eskillawl
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Spotting Camera.

Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:43 pm

Hello!

I have recently begun to interest me for aircraft spotting. I have an older SLR that has seen better days, I therefore need a new one.

My question is then whether I need an SLR, or if it will do equally well with a compact camera. The reason why I'm leaning towards a compact camera is because I can not afford right now, or want to waste so much money on a camera.

I've looked around online (I live in Sweden) and I wonder if I can take good pictures of airplanes, for example with:
Fujifilm FinePix S3200
Nicon Coolpix L120
or similar compact cameras with long zoom.

Thanks for the reply! Greetings Eskil (www.b-flying.com)
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megatop412
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RE: Spotting Camera.

Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:02 pm

For static shots you should be fine with the point-and-shoots. You'll have a harder time getting shots accepted here but they'll still be nice shots. It's the airborne/taxying metal(or anything at a great distance) that they really won't do as well with than if you're using an SLR.
 
eskillawl
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RE: Spotting Camera.

Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:12 pm

Okay,) excuse me for asking this, but I do not really understand) - that the images will not be as good when the aircraft is in the air, but as good as they are on the ground or when aircraft are taxiing out?
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vikkyvik
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RE: Spotting Camera.

Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:35 pm

At the end of the day, what kind of camera you choose is solely determined by what you want to use it for.

If you just want some cool-looking airplane photos from good-weather days, and aren't particularly worried about detailed photo quality, then a point-and-shoot may be fine. If you're instead looking for medium-to-high quality photos, and the ability to shoot in different weather and light, then you may want a DSLR.

If you want to upload here, it'll be a lot easier with a DSLR - even a cheap one. But like I said, it's completely up to you and what you want to do with your camera.

Quoting eskillawl (Reply 2):
Okay,) excuse me for asking this, but I do not really understand) - that the images will not be as good when the aircraft is in the air, but as good as they are on the ground or when aircraft are taxiing out?

It's harder to pan well and take a good shot of a fast-moving aircraft with a point-and-shoot camera.
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eskillawl
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RE: Spotting Camera.

Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:21 pm

Okay, thank you very much!

Are there any of you recommend the Nikon D80? I know it has a number of years old, but it is an inexpensive DSLR.

Does anyone have the Nikon D80 and takes flight card with the one who can tell?

Thank you again!
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RE: Spotting Camera.

Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:08 pm

Quoting eskillawl (Reply 4):
Are there any of you recommend the Nikon D80? I know it has a number of years old, but it is an inexpensive DSLR.

I don't see any harm in getting started with a Nikon D80. Of course you'll also need a lens.
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GIANCAVIA
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RE: Spotting Camera.

Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:27 pm

I use a Fuji HS10 Point and shoot.. its apparently a "compact" that does everything a "dslr" does yadda yadda. Its nifty because it has a 30x Zoom which u can operate manually which comes in useful for shooting aircraft from far away on the other hand its sucks alot of the time focusing on fast moving planes and in low light is horrible.

Oh and its not really expensive at all..

Infact I really want to get a DSLR with a badass lense to shoot planes inflight at 40 thousand feet but I have no idea where to start looking. hint hint?
 
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RE: Spotting Camera.

Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:46 pm

Quoting Giancavia (Reply 6):
Infact I really want to get a DSLR with a badass lense to shoot planes inflight at 40 thousand feet but I have no idea where to start looking. hint hint

You don't need a camera and lens, you need a camera and telescope!

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eskillawl
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RE: Spotting Camera.

Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:38 pm

Someone who has experience with the Canon 350D? I searched for images to be taken with the camera on a.net and found a whole bunch. Most of the images were of relatively high quality, can of course depend on the lens, but still.

In Swedish Ebay I found a Canon 350D in my city for the 1800 Swedish kronor. Fairly cheap - right? Should I turn to?
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RE: Spotting Camera.

Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:01 pm

Quoting eskillawl (Reply 8):
Someone who has experience with the Canon 350D?

I've had a 350D since 2005 and use it alongside my 50D and think it's a great camera. I'll be using it on an air-to-air shoot in a few weeks, it still delivers the goods. The camera body is less important than the lens. Overall though, it's the person using the equipment that makes the biggest difference. Most camera bodies these days are capable of great things with the right glass.

Darren
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