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Purchased A New Camera, Canon 1000D - Help Wanted  
User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12114 posts, RR: 18
Posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5392 times:
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I've just upgraded from a Canon S21S camera and purchased a new Canon EOS 1000D. The camera comes with the normal 18mm - 55mm lens and a 75mm - 300mm lens.

What type of lens (normal lens or 75mm-300mm type lens) do other a.netters use for shooting aircraft (ie landing, taking off and taxing)?

What settings do other a.netters use for cabin shots?

Every camera model is different, so whats the best setting (auto or manuel) mode for Canon for aviation type photos?

Any advice a.netters could provide as I'm basically starting out with a camera that will take me to the next level of photography?

[Edited 2011-05-13 00:54:54]

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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6418 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

Hi Jase,

Congratulats on your purchase.

Quoting 777ER (Thread starter):
What type of lens (normal lens or 75mm-300mm type lens) do other a.netters use for shooting aircraft (ie landing, taking off and taxing)?

Depends on where you are - how close you are to the planes etc. There is no standard because if you're really close up, you're obviously not going need a long lens.

Quoting 777ER (Thread starter):
What settings do other a.netters use for cabin shots?

Depends on light conditions. I tried for Av: f/8 and ISO 400 on my 400D and 18-55mm.. Got some acceptable ones with that. If there's enough light, it might be ok but you'll have to learn how to edit.

Quoting 777ER (Thread starter):
Every camera model is different, so whats the best setting (auto or manuel) mode for Canon for aviation type photos?

Never use Auto. And it's probably better to stay away from auto ISO too. Have a play around with the settings; you might want to start off with P mode and then have a play with Av or even Tv if you want prop blur. M if you want to really learn by trial and error. But either way, it should give you more knowledge of how to take photos once you start clicking a few.

I'll leave it at that.. See what others can provide.


Cheers,
Nicholas



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9951 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5375 times:
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Quoting 777ER (Thread starter):

Any advice a.netters could provide as I'm basically starting out with a camera that will take me to the next level of photography?

Read the manual, and get out and take lots of photos of various subjects. You'll learn a lot about photography (and obviously your camera) just from that.

Quoting 777ER (Thread starter):
What type of lens (normal lens or 75mm-300mm type lens) do other a.netters use for shooting aircraft (ie landing, taking off and taxing)?

Completely dependent on how far away the aircraft is, what type of shot you're going for, etc. There's no one answer.

But typically, for those of us who don't have access to the actual airport tarmac, we'll be using some length telephoto. 70-200, 70-300, 100-400, there's a fair variety. The 18-55 is pretty useless if the aircraft is more than a couple hundred feet away, as you'll have to crop way too much. But I've used it for shots from inside an airport terminal, when the planes are sitting close-by on the ramp.

Quoting 777ER (Thread starter):
Every camera model is different, so whats the best setting (auto or manuel) mode for Canon for aviation type photos?

Typically one of the manual modes. Some people shoot full manual, others use Av (aperture priority) mode (aperture priority means you set the desired aperture, and the camera will choose the appropriate shutter speed for your ISO setting). I use Av for most of my reasonably well-lit, high shutter speed shots. When it's sunset and past sunset, I'll shoot more shots on full manual, as the camera doesn't expose as well then. I typically use F7.1 and ISO200, but those settings change as night approaches as well.

Most importantly, don't expect A.net-worthy images anytime soon. I have the same camera, and I didn't get a photo in here until about 6 months and 3000 photos after I bought it. So instead of trying to shoot for A.net, go out and take photos of anything and everything. Learn about your camera and photography in general.



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6418 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5369 times:

Oh, and another thing - opening up a flickr account might help as you can post pics there for people to have a look at. Starting off there before jumping into trying to upload directly on A.Net might help you understand a bit better from other users as to what you can do better etc.


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User currently onlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6704 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5358 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):

Alternatively there's myaviation.net, for the plane pictures anyway.



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12114 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5349 times:
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Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 2):
go out and take photos of anything and everything. Learn about your camera and photography in general.

I didn't plan on buying the camera just for a.net photos. I also like taking scenery photos and anything that takes my fancy while I'm driving or out and about. one of the best things about the bigger cameras is with the bigger lens, more light comes throu which makes photographing easier

With my question What type of lens (normal lens or 75mm-300mm type lens) do other a.netters use for shooting aircraft (ie landing, taking off and taxing)?, what I meant to say was what lens setting (like 200mm) is better for taking clearer photos because the higher you go on zooming the more distorted the photo can be as everyone has their own preferences


User currently offlineSIA6696 From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5325 times:

Quoting 777ER (Thread starter):
What type of lens (normal lens or 75mm-300mm type lens) do other a.netters use for shooting aircraft (ie landing, taking off and taxing)?

What settings do other a.netters use for cabin shots?

A 75-300 will be perfectly fine. I had that lens for a year and it gave me some decent results. I have plenty of shots on the database taken with that lens, I recently upgraded to the 100-400mm, which gave me much better results, but there is not much wrong the 75-300.

For cabin and wingview shots the 18-55 will be fine. It has good IQ and i am still using mine for wing shots. It is a very good lens for the price.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9951 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5303 times:
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Quoting 777ER (Reply 5):
I didn't plan on buying the camera just for a.net photos. I also like taking scenery photos and anything that takes my fancy while I'm driving or out and about.

That's good (in my opinion). I didn't meant to suggest that you just bought the camera for A.net.

Quoting 777ER (Reply 5):
what I meant to say was what lens setting (like 200mm) is better for taking clearer photos because the higher you go on zooming the more distorted the photo can be as everyone has their own preferences

Yes, everyone has preferences, but there are also necessities based on how far away you are from the subject, atmospheric conditions, your particular copy of the lens, etc.

With my 70-300 (non-L), I don't take airplane photos above about 260mm. With my 55-250, I go up to about 200mm.

I haven't used the 75-300.



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6418 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5217 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 5):

With my question What type of lens (normal lens or 75mm-300mm type lens) do other a.netters use for shooting aircraft (ie landing, taking off and taxing)?, what I meant to say was what lens setting (like 200mm) is better for taking clearer photos because the higher you go on zooming the more distorted the photo can be as everyone has their own preferences

Test it out is what I say. You'll be able to judge sooner or later what your lens is capable of. But at WLG, if you go to the southern end of the runway, you shouldn't be too far away from the planes to need to zoom in too much at all. The main worry people have about zooming in is the sharpness. Some lenses are pretty bad. Distortion shouldn't be as big of an issue as you're not likely to notice it too much.



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User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4964 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

I have the same camera with the same kit, and of course depending on the light, but on a sunny day, I usually shoot at F9 ISO 100 which has given me good results. Also, try not to shoot above 250mm since the pics come put pretty soft. It's better to crop and keep the quality.
However, as I said, it depends on the light, and as mentioned, read the manual and practice, practice and practice. And when you are done with that, practice some more  
The gear is very good and it's more than enough to get pictures accepted here (assuming that's your goal!)



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