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Average Zoom Usage

Sun Dec 26, 1999 11:18 am

Hi everyone.

For Christmas, I got a brand new Nikon and among other camera stuff I got a 70-200mm zoom lens!! (thanks to "santa")

My question is:
What is usually the maximum you zoom in when shooting aircraft from nearby? Is 200mm sufficient or should I go longer?


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RE: Average Zoom Usage

Sun Dec 26, 1999 12:17 pm

I find that the focal length depends on what you want to achieve. I use a combination of anywhere between 16mm to 300 mm. Of course logically I wouldn't use the 16mm from a great distance away, nor would I use a 200mm if I was only 2 feet away. Occasionally, I use a 500mm but only because I can't get any closer to get the desired effect. When you go and attempt to use it, you will find out yourself if your 200mm gets you close enough to the action to get full frame. For air to air purposes, i usually use medium format but 35mm film is good for the novice as it is prone to less camera shake but not so good for enlargements compared to larger format negatives. And certainly, 200mm is the largest focal length I would consider using in an air to air situation due to instability of holding the camera steady. I have gone 200mm air 2 air before but you have to sacrifice FL for shutter speed making a poor result for prop aircraft but ok for jets.


Glenn Alderton

RE: Average Zoom Usage

Sun Dec 26, 1999 2:35 pm

I know this has nothing to do with your question,
but I also got a Brand new NIkon for christmas, It is an F70, and has a 28-300mm lens, I was wondering which type you got cos I wouldnt mind comparing prices.

I love your pictures and use them frequently for wallpaper, do you have ICQ cos my UIN is 2496376.
I live in Sydney.

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Thanks, Etc.

Mon Dec 27, 1999 9:07 am


Thanks VERY much! I am really thinking about saving up for a 500mm lens now...

It is a Nikon FM10--a manual camera (I do lots of B&W work). Previously, I was using a Pentax something something something... 


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