KLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
While I love having the advantages of longer range shots with 380mm, I find myself struggling alot not to cut off parts of aircraft, and try to get a clean full frame shot. My hunger to keep the zoom pegged at 380mm got the better of me the other day. I messed up a number of pics that were almost full frame but not quite, because I would wait for the aircraft to hit a nice angle, but couldn't quite follow through while trying to get him in the frame.
This shot here I think would have been great if I hadn't cut of the danged tail!!! Sometimes it leaves me wondering whether or not the 380mm is really a good thing...
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2384 times:
I'm shying away from having to use longer focal lengths.
The reason being, my camera just isn't good enough. I have a chronic lens distortion problem (that isn't my finger ), where the right side is always distorted badly to the point of wrecking the picture, only half of the aircraft ever seems to be in focus (blurry around edges when using olympus B-300+380mm), etc.
All gets annoying, but as soon as I can afford a D30/60/90 + lenses i'm sure things will improve..
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2246 times:
Nope, not showing.
Also, with your camera, it is very difficult to zoom, focus, and shoot rapidly. Trust me, I know. You are then forced to compose the shot in your head before the aircraft gets to your "zone". Practice, practice, practice.