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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

Hello Fellow Planespotters,

My 2 cameras (Canon EOS 1000 and Canon Z115) have both failed in recent times so that I am in the market for a new one. I have taken a few aviation pictures with the EOS 1000 which came out reasonably well, seeing that at the time that I took them I was not into the hobby of aviation photography. (Most of my photos are of landscapes, beaches and the like for which both cameras gave excellent results.)

I would like your recommendations as to which cameras and models are best for aviation photography, as I would like to take more aircraft photos. Also, any suggestions as to good sources for equipment or recommendations as to Web purchases of cameras would be appreciated.

Thank you all in advance.


p.s. No attempt is being made to blackball Canon or any other camera manufacturer. If you have a Canon which you would like to recommend, by all means do so! Does anybody have any experience with the EOS Rebel series?

Hop to it, fly for life!
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User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (15 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2853 times:

I have a similar problem: I have a camera, but I am thinking sometimes of buying a new one. I have a Canon EOS RT, which is based on the good ole' EOS 600. I will never buy anything different, than an EOS,... unless I see something better.  

Seriously, the picture quality is good, the handling itself also very good. But that depends perhaps on what you were using so far. I have tried a Nikon of a friend of mine and didn't like it, simply because it was different in the handling. Of course I know, after some weeks of practice I would handle a new camera as well, but why switch, if the picture quality is the same?

I think it's very difficult to choose the right camera.


dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (15 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

I think the camera is a relatively insignificant part of the equation - its the lenses that matter. Consider the lenses you have or are likely to want in future, price, quality etc. then choose a body to suit.



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5615 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (15 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2864 times:
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I have a Canon EOS1000 with Sigma lenses which came with the package a few years ago.

Have a look at one of my latest results:


Gary Watt
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User currently offlineNosewheel From Jamaica, joined Jul 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2849 times:


I use an EOS 50e and it works very well...very quick, accurate autofocus, which is what I look for first...then independent focus mode which EOS 50e has...by which I mean the focus tracks moving objects in any mode...which is important to me as I always use aperture priority.

You can see a few of my shots at...


All of which were shot with EOS 50e and Kodak Royal Gold print film.

Also, my recent additions to airliners.net are all shot with the 50e.

Good luck in your quest.

Dean Barnes

User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (15 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

Hi there!

You can't fail with a Pentax - they have EXTREMELY fast auto focus - faster than any Canon EOS i've ever placed my hands on.

C. Wassell

-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineHias From Germany, joined Sep 2000, 349 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (15 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Hi there,

I am using a Nikon N90 and a Nikon N60. Especially the N90 is very fast, but I think a Canon EOS50 or EOS3 will fullfill your needs as well. Especially when you already have the lenses for you Canon EOS 1000.

The speed of the motordrive is very important and the N90 makes 4.3 fps. Also the autofocus motor is very fast, especially when you use "good" lenses. I recently bought a 2,8/80-200mm original Nikon lens and I am very very confident with it.



User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (15 years 8 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2807 times:

WOW Gary!! That UAL 747 shot is SWEET!!!!!

Bes't i've seen!

C. Wassell

-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (15 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

Gary, that UAL shot is an awesome shot - in terms of picture quality!

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
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