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helicopter
11 Jul 2012 - 9:21 PM

I,ve just got back from Fairford airshow and realise my 70-200 is not long enough to get close ups of planes in flight, I would appreciate any suggestions as to what I should buy either Canon or after market. I am using a 7D

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 9:24 PM

Well, he uses 100-400

macroman
macroman  1115312 forum posts England
11 Jul 2012 - 9:41 PM

I have a Sigma 70-300 which usually does the job.

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Last Modified By macroman at 11 Jul 2012 - 9:45 PM
justin c
justin c  104512 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 9:46 PM

A Canon 100-400mm lens would be a good choice, if not, adding a Canon 1.4X extender to your current lens would be another option, giving a little extra reach.

Franticsmurf
11 Jul 2012 - 9:47 PM

I used a Nikon 70-300 and a Sigma 170-500 at the local airshow last year. The 500mm was a bit too long for some of the planes when they flew close to the crowd. At full zoom, it was a handful and I wasn't using a monopod but there was plenty of light for a fast shutter speed. It gave great detail, though, and was ideal for the fast jets.

mohikan22
mohikan22  102187 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 9:49 PM

Canon 300 F4 L
with Kenko Ext 1.5x

Sierrakitten
11 Jul 2012 - 9:50 PM

Next time, try going up to Totterdown for a day. I've had great results up there with just a 200mm. Anything longer would have been overkill. Location, location, location....Smile

Cybalist
Cybalist  2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 - 10:30 PM

-dsc5334.jpgI use a Sigma 150-500mm on my Nikon D300S, as it's a cropped sensor I get the same field of vision as a 225-750mm lens on full-frame. It's brilliant for planes and racing cars. The attached pic was taken at 500mm, and is uncropped. I picked the lens up second hand on Ebay for about 500. The pic was taken in Twickenham so the jet was already quite high up and was just a spec to my unaided eye.

Last Modified By Cybalist at 11 Jul 2012 - 10:34 PM
kodachrome
15 Jul 2012 - 8:04 AM

Was it the Farnborough Air Show this week end.

Koda

helicopter
15 Jul 2012 - 1:16 PM

what if I sell my 70-200mm and replace it with a 100-400mm L series would that be a good result ?. Comments please.

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 1:21 PM

Get yourself a teleconverter. Then you've got the best of both worlds. Even a 1.4 takes it up to 340mm, which isn't far off the 400mm. Plenty for all but the largest airshows.

justin c
justin c  104512 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 1:50 PM


Quote: Even a 1.4 takes it up to 340mm,

A 1.4x extender/converter on a 200mm lens gives you 280mm




Quote: what if I sell my 70-200mm and replace it with a 100-400mm L series would that be a good result ?

That would be a good choice IMO.

Last Modified By justin c at 15 Jul 2012 - 1:51 PM
mikehit
mikehit  46171 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 5:23 PM


Quote: Even a 1.4 takes it up to 340mm,

A 1.4x extender/converter on a 200mm lens gives you 280mm




I agree. What we are talking about here is extending the range on the camera he has got, not comparing to performance on a totally different format.

Cybalist
Cybalist  2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 - 2:05 PM

Bear in mind teleconverters drop you a couple of stops

javam
javam e2 Member 91083 forum postsjavam vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 2:53 PM

If it is something you intend to do a lot of, the 100-400 is the lens to go for.

I would like a second body and a 500 or 600mm option for some things, but I need to build up the funds to do that.

You could always try hiring one for the next show you go to and see how you get on.

Before I bought the 100-400 I had the use of a friends 70-200 f2.8 IS L and 2x converter and it was not too bad a combo, but visibly softer than the 100-400.

Both are softer than the 400mm F5.6 L, but I prefer the flexibility of a zoom.

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