briboy From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 377 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9598 times:
I am doing a couple hours of hell-spotting at LAX next week, and have a question. What lens should I take up? I am weight restricted so only want to carry one. We will be 1000-1500ft AGL. My options are my 70-200 or my 300 prime, both on a D700.
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unattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9569 times:
Quoting briboy (Thread starter): I am doing a couple hours of hell-spotting at LAX next week, and have a question. What lens should I take up? I am weight restricted so only want to carry one. We will be 1000-1500ft AGL. My options are my 70-200 or my 300 prime, both on a D700.
I would run a couple of miles, lose 3 pounds and take both.
If you go, definitely use Star Helicopters and ask for Vince as your pilot. Vince has the timing down so that when you see an aircraft on long final, he times it to have you at the touchdown zone on time - not an easy feat with tail winds pushing you and limited flight zone adjacent the runways.
alevik From Canada, joined Mar 2009, 1113 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8470 times:
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Besides price, the R44 is a more stable platform if there is any wind blowing. With only one person (besides the pilot) the R44 will climb faster than the R22. The LAX heli spotting areas are 500 feet altitude on the north and south sides, to transition you have to climb to 1500 feet to cross the runways, the extra climb rate helps minimize wasted time.
Otherwise, the room in the front set beside the pilot is similar so there is no advantage there.