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User currently offlineKindjordan From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4035 times:

Hi Guys,

Well, i went to the casino this weekend & hit 4 of a kind. Won a pretty penny and I think its time to buy my first professional camera. I am an aspiring aviation photographer and have read many posts on different types of cameras and done searches but cannot seem to put all the pieces of the puzzle together to pick 1. I was considering either Nikon or Canon and would be interested in lens with 200-300mm capability.

I live on the Rwy 4 approach path for La Guardia airport looking directly at New York City down the Hudson river. It often makes for interesting scenery along with air traffic. Heres an example of my view and what i like to shoot.


I was wondering if some of of you guys could make some suggestions for me. I'm looking in the $1500 range. I have heard good things about the Nikon D200/D20 and the Canon 30D. I shoot alot of night photography so I was wondering if these cameras had shutter speed limitations. I looked on the sites and was unable to find this information. Any suggestions you guys might have would be wonderful and thank you in advance.

Heres a link to my small myaviation gallery


[Edited 2006-09-11 20:27:33]

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User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3988 times:

You have a very nice view there! Yonkers?

For A.net type of photos, I think you will want to get yourself closer to the airport though ... Certainly the guys at www.nycaviation.com could give lots of pointers on the best locations. They have an active spotting forum there.

Either the Nikon D200 or the Canon 30D are very capable of producing high quality photos when paired with a quality lense. I believe that both of these cameras have the ability to have a shutter speed as long as you desire (with mirror lock) so you can play with some long expsoures.

Best of luck,

User currently offlineKindjordan From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3970 times:

Thanks Dan...I realize that I forgot to mention that I spend alot of time at HPN & LGA spotting and taking pictures of planes. My current camera is not of professional quality and I didnt have great examples from the airport.

I do defintly intend on taking shots of planes approaching and departing these airports with my new camera. Thank you for your advice.


User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

Hi Kindjordan...

I just recently purchased a Nikon D200, and have fallen in love with it. I was looking exclusively at the Canon 30D when a friend suggested I check out the Nikon. I have no regrets... In my opinion, the Nikon offers a few more features than the Canon that benefit the Aviation Photographer, a big one being the sealed magnesium case of the D200, where as the Canon 30D is an unsealed aluminum case. The Nikon will stand up to the elements better than the Canon.

Just my  twocents 


Proud to be an A&P!!!
User currently offlineLinco22 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1389 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3909 times:

More to the point, hitting the 'jackpot', thats what I need!

Good luck with you choice of weapon, but buy good glass, it'll pay in the long run.

Colin  Smile

User currently offlineKindjordan From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3878 times:

Again, thank you so much for your opinons. I am very excited to go shopping today. I think I will take your suggestion Colin and not chinze out on the Lens.

I look forward to your continuing suggestions.

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