angad84 From India, joined Nov 2012, 867 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2647 times:
I'm trying to get a trip to MAKS sorted out - I know I'm late to the party but I didn't want to make plans before I was absolutely sure that work/life wouldn't get in the way. As it stands, I may not even get the travel arrangements done in time, given how late I've left this.
Anyway, I have a couple of questions for anyone who's going this year or has been before.
1. Accommodation - any recommended places? Should one prioritise locations closer to UUBW or is transport to/from the field not a major issue?
2. How good (or not) is access for photography? What sort of lenses (focal lengths) are recommended? My longest is a 100-400L, but I shoot most frequently with a 70-200 4L IS, so I'm hoping these will be adequate.
3. Is there any access to the field a day or two prior to the show? I'm assuming there will be some amount of practice flying before it formally opens, so it would be nice to catch some of that. If not on-site, can any action be captured from outside the field?
scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12569 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2608 times:
I can offer some advice.
If you're going, go on a trade day - you'll get access to most planes in the static display (not any 'sensitive' ones!) and they'll be far fewer people around.
Photography for the static is reasonably good - it's normally arranged along the e-w 'runway'. As such, if you're there all day you can get shots on both sides of the planes as the sun moves round. Unfortunately, it's much harder for the flying display because of the orientation of the active runway and the sun position. I know most Russian photographers use a specially erected grandstand to the south-west of the runway which is a lot better. I have heard that it's possible to buy a ticket for this grandstand and that a shuttle-bus runs between it and the main show area, but I don't have any details. If you look at UUBW in Google Earth, you'll see what I mean.
I hope this helps a bit.
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