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Air Show Lens

11 Jul 2012 9:21PM
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 Plus
11 13.4k 28 Wales
11 Jul 2012 9:24PM
macroman Plus
13 15.3k England
11 Jul 2012 9:41PM
I have a Sigma 70-300 which usually does the job.



justin c Plus
13 4.8k 36 England
11 Jul 2012 9:46PM
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.
11 Jul 2012 9:47PM
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 Plus
12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 9:49PM
Canon 300 F4 L
with Kenko Ext 1.5x
11 Jul 2012 9:50PM
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
11 Jul 2012 10:30PM

I 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.
15 Jul 2012 8:04AM
Was it the Farnborough Air Show this week end.

15 Jul 2012 1:16PM
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 Plus
12 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2012 1:21PM
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 Plus
13 4.8k 36 England
15 Jul 2012 1:50PM

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.
mikehit Plus
7 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2012 5:23PM

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.
16 Jul 2012 2:05PM
Bear in mind teleconverters drop you a couple of stops
javam Plus
12 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 2:53PM
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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