Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
In my experience, handling long teles takes a bit of practice. Certainly my first outings with 500 or 600 lens produced disappointing results (camera shake, poor focus). Unless you've used this class of lens before I'd play it safe and look for something a bit more managable - I think a good 400mm might get better results.
DSMav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
Handholding any lens beyond 300-400mm+ will almost always require using a monopod/tripod, unless you are using an IS/VR lens or a high-speed film (800 ISO or higher). The combination of the lens size and extreme focal length causes quite an excess of camera shake...Even if you have the steadiest hands in the world, 500mm will make it seem like you have the shakiest.
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CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2212 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1942 times:
I use a Quantaray 70-300mm lens. They don't have Sigma at Ritzcamera so I had that one. It's nice and it's easy to use. I don't use one hand, all the time I use two hands to hold it just to have a steady picture and I have good hands too so that makes it a little easier. What camera do you use mirrodie? If you have a lens that's past 300mm buy a tripod and that will help you but if you have good steady hands that might get you a good picture of a plane taking off or in the sky or any other picture where you don't need the tripod for.
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Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1887 times:
BIG difference in size and weight ... but don't let it fool you - mirrors are just as prone to camera shake!
You've got no aperture control on a mirror - typically it'll be fixed to f5.6 or f8 - so exposure control is only via shutter speed. Depth of field is very restricted. Quality is not as good as a quality tele, but quite acceptable (except perhaps at the edges).
C-GRYK From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 751 posts, RR: 39 Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1853 times:
I use the Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 ED and I find the results are great. I think it has to do with photographic skill rather than lens quality if you are constantly getting out of focus shots. Keep working hard on your photography and you will get good results. You can't just pick up a camera and expect wonderful shots from it after only a few rolls of film. I find that my lens is very suitable for aviation photography and the lens certainly rewarded me with almost 800 perfect frames on my recent spotting trip to Brazil.
JayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 17 Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1803 times:
If I were you, I'd hold out for the Canon 70-200 f 2.8 lense. They now have on that has IS (image stabilization) which would be great for airline shots. I have Canon gear, 1 EOS 1VHS, 2 630's and only use Canon lenses. Others on this board will tell you that after-market lenses such as Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, and Quantaray are good, but in my personal opinion, don't listen to them. Only buy Canon lenses!! They are made exclusively for Canon cameras. Others may flame me on my opinion, but oh well, I've got thick skin. I had a Tamron 200-400mm and hated it! Sold it within a week. Your camera body (The Rebel) is only a light box, spend your money on lenses !!
Yes, I have a top of the line and very expensive EOS 1VHS, but it still is only a light box.......my Canon 630's take just as quality photos as the 1VHS, but the 1VHS has more frames per second, more focusing points, etc....