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Can Too Much Zoom Be A Bad Thing?  
User currently offlineKLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2693 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...

-Clovis Big grin

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User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

It's not the zoom who cuts tails or noses, it's the person behind the camera  Big grin

Don't worry, keep practicing, that's the best advice.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9823 posts, RR: 64
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
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the problem with Big Zoom is things like heat, haze, and other airborne crap can hurt the image quality.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

Not to mention wind and cold which lead to the photographer shaking and shivering thus introducing camerashake  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
If you've ever tried using a 100-400 in 50 knot winds you'll know what I'm getting at  Big thumbs up

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2491 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 Big grin), 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..

User currently offlineKLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

It know it can be the photographer, alot of times it is my fault  Laugh out loud
But sometimes the urge to use the zoom to its fullest is messing me up!
Jtwenting summed up another one of my problems :P hehe.


Btw, I'm testing out a some new webspace of mine, so tell me if the pic shows or not...  Smile Its not showing for me right now  Angry

User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2353 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.


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