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Good Dslr & Lense For Inflight Aircraft  
User currently offlineGiancavia From Jamaica, joined Feb 2010, 1534 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3913 times:

Just wondering what sort of equiptment (Lenses) I would need to get those sweet close up contrail shots so many people seem to be coming up with. Planes cruising around 30/40 Thousand Feet for example.. Hope I am not being to vague.

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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2949 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3910 times:

I've just replied to your other other post! You need a telescope rather than a lens for that or at least a 300mm+ high specification lens. Something like the Canon 100-400 L, Sigma 50-500 or a prime.

EDIT: I forgot to add, very clear sky as well.


[Edited 2012-01-05 07:49:23]

Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
User currently offlineGiancavia From Jamaica, joined Feb 2010, 1534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3890 times:

Thanks for the tips, I shall look into them.. and lol im in UK that last thing isnt likely all that often is it  

User currently offlinejeffreyklm From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

With 500mm you'll not be able to make it, I can show you a 500mm shot of a Antonov An-124 on flightlevel with heavy crop:

While these: (The most famous contrail shots I guess) is taken with 240mm.

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My advise to you is, get a large canon L lens (500- or 400mm) and buy a 2.0x extender with it to make it around 1000mm focal length. That will get you there.

Good luck!
Jeffrey Schäfer.

✈ a mile of road or railway leads to nowhere, a mile of runway leads to everywhere. ✈ Aeronautical Engineering Student ✈
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