Thanks for the kind comments. It was very impressive.
Some stats from another message board that someone emailed to me:
As per the pilot –
- Zero/Zero visibility on the front windshield as the aircraft reversed itself down the runway. (Shot in the Queue now )
- On the initial takeoff, the C17 hit 42 degrees nose high.
- The second departure (the photo that Royal posted) 1500 ft takeoff roll, 88 knot rotation speed and along with hard left rudder, full deflection of the left spoiler to help roll the aircraft at slow speed... This is a rare shot.
The “This is a rare shot” was for anyone
who caught it. I elected to hold back the zoom to catch the full effect of the departure.
After both departures, we had about 20 seconds to get our gear protected. It was nasty. Last Saturday I was just getting over Pharyngitis, believe me, I had a relapse for a couple of days.
It was worth it!
For anyone that owns100-400mm and complains of it being soft on the long end, I suggest that you send it into Canon.
On mine, the push/pull lock ring was getting reeeaaaally tight. I sent it to Mack for repair and also asked them to check the sharpness at 300-400mm. They couldn’t repair any of it so they sent it onto Canon for the repair. It came back razor sharp. I can tell you this shot was well over 300mm.
Its every bit as sharp as any Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 I have used. (And that is a helluva lens.
[Edited 2007-04-10 01:26:52]