eskillawl From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3193 times:
I have recently begun to interest me for aircraft spotting. I have an older SLR that has seen better days, I therefore need a new one.
My question is then whether I need an SLR, or if it will do equally well with a compact camera. The reason why I'm leaning towards a compact camera is because I can not afford right now, or want to waste so much money on a camera.
I've looked around online (I live in Sweden) and I wonder if I can take good pictures of airplanes, for example with:
Fujifilm FinePix S3200
Nicon Coolpix L120
or similar compact cameras with long zoom.
Thanks for the reply! Greetings Eskil (www.b-flying.com)
megatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3187 times:
For static shots you should be fine with the point-and-shoots. You'll have a harder time getting shots accepted here but they'll still be nice shots. It's the airborne/taxying metal(or anything at a great distance) that they really won't do as well with than if you're using an SLR.
eskillawl From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3177 times:
Okay,) excuse me for asking this, but I do not really understand) - that the images will not be as good when the aircraft is in the air, but as good as they are on the ground or when aircraft are taxiing out?
vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9010 posts, RR: 28 Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3166 times:
At the end of the day, what kind of camera you choose is solely determined by what you want to use it for.
If you just want some cool-looking airplane photos from good-weather days, and aren't particularly worried about detailed photo quality, then a point-and-shoot may be fine. If you're instead looking for medium-to-high quality photos, and the ability to shoot in different weather and light, then you may want a DSLR.
If you want to upload here, it'll be a lot easier with a DSLR - even a cheap one. But like I said, it's completely up to you and what you want to do with your camera.
Quoting eskillawl (Reply 2): Okay,) excuse me for asking this, but I do not really understand) - that the images will not be as good when the aircraft is in the air, but as good as they are on the ground or when aircraft are taxiing out?
It's harder to pan well and take a good shot of a fast-moving aircraft with a point-and-shoot camera.
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Giancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1289 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3069 times:
I use a Fuji HS10 Point and shoot.. its apparently a "compact" that does everything a "dslr" does yadda yadda. Its nifty because it has a 30x Zoom which u can operate manually which comes in useful for shooting aircraft from far away on the other hand its sucks alot of the time focusing on fast moving planes and in low light is horrible.
Oh and its not really expensive at all..
Infact I really want to get a DSLR with a badass lense to shoot planes inflight at 40 thousand feet but I have no idea where to start looking. hint hint?
eskillawl From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2994 times:
Someone who has experience with the Canon 350D? I searched for images to be taken with the camera on a.net and found a whole bunch. Most of the images were of relatively high quality, can of course depend on the lens, but still.
In Swedish Ebay I found a Canon 350D in my city for the 1800 Swedish kronor. Fairly cheap - right? Should I turn to?
I've had a 350D since 2005 and use it alongside my 50D and think it's a great camera. I'll be using it on an air-to-air shoot in a few weeks, it still delivers the goods. The camera body is less important than the lens. Overall though, it's the person using the equipment that makes the biggest difference. Most camera bodies these days are capable of great things with the right glass.
Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX