leugim87 From Portugal, joined Jun 2013, 3 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2913 times:
As many of you, I love airplanes... I would like to start make photo spotting as a hobbie. The problem is that I don't want to spend much money. My budget is really small, and I know that i won't have awesome pictures as many that we can see here on Airliners. But what do you think about this camera?
Based on your experience, seeing the specs, what can I expect about the camera?
I already made a search about the specifications and what each value mean, but I dont know if it is "good" enough for airplane spotting. For example, do you think I can take photos like this one with that cam? http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-G7GHAMoo0Z...g/DZzZEYT4-g8/s1600/Transaero3.jpg (I'm talking about the feel of movement, when planes are landing, the effect is really nice.)
Awaiting your responses. Sorry because the questions are probably stupid.
FLPhoto From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 109 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2902 times:
Welcome to spotting. Onto the camera now, the answers are no. I don't mean to make any hury feelings here, but the link that you attached was probably shot by a pro. Now, this being said, you can still take great pictures of planes. The movement that you liked, is caused by a trick called panning, which is when you set your shutter speed to a low setting (1/60th) and follow the plane. This is very difficult to do, and with a point and shoot it is even more difficult. What exactly is your budget? I would try to see if I could get a used older SLR camera if I were you. But, it isn't just the camera, it is what's behind it. Watch some videos, read some books, study up on how to take pictures. The secret to getting great pictures is to practice, experiment, and learn from your mistakes.
leugim87 From Portugal, joined Jun 2013, 3 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2901 times:
Thanks for your response! That's good to see when people want to help us.
I'm talking about less than 200 euros... I think that there are no (used) reflex cameras in this range of price.
Do you know if in the camera I showed you we can change the shutter speed?
And one last question, how can I know if the camera can get a certain area knowing that I am x meters away the plane? For example, with a camera of a phone, you can't reach all the plane if you are near him. But if you have a good camera, you can reach it all, being in the same distance. What's the spec responsable for that? If I know, it's more an aspect I'll be alert in my next searches...
FLPhoto From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 109 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2897 times:
Hey- I am also sorta new to this too (I am only 13), but I will add onto what I said earlier. The shutter speed most likely can be turned down, but I am not that formiliar to the Fijifilm. I wonder if you could get an old Nikon D40 for cheap... But, the zoom says how much your camera zooms in. Dont let this number fool you, because it can be very fuzzy past 10x.
trvyyz From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 10 Reply 9, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2724 times:
If you are going to buy a P&S, I would recommend a Canon over fuji. I have both of them not the same models in this thread, I like the fuji but for AF speeds my canon is faster, since for aviation it would suit more. The fuji I have is 550EXR and canons I use are SX100IS and S100.
Double check on reviews for AF speed and accuracy for the fuji if it has improved for this model.