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Canon EOS 30D 17-55mm  
User currently offlineaeroalexGR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2013, 1 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5526 times:

Hello all, I am new to this forum and community, and this is my first post!

My father purchased a new EOS 30D a few years ago, he uses it on holiday, so for most of the year it's mine. To be honest, I am more of the video guy, I have a Panasonic HDC HS-300 and I shoot my videos for my YouTube Channel, aeroalexGR. But recently, I have thought, isn't it a shame to waste this camera? To be honest, I'm not sure how good it is, and I'm sure you guys have much better DSLRs!

What I wanted to ask you is your opinion - is it a good camera for aviation - e.g Heathrow (only 35mm needed at the location I know for a good photo) and Athens? I may seem like a complete noob, but I am!  

What is the best program to run it in? And sometimes I get dust specs. I have a 17-55 mm and a polarizer, but I'm not sure how to get under that thing as the dust seems to be somewhere unretrievable, so should I give it into a store for a sensor clean? I am located in London, so do you know any stores?

Lastly, should I do anything with this camera? What would be the cheapest, effective , decent lens I could buy to get some nice shots?

I have been very lucky, and I have been allowed access to behind the scenes at a major international airport in Southern Europe and had the opportunity to jumpseat once, but I only took video with my Panasonic, and photos with my laughable Sony DXC-TX5.

Thanks for reading this, and your opinions would be invaluable!

Kind Regards,

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User currently offlineepten From Macedonia, joined Sep 2007, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5483 times:

Yes, it is a good camera for aviation.

I usually shoot in AV mode. That means manually setting the aperture and camera working out the rest of the parameters.

If cheap is what you are looking for, consider Canon EF 75-300 non-IS. In good wather it is possible to get very good results.

User currently offlineItay747 From Israel, joined Aug 2012, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5442 times:

55-250 IS II is better and worth the money instead the 75-300.


User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1658 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5435 times:

Quoting aeroalexGR (Thread starter):
I have a 17-55 mm and a polarizer, but I'm not sure how to get under that thing as the dust seems to be somewhere unretrievable, so should I give it into a store for a sensor clean? I am located in London, so do you know any stores?

The 17-55 is known for sucking dust into the lens itself (mine has a decent amount of dust inside), but there's really no need to get this cleaned as it doesn't affect the image one bit. The only dust that really causes any visible impact is on the camera sensor itself. If you see dust spots in your images, it's on the camera sensor.

The 30D would require a compressed air cleaning or sensor swab to remove this dirt, since it has no ultrasonic sensor cleaning system. Personally, if I need my camera swabbed, I don't trust myself with the cleaning and take it to a local camera shop that can be liable in the event that anything sensitive gets damaged. Canon will also clean and adjust your 30D, but it's not worth the price to send it in just for a dirty sensor, if you ask me.

Other than that, you've got a good combo. I currently use the 17-55 and it is a fantastically sharp lens, and I've owned both the 20D and 40D and have been happy with both. As you eventually feel the need for a longer lens, I would suggest saving up and getting a 70-200 f/4 in lieu of a less expensive 70-300 or 75-300. You'll see and feel the difference for sure.

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