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User currently offlineFLPhoto From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 115 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3698 times:

Hi Guys and Girls,

What would the best 70-200mm lens be for aviation photography? The Tamron 70-200 f2.8, the Sigma 70-200 f2.8, or the Nikon 70-200 f4? I was also looking at the Nikon 70-300mm, what's that like?

Thanks,
FLPhoto

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User currently offlineFLPhoto From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

Nobody has any opinions?

User currently offlinesouthwest9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3534 times:

Yes, I have the Tamron 70-200 2.8, and it gets the job done. I have a 7D, which has a crop sensor, so it's like actually 98-280mm and that really comes in handy for getting close shots when they are all the way down the runway on the opposite side. The focus can be spotty in dark light, and occasionally I will get one or two that are totally out of focus from a 10 shot burst. You can't beat that price for the quality. I like it and I don't have the money for a $2,500 lens.

User currently offlineafterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

Quoting southwest9 (Reply 2):
I have a 7D, which has a crop sensor, so it's like actually 98-280mm

Canon crop sensor DSLR's are actually have crop factor of 1.6. So a 70-200mm lens on Canon 7D produces similar images to a full frame (35mm format) camera with 112-320mm lens.


User currently offlineeadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3497 times:

70-200mm is good for a lot of things! I personally don't like Tamron stuff, but that's me. Sigma is ok, but if you have Nikon, the the Nikon glass.

User currently offlineFLPhoto From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

Hey,
Southwest9, you said you have the 7D. I was thinking of making the switch from Nikon to Canon, and getting the 60D or 7D. What do you think?

FLPhoto


User currently offlineeadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3406 times:

For what its worth, I wouldn't go with the 7D and wait and see if the rumours/specs of the 7D mk II are real. The 7D is not the best - its a bit too grainy....

I have one, and its good, but the image quality could be better....


User currently offlineFLPhoto From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3352 times:

Thanks for the info. I will check up on this. I might just get the 60D and 70-200 f/4. What do you recommend for a wide angle or standard zoom?

User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2932 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Quoting FLPhoto (Reply 7):
What do you recommend for a wide angle or standard zoom?

It depends on budget and focal lengths, but the 24-105 F/4 L is pretty good although not all that wide on a crop body. For wide angle, the Sigma 10-20 is excellent as is Canon's 10-22. If that's a bit too wide, Canon's 17-40 L is excellent.

Darren



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 offlinesouthwest9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

Although this matter is certainly debatable, I personally would go with the 7D instead of the 60D. The buttons on the 60D don't really feel like they have been pressed when you try to. It's almost like you might find yourself pressing a button twice more often than not. And, a big deal breaker for me was the fact that the 60D only shoots 5.3 frames per second, continuous, where as the 7D shoots 8 frames per second, continuous. Also regarding the "7D being too grainy" it depends the situation you are shooting in. Of course no camera is not going to be perfect with noise, especially at night, but personally, during the day time, I enjoy using it. Post-processing can usually smooth over some of that grain that might appear in darker photos. Try to read / watch some reviews because there are plenty out there. Enjoy which ever one you choose.

User currently offlineFLPhoto From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

Yea, I could just stay with Nikon. I heard that the only good Canon glass is the L series. I am only 13, so the budget is under $1400.

User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10332 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

Quoting FLPhoto (Reply 10):
I heard that the only good Canon glass is the L series

The L-glass is generally the best, but certainly not the only good glass.

Learn how to use your current equipment to the best of your (and its) ability, and save the $1400 for college.



How can I be an admiral without my cap??!
User currently offlineckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 767 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

Quoting FLPhoto (Reply 10):
Yea, I could just stay with Nikon. I heard that the only good Canon glass is the L series. I am only 13, so the budget is under $1400.

A common belief. But not necessarily true. Note that the "L" simply denotes "luxury" and can refer not just to the glass but also the build, finish and whether or not accessories (eg. lens hoods) are included. It is true that Canon's best lenses (esp. their big telephotos) all tend to be L, but at the shorter end there is some very good non-L glass. I use the 50 1.8 and the 1.8 85mm along side my L glass and have no complaints.

Of course you have to compare like with like - ALL lenses are a compromise in designing out various optical issues. You pay your money and take your choice. All else being equal, a 70-200 should out perform a 70-300 simply because it's an easier lens to build. But some may be willing to sacrifice ultimate quality for greater range.

And remember, the majority of photographers - esp. pros - are not shooting for super critical sites such as A.net. For a photo-journalist, for example, getting the shot is more important than perfect quality. Some people are surprised when they find that their super fast (and very expensive) f1.4 and f1.2 lenses aren't pin sharp edge to edge - that's because in most low light shooting (think concerts or theatre) edge sharpness is not so vital, so this is compromised in favour of speed.

3rd party options can be good - Sigma, Tamron, Tokina have all produced great lenses - I have a Tokina 100mm macro as sharp as any of my Canons - BUT, you have to keep in mind that Canon does not provide mount or AF details to 3rd party manufacturers. In effect these lenses are reverse engineered - the most common result is that 3rd party lenses never seem to focus quite as quickly or as well in extreme situations as their Canon equivalents.

Finally, if you are on a budget, look at 2nd hand lenses - if it hasn't been damaged, there is no reason a used lens won't work as well as a new one. Buy from a reputable dealer and you'll get a 6 month warranty should you later find that the lens is defective in some way.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineFLPhoto From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

Ckw,
Thanks for the help. I am a proud Nikon user, and could switch to Canon if I am persuaded enough. Currently, the plan for the next year is to stay with Nikon and Get the D300s. I will then upgrade lenses sometime later.

FLPhoto


User currently offlineckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 767 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

Quoting FLPhoto (Reply 13):
Currently, the plan for the next year is to stay with Nikon and Get the D300s

Very sensible - I don't think switching brands is a generally a good idea, unless there is some feature you absolutely must have that's not available in your brand. I firmly believe there is a lot to be gained by becoming very familiar with a particular range - learn the strengths and weaknesses and you're more likely to get the best out your equipment.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineFLPhoto From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3193 times:

Hey thanks. I will stick to my camera now and then upgrade to the D7100 or D300s later.

FLPhoto


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