ChrisPerkins From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 13 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5307 times:
Can anyone give me some advice (or reference) on how to best take pictures through cockpit windows? I am especially looking for comments on what equipment to use. I am currently using a Canon 400D with an IS f4 100-400mm and find it hard to get a sharp image despite the IS. Any advices are most welcome! Many thanks & best regards,
What I've found is that the longer you zoom, the more the quality is affected by how bad the windows are. It's very rare to get anything decent at 100mm, so I usually try to shoot wider than longer (but too wide has its issues too: it's more likely to pick up any little specks on the window). So, I don't think the 100-400 is the best choice for window shots (I would guess it's also quite bulky and more awkward to use, especially if you're sitting in Y with a person right next to you).
Quoting ChrisPerkins (Reply 2): How do DSLR compare with compact cameras with great zoom range?
I haven't tried some of the higher end compacts (e.g., S95, G12, and equivalent), but when you're close to the ground and the ground is moving fast, you need a reasonably high shutter speed to freeze the action (I try for at least 1/400-1/500) and for that you need to increase your ISO (I generally use 200, 400 sometimes on cloudier days). And DSLRs just have much better high ISO performance than most compacts.
Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
jspitfire From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5135 times:
I've found using the 100-400 in the cockpit gets me mixed results. Probably about half the time I've tried using it i've gotten useable photos, the other half aren't that great. (some due to too low an ISO of course!)
One of my problems with shooting up front is the windshield heat. Sometimes, at certain apertures maybe, it really ruins the image. Other times though I've got a decent shot, so I've still got to figure out what works and what doesn't.
Of course, with the plane I'm flying I also have one huge advantage....
ChrisPerkins From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4986 times:
Guys, thank you for the comments.
@Tony: I don't have the problem in Y class, since the thread says "Taking Pictures Through Cockpit Windows".. The big difference between passenger windows and cockpit windows I think is the fact that cockpit windows have a built in heating system that often negatively affect the optics. Thank you though for your general input on A2A!
@Jason: That really is a big advantage, offering some spectacular photography options. However, at FL390 I still prefer to have my window shut
Keep posting any experience/ findings on the topic, so we can increase the success rate (which seems to be around 1/100)..