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Question About LAX-focal Length  
User currently offlineDeltaMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 1 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3505 times:

Sorry if this has been asked before.
Hey, I'm going to LAX next month to go spotting. I've never been there before. I want to spend a lot of time during the evening spotting at the park by In and Out Burger. However, I am unsure of what would be the best lens to use. I want to get shots of planes as they approach as well as planes overhead. I want my shots to be full-frame. I am thinking about the Nikkor 18-200mm. Does anyone recommend that lens? Also, should I use a polarizing filter?
Also, what is the best time for photography at Imperial Hill? I know that in the summer the morning is the best, but what times are the best?

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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10352 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3488 times:

Quoting DeltaMD80 (Thread starter):
However, I am unsure of what would be the best lens to use. I want to get shots of planes as they approach as well as planes overhead.

On a crop sensor, you'll probably want focal lengths from about 20mm to 200mm. The long end depends on how far out you want to shoot them.

Quoting DeltaMD80 (Thread starter):
Also, should I use a polarizing filter?

For what reason? Meaning, why do you think you should?

Quoting DeltaMD80 (Thread starter):
Also, what is the best time for photography at Imperial Hill?

Winter mornings and afternoons.

Quoting DeltaMD80 (Thread starter):
I know that in the summer the morning is the best

No way. Midsummer in general is pretty bad light conditions for Imperial Hill. It's backlit in the morning and evening, and the sun is very high in the sky during midday.

Winter is generally the best time for Imperial Hill.



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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1641 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3348 times:

Quoting DeltaMD80 (Thread starter):
I want to spend a lot of time during the evening spotting at the park by In and Out Burger.

If your main goal is good light for photography, this is generally the best place during the summer months. Imperial Hill won't be prime spotting territory again until autumn/winter. The grassy area in front of In-n-Out is great for just about all focal lengths. I've used everything from 10mm to 420mm on a crop camera, depending on what I wanted and where I was standing. Your 18-200 will be the perfect range.

If the sunlight is good during the evening, I also suggest a 15-minute walk down Westchester Pkwy (north of 24L and 24R) for this popular angle:

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