Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3786 posts, RR: 24 Posted (12 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1757 times:
I just viewed you latest uploads...WOW!!!..........I was blown away by your head on rotation shots taken at BHX, simply stunning! In particular the Air Malta 737 and the BA A319.
I know that you are for the most part all digital, although I forgot which camera you use. But I am curious about your lens combo. I would assume that these were taken with no less than a 500mm tele, judging by the compressed look of the shots.
Seeing your fine examples along with A.Hunts and others has convinced me to go after that Canon D30 later this year or early next year. This would certainly compliment my other 3 EOS cameras. As a matter of fact I saw one listed for $1600.00 at a NY store, although I am a little suspicious of this price however.
Da fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1584 times:
Those takeoff and rotation shots were, as Colin says, taken with a Sigma 600mm mirror on the front of the D30 - effective focal length = 960mm!
(The couple of rear-views of a/c going over the threshold were only shot at 500mm, hence the wider field of view.)
The Aer Lingus and BA A319 had the whole combo (D30 & 600mm) mounted securely on a pretty hefty Manfrotto tripod, but I'm quite proud of the fact that the Air Malta was taken handheld from the top of a stepladder!
Craigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1516 times:
I think it may be because the lens is rated for a 35mm body. The effective zoom ratio is always greater on a digital because of the difference in size of the CCD compared to 35mm film. For example, my digital is 7 -70 mm, equivalent to 37 - 370 on a 35mm camera.
Da fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1526 times:
The D30, in common with other digital SLRs (Nikon D1, Fuji S1) has a CCD (in the Canon it's actually a CMOS image sensor, but you know what I mean) chip that is smaller than a 35mm frame. It's the equivalent of cropping the edges from a 35mm image to leave only the area in the centre. For the Nikon/Fuji cameras, the factor to obtain the effective focal length is 1.5x, and for the Canon D30 it's 1.6x, as the Canon CMOS chip is slightly smaller than the CCD used by Nikon/Fuji.
Da fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 9 Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1445 times:
Not a well known location, anyway.
From the famous Myrtle Avenue field, go down the A30 towards Terminal 4. Take the T4 turnoff, go up the hill, and just before the road goes over the bridge there's a grassy bank to your left. This is the spot - it's quite high up, so offers a kind of view over the trees etc. and gives you the chance to get a little background in the approach shots. However, you'd better have a long lens - typically, you need 500mm for a 747!
It's a shame there's so much clutter in the way, because you can actually see the aircraft touching down on 27L - but they are inevitably partially obscured by bits of tree, lamppost etc. as they do so!