What did I see?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Rudy Benner, Feb 4, 2008.

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    Rudy Benner Guest

    Trick question?

    Possibly a black Nikon camera with a 500mm telephoto lens? The other was
    likely a Canon lens.

    Do I get a prize?
    Rudy Benner, Feb 4, 2008
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    SteveB Guest

    Yesterday afternoon, I took a different route to get up on the freeway in
    Las Vegas. Next to Nellis AFB, there were three photographers taking
    pictures. What I'm going to describe was a fast view from driving by at 55

    The first two cameras were definitely black. They had lenses that looked
    about eighteen inches long, and four to six inches wide at the end. One
    fellow had just snapped a photo of five Thunderbirds coming in formation,
    and he lowered the camera as though it were very heavy. The last had a
    camera I didn't see, as I saw the lens mostly. It was very light grey color
    with about three rings on it, black, IIRC.

    The jets were not high, as they were on landing approach pattern. I'm
    amazed that they using such large lenses, but may have been using them at a
    smaller magnification.

    What sort of lenses fit that description?


    SteveB, Feb 4, 2008
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    Joel Guest

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    Joel Guest

    Joel, Feb 4, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    I have 500mm and it's Canon lens <bg> You are right about the grey/white
    one which is Canon L lens, and I believe Panasonic or other menufacture
    paint its white (whiter than Canon white which isn't pure white).

    BTW, see my other message .. and there are tons of them
    Joel, Feb 4, 2008
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    Joel Guest

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    Joel Guest

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    SteveB Guest

    All my respect and admiration. Hope you can handle it.

    I could sit and watch the jets take off and land all day at Nellis.
    Particularly the hotrodders that sometimes do a straight up run to who knows
    how high. Seen the B2 come in there lots of times low and slow. Lots of
    117s, and now they are flying the Raptors out of there. Just awesome.

    Steve ;-)
    SteveB, Feb 4, 2008
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    dadiOH Guest

    Wimpy ones. When I was flying aerials, I used lenses close to a yard
    long and eight inches in diameter.



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  10. LOL.
    Hey girls.
    Look at the size of my lens.
    Woof ! ! !
    \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Feb 4, 2008
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    If ,as you claim going 55mph driving past, could determine the lens
    was 18 inches long and
    measured 4 to 6 inches in diameter then you weould be in the hall of
    records for the greatest engineering feat of all time!
    Frank Arthur, Feb 4, 2008
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    SteveB Guest

    Thank you. When will the presentation be? It is not that hard to judge in
    relation to the width of a person's shoulders, the size of their head, etc.

    SteveB, Feb 4, 2008
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    DaveS Guest

    Some heads are bigger than others... :O)

    Have fun,
    DaveS, Feb 4, 2008
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    Sorry but you don't get any prize. Your 55mph story is just that- a
    Even if you placed that lens against someones shoulder and you stood
    still 6 feet away you
    couldn't determine that it was 18 inches long even if you knew how
    wide that shoulder was!
    Frank Arthur, Feb 4, 2008
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    SteveB Guest

    My bad. I apologize. I wasn't even there. I did not see what I saw. I
    did not experience what I experienced. I have no common sense. In my sixty
    years, I have not learned anything about judging sizes, distances, or
    anything else that can be linked to life experience.

    Thank you ever so much for straightening me out. I shall now go to the
    woodpile to endlessly pound my body with lengths of firewood to the point of
    unconsciousness so that I NEVER EVER make the same mistake again.

    SteveB, Feb 5, 2008
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    Ken Hart Guest

    How long will those lengths of wood be? What kind of wood? How many cords of
    wood is the woodpile? Also, you stated the beating would be "endless'; who
    will continue the beating after you are unconscious?
    For the record, I realized that when you described the size in your original
    post, there was some 'give' in your measurements. It's very difficult to use
    a micrometer at 55 MPH. Generally, micrometers aren't accurate above 40MPH
    and must be within the same county as the object being measured.
    Ken Hart, Feb 5, 2008
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    SteveB Guest

    I was using the metric system, so your argument does hot hold oatmeal.

    SteveB, Feb 6, 2008
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Hey, Steve, just tell 'em I was with you and I can verify the

    Dudley Hanks, Feb 6, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    I believe you can measure accurately at that speed and distance. After all,
    my wife has the ability to tell me when the fruit isn't ripe when we pass a
    farm stand at that speed, even without her glasses on. :)
    Peter, Feb 6, 2008
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    SteveB Guest

    How do they do that? I could tell you lots of stories about things I
    thought I was interested in, but my wife told me that it wasn't any
    good/worth it, so we (I) didn't stop.

    SteveB, Feb 6, 2008
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