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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

I've been getting a fair few e-mails through the A-Net system asking about the BIGMA and a recurring theme of all of these is a question asking me if I shoot handheld or on a tripod.

Personally I only ever shoot handheld as I've yet to see let alone try a tripod that can allow me to pan fast enought to cope with a fast military jet or airliner on approach.

Does anyone here actually shoot mvoing aircraft with a tripod?

Cheers!

Rez
 Big grin


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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

Hi Rez,

I have a tripod for shots with low light when the object is not moving but never use it for panning in day light.

I know someone who used to do so (not an a.netter) and I never understood, as you say how they could pan effectively. They don't use it anymore so perhaps that answers the question that handheld is better.

OT but how do you find the 50-500 EX Rez? Good quality? Easy to handhold etc as I am looking at getting myself one

Cheers

Ben Pritchard


User currently offlinePhilhyde From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

I have not made the investment yet for my 10D (have to buy a separate tripod ring for the EF 70-200 f/4L lens), however I used a monopod with my Powershot Pro1 and had very satisfying results. This type of support should allow you to pan, at least to a moderate degree. Ultimately, though, I think handheld is the way to go for high angle shots of moving a/c.

cheers,
Phil



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User currently offlineJid From Barbados, joined Dec 2004, 972 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

Hi Rez, tripods at night for me only. For daylight moving shots its a monopod all the way for me and only at full zoom. Hand held is by far the best option even if the monopod is still attached because it adds extra weight and a stability to the camera.

Jid



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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Thanks for the responses guys! Big grin

Ben,

The BIGMA is a bit of a beast of a lens. A touch onthe heavy side but my arm muscles are developing accordingly!. The zoom was a bit stiff initially and I've had to get used to the twist zoom action having somehow managed to develop a push-pull zoom action with its predecessor the Sigma 170-500. As mentioned in other posts, in good light it is very good but once the light starts to fail I may as well pack up and go home.... ahh the joys (and expense!) of IS! The build quality of the lens is also very good and the tripod collar makes a great handle for lifting the whole lot. Be aware though that a new version has comeout (DG) which I think has got better coatings on the optics(?), though apparently it's more expensive as well...


Phil / Mick,

I used to have a monopod and for a few airshows I would try swinging the camera around with the tripod attached.... trouble is it was quite annoying for the folks whose hats I knocked off!  rotfl ... ended up selling it and the cheap Velbon tripod on Ebay. In their place I've recently invested in a SLIK Pro 700DX tripod with the 4 way head... Lovely bit of kit and rock solid!

Anyway, back to the subject at hand... not many folks using tripods.... didn't think so.

Thanks all!

Rez
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User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

Quoting Philhyde (Reply 2):
(have to buy a separate tripod ring for the EF 70-200 f/4L lens),

Just an fyi, I always use my tripod on my 300D - without the ring on the 70-200 and it does just fine.

Regards



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User currently offlineLanpie From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2413 times:
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I do not use a tripod to take photo of moving aircraft.

I use a tripod when I take photos of aircrafts in a museum using long time of exposure without a flash.

Pierre


User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

I would use a tripod but my Lowepro Minitrekker does don't carry it very well. Seeing as it had to weigh around 4-7lbs I don't want to carry it by hand. The ball head on it is amazing! Worth ever penny. Well I didn't pay for it as I got a deal at the camera shot with my 100-400 purchase.

Thanks,

Matt

Oh IS does help a bit. Well a little bit more than "a bit."



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User currently offlinePhilhyde From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2371 times:

Quoting F9Widebody (Reply 5):
Just an fyi, I always use my tripod on my 300D - without the ring on the 70-200 and it does just fine.

That might work OK with the 300D and a tripod, but the 10D is a bit bulkier and the monopod provides less support. Adding the 1.4x teleconvertor would surely make it worse. As a first step, and since the tripod ring is currently on back-order everywhere, I plan on investing in a more substantial monopod.

cheers,
Phil



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User currently offlineEuropean From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2357 times:

Hello



I have one of these out of my dads magazine he gave me - I never use it though - I shoot handed ALL the time. Even if I had a big one I think I would.

Jimmi


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2732 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

Quoting European (Reply 9):
Even if I had a big one I think I would.

A big what Jimmi?  Wink



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User currently offlineEuropean From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Hey

Quoting European (Reply 9):
a big one

I MEAN A TRIPOD - LOL!  

Cya

Jimmi

[Edited 2005-06-01 20:03:57]

User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

I expected to see some "fisherman" talk in this topic.
Not even one person telling us shooting hand held with 1/25s at 800mm on a windy day, I am disappointed. Big grin

Anyway I do use a mono or tripod quite often.
The point is that even if you think the result is quite good the use of a tripod will always make it better and at least not lucky shot.

Willem



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User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Quoting Manzoori (Thread starter):
Does anyone here actually shoot mvoing aircraft with a tripod?

Actually, I shoot moving aircraft with a camera - I've never been able to find the slot to put the compact flash card into on my tripod!  Silly

Andy


User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

Boom Boom!


Also, further to my earlier post, I've just weighed the 10D, BG-ED3 and BIGMA, 2 batteries and a CF card... all up weight is...... 3.32Kg.

Cheers!

Rez
 Big grin

[Edited 2005-06-01 22:38:58]


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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

Rez,

Thanks for the info. I think although I am tempted I may get a 1.4x converter and new smaller EX lens rather than get the 50-500.

I love my 100-300mm EX f4 and I hear that it AF's well with a 1.4x attached so will probably go with that.

Many thanks for your help

Ben Pritchard


User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

No worries Ben... hope it works out for you.

Cheers!

Rez
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User currently offlineAnder From Spain, joined Jan 2005, 367 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

Using a tripod, like everything else, takes time to get used to.
I use a Manfrotto 190 with a 141 RC head, usually for panning.
It is very helpful when you are level and with the runway.
I believe results with low light are good, allow me to self-plug


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I also disconnect the IS on my 100-400.
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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

I go the economy route. For indoor images, I have a six foot chain with a tripod screw attached to one end. I step on the loose end to steady my camera. I was queried about my setup at the Udvar-Hazy Center and couldn't resist saying it was for grounding my camera to dissipate static electricity.  Smile

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User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5689 posts, RR: 44
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2046 times:
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Quote:
Also, further to my earlier post, I've just weighed the 10D, BG-ED3 and BIGMA, 2 batteries and a CF card... all up weight is...... 3.32Kg.

Damn.. that is the config I shoot with, no wonder my arms are tired after a few hours!!

I use a monopod sometimes, a rather solid Manfrotto one, only used a tripod on planes at night!

Regards

Chris



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User currently offlineAPFPilot1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

I just got my bigma on tuesday and as its been raining all week in south florida i havent had the oppertunity to use it. I'm going to try it handheld on tuesday assuming that the weather is good.

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