vaman
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Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Tue Oct 29, 2002 9:47 am

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?

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RE: Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Tue Oct 29, 2002 11:25 am

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.


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RE: Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Tue Oct 29, 2002 12:00 pm

Prolly another countless AA 757 out of ORD Big grin
 
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RE: Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Tue Oct 29, 2002 5:16 pm

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


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RE: Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Tue Oct 29, 2002 5:46 pm

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

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RE: Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Wed Oct 30, 2002 1:38 am

Gary you don't have a radio scanner do you?
 
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RE: Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Wed Oct 30, 2002 1:51 am

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
 
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RE: Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Wed Oct 30, 2002 1:56 am

Alex

Yep, have a radio scanner  Smile

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RE: Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Wed Oct 30, 2002 2:11 am

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!
 
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RE: Zoom For Contrail Shots.

Thu Oct 31, 2002 12:14 pm

This should be standard!



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