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User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3273 times:

Hi folks, I'm off to St Maarten in October and just wondered if anyone who's been there can help me with:

- the best lens(es) to take with me (I have a Canon 20D + 17-40, 28-135 and 100-400)

- the best place to stay; I'm currently booked in at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort but having read a couple of reports on tripadvisor.com, I'm having second thoughts!

Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,  airplane 

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User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1015 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

Heck, if you have backpack for your gear, take them all! I would bet the 17-40 would be perfect for the beach. What do I know though, I've never been there!  Smile


Bring back Bethune!
User currently offlineJetAv8r From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3226 times:


I stayed in the La Terrasse while I was there there and it was great. It's part of the Royal Islander Club with the Sonest so you have access to the Sonesta's pool area (you can access the La Terrasse pool if you stay in the Sonesta). I thought the Sonesta looked great and I would have perfered to stay there.

Ater you finish shooting arrivals I'd highly suggest you head over to the La Terrasse's pool side for shooting departures.

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Photo © Bjorn Alegren

That's me standing there! The lighting is really good there in the early evening and can make for some great pictures. This was taken from that point at around 150mm.

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Photo © Alex McMahon

I can't help you much with lens advice, I only have a single fixed 35-380mm lens. Let me know if I can help any more.

Have fun down there,


[Edited 2005-05-07 18:20:21]

User currently offlineJat74l From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 618 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

Calling BIGDEN.....

(I think he may be already down there!)


I like trains just as much as planes but trains don't like the Atlantic!
User currently offlineKLGAviation From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 243 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3165 times:


Stay at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort!! Trust me, it's the greatest.

Don't stay far away from the airport... you'll find it to be a pain. If you do stay at the Sonesta, you can walk out your hotel room and be down at the beach in minutes by taking a short walk on the northern stretch of the beach.

18mm-200mm was perfect for me. Anything less may cause much frusteration... so bring everything you have!

This is cropped from a 200mm shot, just to show you what balconies have to offer:

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Photo © Christopher Ryan

Have a great trip! You can email me via the Contact button if you have any question or need recommendations.


There is a fine line between a picture and a photo. The latter seems to be disappearing.
User currently offlineAirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1456 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (11 years 22 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

Your 17-40mm will be perfect for 757 and bigger planes over the Beach.
Try Art Brett's excellent site http://www.anniebees.com/Photos/SpottingSaintMaarten.htm for info on "mm" required for other locations.
This pic of mine is at approx. 24mm

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Photo © Kazim Alikhan - t.dot photography

This at approx. 18mm

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Photo © Kazim Alikhan - t.dot photography


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