Md11fan From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 111 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2180 times:
I am going to be going to the abbotsford airshow on the 11 or 12 and am also staying in the vancouver area for about 3 days or so and was wondering if it was worth it to rent a good lense. I already have the 70-200 F4 but am afraid that it is to small, and was thinking about renting a 100-400 but i dont know if 90$ is worth it for the rental, so if anyone has any tips on this and if someone can tell me something good to do in vancouver it will be greatly appreciated?
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2143 times:
Have fun in Vancouver, it is a nice place to visit. I was there for 2 days after I went to Alaska. The show your going to looks AWESOME! I would have more than the 70-200 on me for that show. If you don't rent the 100-400 you can rent (for cheap) or buy my Sigma 50-500. I hardly use it anymore as I have the Canon 300 f/4 L IS prime now. I don't know what the weather will be like, but if it is usual Vancouver you might want to rent the 100-400 because of the IS. Other than the airshow you can visit Chinatown, which is the largest Chinatown outside China from what I recall. I also went to Stanley Park which was cool. They have a very nice aquarium there and the park itself is beautiful. If you are staying in the downtown are you can also shoot at the Seaplane docks. I didn't get great shots because of weather but managed to pull this one off.
You can never have enough range at an airshow for flight displays. I find myself on the 'way too little focal length' end with my 100-400 on a 1,3 crop.... don't know about your airshow in detail of course, but a 100-400 will do fine for some good shots...next time you'll be wishing for a 600 though, trust me
The main seating area is quite far from the runway / show line so the more lens length the better, and don't forget that lens hood too cause you'll be shooting into the sun most of the day. Biggest problem I've found most years is heat haze, although the weather can be a mixed bag (as you can see from the photos). If you're in town on the Thursday prior to the Friday show start I'd recommend checking out the airshow arrivals. You get most of the teams practicing their shows as well as all the static displays showing up.
As for shooting around vancouver there are plenty of spots. YVR is a little bit of a drive from Abbotsford but if you're staying in the downtown area it's only about 20-30 minutes away. If you want to stay downtown there are plenty of places to shoot float planes (CXH) or helicopters at the downtown helipad just to the east of Canada Place. Search my photos for more examples.
Md11fan From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 111 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
Wow guys thanks for the replys. Well i have an update about my trip, it seams that i will be starting off in the Seattle are from the 8-10 and then drive up to the Vancouver area. I will be staying in the area of Surrey? so im guessing its about in the middle of abbotsford and Vancouver so i dont know if thats a plus or a minus, but we are going to stay there until the 12 and then drive back to SEA and come back home. I hope that i have enough time to see everything i want, i want to thanks everyone for there replys and if you got anymore keep them coming!