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Opteka Telephoto Lens Question

Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:32 am

Are the Opteka Telephoto lenses worth looking at? I'm wanting a lens where I can get decent pictures of planes flying at 30,000 feet or so. I'm not looking at getting the pictures on Airliners.net per se,but want a picture that I can tell what the aircraft is.

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RE: Opteka Telephoto Lens Question

Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:30 am

They don't get particularly good reviews and you get what you pay for, so don't expect much.

If you want to photograph planes at 30kft then a 400mm is probably the minimum focal length to get the aircraft a reasonable size to identify it, and then you're looking at A330/A340/B767/B777 sized planes.

To give you an idea of possibilities, these are with a Tokina 400mm lens


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This with a Tamron 500mm mirror lens (manual focus)


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This with 70-300mm lens with 2x converter (had to use manual focus since AF can be affected by converters) Lateish in the afternoon so the shutter speed was a bit low as well.


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RE: Opteka Telephoto Lens Question

Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:52 am

Identifying what? The reg? Airline?
Sometimes I can see the reg with my 200mm+1.4 converter. To identify an airline all you need is 200mm and zoom in on the image afterwards. Stabilizer helps a lot though  

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RE: Opteka Telephoto Lens Question

Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:51 pm

Looks like I need to just get a converter for my 70-300mm lense. I only want to be able to tell whether the plane is a 757,A320,etc. Is there a converter that is better than others? I have a Canon Rebel XS camera,and Canon lenses.

Doug

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RE: Opteka Telephoto Lens Question

Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:23 am

For that lens the only option is a 3rd party extender like Kenko or Soligor, where Kenko is the prefered one. Also choose MC7 before MC4 as that one has more optic elements.
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