|Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 10):|
Maybe I am naive (not maybe, I am, having not done air to air before), but why would I not use IS?
|Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 11):|
Although the 24-105mm has a 3rd Generation IS system, its only got one mode... *edit: Still doesnt make sense as you would want the traditional IS engaged, and thats what the 24-105mm offers. ???????
I had high hopes myself although in the back of my mind I had doubts it would work for my applications.
The doubts won probably because the "IS
" is invented to compensated for Human(low frequency) vibration where inside a Cessna 172, Piper Cub or any other similar little 1 engine A/C you will find a much higher frequency vibration.
It's my experience that the "IS
" doesn't do much with that infect it goes crazy when you try to use your camera pointed downwards leaving you with nothing else then a very blurry image.
Don't get me wrong "IS
" is a nice thingy and I am happy with my 80-400 but for short lenses or to compensate aircraft vibration it is not very useful.
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|Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 5):|
I am worried about shooting long from a bumpy little Cub. Looks like the 100-400 will be my primary...and I would imagine it would be kinda tight having a 2nd body and/or changing lenses.
Photo © Willem Honders
This was taken from an exact similar Piper Cup which is a nice machine to work from because you can open the side completely giving room for some nice angels apart from 90 degree that is due to the wing support.
Although this can be used to your advantage as well.
You can even lean far outside the aircraft to shoot backwards.
but it is tight and you catch a lot of wind.
I did not study aerodynamics but I think at 100kts indicated ias the wind force just outside in the prop's draft is probably close to double that figure.
Even inside sitting in the back with the side open you will be fighting the wind and to keep something as a 100-400 or even a 70-200 steady in those conditions is going to prove difficult.
Tip: don't wear floppy stuff(it is going to hurt you) and no cap on your head(you will loose it anyway).
Tip 2: if you want to use your lens hood tape it with sticky or even better high speed tape for the same reason.(you don't wanna loose parts up in the air).
Tip 3: at ground level it might be hot but up at 5000 or 6000ft in the given windy conditions you will be freezing cold in less then 10 minutes.
One drawback of the Piper is that it doesn't have much storage space you can reach during flight so I took only one body(no problem..... I have only 1
) and 1 lens..... the 24-105 in this case.
Tip 4: Talk to both crews what you are going to do, make something of a plan which includes at least: Where(for a nice back drop), angles you like(means maneuvers for the crew), communication frequency(there are special channels for a2a communication), altitude and probably most important who is in the lead.
It is common to have one A/C flying level(at the earlier agreed altitude) and dead straight(usually the slowest) so the other can do the maneuvers.
Personally I prefer the photoship is free to move so you are able to do anything that pops up but when a Viggen is the subject and a Piper the photoship there is little chance to do so, even the Glider out performs the Piper Cup without any difficulty in which case you have to turn the table.
Incase a Cessna 172 or something similar is your photoship you can take your whole camera bag with you(I do) and put it on the back seat(tie it down with the seat belt though...... you don't wanna have it end up in your neck).
There are at least 100 other things to think about(I can talk 3 weeks about this
) but you will learn them quickly and I think to have covered most important issue's.
Have fun and enjoy the ride,
Willem(who is off to Germany for hopefully the next mission)