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User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6341 times:

Hello! I am planning on going to the 2013 EAA Air Venture! I really want to know how it is for spotters? Just like a review of the show, also I have a really important question! Do any airliners or "heavy" airplanes arrive? Which lens will I need? And what should I take, like a list!

Thanks!

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User currently offlineplaneshooter From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6336 times:

It i definitely something to see -especially if it is your first time. You will see everything from ultralights to airliners( I was in awe watching the A380 demo).The actual show starts around 2 and goes until about 6. Before that things are going out and coming in with regularity. However the main runway is 18-36 and the crowd line is on the west side looking east. Lens -wise I carry enough lenses to cover 28mm to 400mm. 500mm would be needed for the smaller aircraft in flight. Also you will want to bring a portable chair and some walking shoes along with other items you need for being outside for extended periods.

User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6334 times:

Thanks, I am really looking forward to it, because of the variety of airplanes.
I currently have the 75-300mm do you think that they will work for the airshow, are the planes actually very far from you, when on flight?


User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6328 times:

It will definetly works. My first visit at OSH was with the same lens.
A lot of aircrafts flying over you (when you sitting on the grass near main rwy) but mostly over runway doing aerobatics.
Every year some airliner arrive. This year there was SWA 737 and flying hospital DC-10 along with military heavies with C-5 on the front. If you are planning to be there whole week you can get everything that will be there. If you think to go only for one day you have to choose which day to go to get best birds that will attend Airventure. I chose last saturday of convention and it was really good day.
Regards , Gabriel



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User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6324 times:

Quoting gabik001 (Reply 3):

Thanks, Do you have any pictures you can show me just to picture it please?


User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6322 times:

Well , look on my pictures in airliners.net database. There are a lot of it . I did not upload yet pictures taken this year.


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User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6322 times:

Thanks, I will take a look!

User currently offlinedlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 544 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 6316 times:
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Quoting planeshooter (Reply 1):
Also you will want to bring a portable chair and some walking shoes along with other items you need for being outside for extended periods.

And, a hat for the sun and a lot of water for the heat. Also, keep an eye on the sky, particularly to the west, as thunderstorms can hit the field without a lot of warning.

One trick I use is to shoot the static aircraft during the daily airshow, as you will have a lot fewer people milling about the aircraft.

Also, be aware that there are really three airports that are part of the overall AirVenture. There is Wittman Field, the center of action, but there is also the Pioneer Airport just to the west of the main area and the Vette/Blust Seaplane Base, which is a short drive to the east on Lake Winnebago.


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User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6285 times:

Thats cool, but I think I will be going only to OSH!
Thanks!


User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

Any other experiences? I need as much information as possible!

User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 6231 times:
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Quoting aviacion7 (Reply 9):
Any other experiences? I need as much information as possible

AirVenture is a great event to go see. There are a lot of static aircraft displays that show up for both exhibitors and just static displays(airline, Military/Government, warbird, etc). Some days you will have a few aircraft staying for the duration at Phillips 66 Plaza while others come in just for the day. I have not been there recently but the previous times I have been it is amazing that makes me want to go back again and again. Other than that, there are lots of aircraft that come in so the photographic opportunities are endless.

Bring your camera, charger and other equipment, and something to protect you from the sun and rain, and a chair, just have fun. It takes more than a day to go through the grounds and different aircraft show up at different days. Just check their website for updates on what is going to arrive.



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User currently offlinejspitfire From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 308 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6126 times:

Went last year and took about 4400 photos. Here's 86 of them:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jspitfire/sets/72157630947926272/

All the airborne stuff was taken with a 100-400 lens. I was there for 5 days and there was always something new every day, definitely didn't get bored!

[Edited 2012-11-25 21:31:54]

User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6047 times:

Thanks! I hope to have a good time!

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