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User currently offlineVaman From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

What is the typical zoom setting for all of you contrail masters. I don't think i can reach it with my 80-200 even if it does multiply by 1.5 on a D100.


what do y'all think?

Logan

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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5057 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Well, I haven't had any luck with those shots so just as an observer, i would think 200mm would be enough to see a contrail. i can see them with my bare eyes. But if you have any hopes of seeing any detail on the plane, like a winglet, or logo, you'd better have a 500mm lens or more. I shot one contrail once, at the full 300mm, and all i could see was that it was a fairly long fuselage twin-engine with a "light colored" bottom...like a 757.


bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

Prolly another countless AA 757 out of ORD Big grin

User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3108 times:

The contrail shots I have taken are at 380mm. Look for yourself what detail you get  Smile.


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Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3117 times:
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Hi all

I used a Sigma 170-500 along with the D30 on these shots:

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The KLM 767 was shot at the full 500mm which with the 1.6x multiplier gave me 800mm
The LH A340 isn't the sharpest as I wasn't using centre spot focus.

This shot was taken with a Sigma 70-210, which coupled with the D30 produced a 336mm shot

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The above shot was quite interesting because after a few mails from an American, we worked out that his brother was on that flight  Smile

Regards

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

Gary you don't have a radio scanner do you?

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

You guys must be cropping a hell of alot.

I have up to 1240mm using first step of digital zoom (which is not too grainy) and my photos still just like a speck on the sky  Smile


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3063 times:
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Alex

Yep, have a radio scanner  Smile

Cheers

Gary Watt


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9635 posts, RR: 68
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3070 times:
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on the note of scanners, if anyone wants a good one look at the Maycom AR-108. I bought this big a$$ Radio Shack monster for $200 (since sold on eBay, breaking even) and then I saw the Maycom. What a little beauty!

User currently offlineVaman From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

This should be standard!



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