dave, Mar 15, 2006
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  2. Dave

    eawckyegcy Guest

    The Ideal Lens. Is this like the Ideal Gas?
    If you are close to the subjects, a wide angle lens.

    If you are far away from the subjects, a telephoto.
     
    eawckyegcy, Mar 15, 2006
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  3. Bigma....

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=105&sort=7&cat=37&page=1


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    John A. Stovall, Mar 15, 2006
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  4. A Bigma will do very well for airshow both in air and static display
    shots.


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    John A. Stovall, Mar 15, 2006
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  5. Dave

    ian lincoln Guest

    as long as you can comfortably hand hold and preferably IS. 300mm minimum.
     
    ian lincoln, Mar 16, 2006
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  6. Second the Bigma vote - I have a Sigma 50~500 for my Minolta Maxxum 7D and
    am completely tickled with it. Other than that Popeye forearm thing I'm
    developing... ;^)

    A few samples:

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    Bob ^,,^
     
    Bob Harrington, Mar 16, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    Bob, you going to Arlington again this year?
     
    cjcampbell, Mar 16, 2006
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  8. I hope so!
     
    Bob Harrington, Mar 16, 2006
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  9. Dave

    Roger Guest

    Love the range, but too Slow. I need f5.6

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    www.rogerhalstead.com
     
    Roger, Mar 16, 2006
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  10. Crank up the ISO and use Noise Ninja them...


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    "Vietnam is what we had instead of happy childhoods."

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    John A. Stovall, Mar 16, 2006
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  11. I purchased the "L" series 80-200 for that purpose and combine it with a
    1.4x extender. I think I would have been happier with the Canon 70-300 IS
    lens.

    The thing with airshows is that you want to be able to shoot at slow enough
    shutter speeds to blur the propellers. IS really helps. Also, IS helps you
    increase exposure so the underside of aircraft on the fly-by circuit isn't
    terribly underexposed.

    KB
     
    Kyle Boatright, Mar 17, 2006
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  12. Dave

    Roger Guest

    I'm using a D-70 which needs 5.6 for the metering to work.
    I do have an *old* AF 75 to 300 and all of the automated features work
    http://www.rogerhalstead.com/jets.htm

    What I'd really like is that 50 to 500 at f 5.6 and IS, or in
    Nikon's case, "VR". Unfortunately that probably put the price beyond
    what I've paid for my entire set of cameras and lenses.

    VR, or IS is very handy for air show work and high shutter speeds as
    has been pointed out is not the way to go with older aircraft.

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    www.rogerhalstead.com
     
    Roger, Mar 20, 2006
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