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Good Dslr & Lense For Inflight Aircraft  
User currently offlineGiancavia From Jamaica, joined Feb 2010, 1614 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4693 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, 2962 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4690 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, 1614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4670 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, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4559 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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Photo © Andrzej Kostrzewa (ExtremeSpotting)

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.
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