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Life's Reflection

Life's Reflection by Gp350

Classy one sir. Superb.


Paris by Night

Paris by Night by edrhodes

Very well thought out Ed. Another corker.



craggwildlife by Craggwildlife

V2 is definitely special, but they're both great shots.


Between the wires

Between the wires by SteveMoulding

Excellent control, pin sharp, but more importantly evocative of the place. Great stuff.


Hot & Cold running Owls

Hot & Cold running Owls by phil_j

Keep up the good work and the good(ish) puns Grin



Atlas by CanonMan

That last pic was a great addition. Nice panning.

Saab Viggen (spelling??)

Saab Viggen (spelling??) by RTR

Certainly a beauty Rich. Nicely done.


Tajmahal by 781969

The "odd lighting" is the air pollution which could only be changed by using square filters, or doing some heavy duty "post processing" Smile Still, it's a great angle on a much photographed subject - I never realized the Taj could be made to look like a Schloss! Wink



LILLE SEBASTOPOL version 2 by phdgent

Nous sommes d'accord. I'm sure the other images illustrate what the editor had in mind, but this is the image that catches the eye...


Autumn Swirls

Autumn Swirls by NeilM

Nicely spotted swirls. They make the picture. Smile


Two P51's

Two P51's by Nigel_95

Very good Nigel. Nice prop blur, and a great composition. I missed that airshow, & I definitely wished I'd been there now! Wink

Ribblehead double header

Ribblehead double header by smithgj

As Richard said, the cheering people add a great touch


Out in front

Out in front by Shane136

Pin sharp in the foreground and good background blur. Superb shot Shane.

Gay bikers

Gay bikers by agustjons

...on Acid? In homage to the group of that name, of course Wink

RIAT 2011 A10 Thunderbolt II (W/hog)

RIAT 2011 A10 Thunderbolt II (W/hog) by Nike55

Hi Nigel here's my two-penneth. First off it's a nice image of the Hog. I disagree that the big primes are not practical, they're just bloody heavy and it's a challenge to get the subject centre frame handheld if your frame rate is low. If handheld is not possible, I've seen Belgian and French guys at Duxford (2012/2013) & RIAT (2013) respectively with big 600mm primes mounted on gimble head tripods.

There's no reason to try panning the fast jets as there's nothing to blur. Kick the T/V setting to 1/1000s, 1/1250s for jinkers like the Raptor or Rafale, or more for formation cross overs like the red arrows synchro pair, and enjoy the fact that ISO 100 and F4.5-F7.1 can work at 500mm + (full frame equivalent). You've got no choice if you use Auto-ISO and TV mode anyway.

The real down side of long reach lenses is that heat haze, & water & diesel vapour blur long distance images, but that applies equally to the 400mm/500mm zoom full frame equivalents on cut down sensor bodies like the 7D. In the end long focal lengths allow you to find the aircraft in patches of blue sky in the clag.

On your budget a 2nd hand 100-400mm F4L IS zoom would be a good compromise. 400mm full frame equivalent won't allow you to get a frame filling shot, even at Duxford, unless it's a Catalina or a Lancaster. Besides the zoom lenses are soft at either end of their zoom range. I own the 100-400 and it struggled on a full frame body at 400mm which was what the minimum needed for interesting shots of the Spitfires, Hurricanes et al. For bigger subjects at 250-300mm it worked well. On the 7D the 100-400mm is approxiamately 150-600mm.

If you've any doubts, hire. Various company's do 3 days for the price of 1 weekend deals so it'll cost you 100-150 to find out what a prime can do for you at an airshow. Less for the zooms.

TopicDate Made
Blowing-Up Images24/04/2007 - 11:16 PM
Image Problem31/08/2006 - 6:37 PM
Vulcan To The Sky Appeal23/08/2006 - 1:40 PM
Searching For a Decent Developer...06/03/2006 - 3:35 PM
Correcting Colour Casts28/01/2004 - 4:12 AM
TopicDate Contibuted
Ever get a 500mm prime lens and wish you had rather bought the 300 mm f2.8 with a 2x extender?30/05/2013 - 4:27 PM
Air Show Lens25/07/2012 - 1:29 PM
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Canon 500d over exposure24/07/2012 - 9:35 PM
Blowing-Up Images24/04/2007 - 11:16 PM
Neutral Density Filters help09/01/2007 - 11:02 PM
Image Problem01/09/2006 - 8:35 PM
Vulcan To The Sky Appeal23/08/2006 - 1:40 PM
Searching For a Decent Developer...06/03/2006 - 11:19 PM
How Far Do You Go?06/03/2006 - 4:13 PM
Filters22/04/2005 - 7:34 AM
Filter Storage20/04/2005 - 3:35 PM
Equipment reviews29/03/2005 - 12:22 PM
Careful where you shoot!29/03/2005 - 6:43 AM
ND Grad strengths29/03/2005 - 3:09 AM

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