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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2521 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

First of all, let me say how much I enjoy airliners.net and its many great photographs!!!!!

I am a fairly new aviation enthusiast and have a couple of questions.

On many of my flights, I have taken pictures of several airplanes sitting at the gate or taxiing. All done with your basic camera.

I would like some advise on taking it to the next level. I am not looking at posting pics here, but just want to start my own collection.

Anyone have any advise on a "first timers" camera to buy? Also, any good literature on getting started in aviation photography.

I am sure this topic has been posted dozens of times, but would appreciate any responses.

To all the photographers out there that post here, keep up the excellent work!!!

Thanks,

Greg


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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3342 times:

okey, i am no expert but i do own the basics.

All you need is, an automatic SLR camera, a decent lense and if you want them on your computer a decent scanner.

My advice is start off with a cheapish Canon SLR with about 200mm focal length using Kodak Royal Gold print film or similar.

You can carry on from there.

I am sure others can give you tips on how to take pics.

Cheers

Dan


User currently offlineClassic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3322 times:

Basicly just do what EGGD said. That's pretty much all there is to it. I would do one thing diffrent, get a 300mm lense.

User currently offlineGlenn From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3317 times:

EGGD, if you own the basics, am I supposed to pay you a royalty for using them  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

I agree with the 300, but not the Kodak. Fuji has finer grain, which may help you get good scans (plus green looks far prettier than yellow in your camerabag which may impress the ladies  Nuts ).


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User currently offlineZhukov From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 74 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3281 times:

Yes, an automatic camera is probably a good choice for the beginning.

But you can also begin with a reflex and normal ~50-100mm lens, and then, if in some years you want something better, you only need to buy a second lens (like a 300mm or 400mm) without buying an another camera.

It's just a proposition, that depends how you intend to continue in the photo.


User currently offlineNight Hawk From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

G'day

Basically all you need is a good autofocus camera, Nikon, Canon or Pentax seem to be the preferred brands out there at the moment. Most come with a standard 28-80mm or similar lense. You will need a telephoto lense, something around 300mm will be good. Pentax offers package deals with the MZ-50 selling the body, sigma 28-80mm and sigma 100-300mm lense for about AUS$600. Nikon will be by far the most expensive but it also the best, Canon along with Pentax offer good quality equipment and a cheaper price.

Regards

Greg


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