|Quoting HarryImp (Thread starter):|
I had a 300 mm lens at RIAT this weekend and couldnt seem to get very close to the aircraft???
Is this normal or not and was just wondering if 300 is enough?
It depends on what you want photographs of, and where you are standing at the airshow.
If you are at the fenceline at an airshow, like RIAT, a 300mm used on a fighter type will produce filled and 3/4 filled frames on most cameras during the take-off and landing phase type flying. Obviously, as the aircraft is likely to fly away from the runway line towards the display line it will get further away and also will climb to the display heights.
The 300mm will then begin to struggle during the higher flying sections to achieve a 1/2 filled frame.
Now, if at RIAT you are not at the fenceline you maybe 15 rows of people behind the fenceline and can only clearly see the aircraft as it reaches the higher display height and be further away from you and your camera.
Consider the fact that Fairford has a long runway and if you are at the western end the eastern end of the runway is best part of 10,000 feet or 2 miles away. No sane lens will do much with a fighter at that sort of distance.
Again the bigger the aircaft the more the frame will be filled.
I would suggest a shooting plan, an idea of what shoots you want to achieve. Then get to RIAT as early as possible and glue yourself to the fence!