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Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:00 pm

Dear Spotters,
Please advise if 18-105mm kit lens wide-long good enough for spotting in St.Maarten.
Would be nice to see some photos taken at 18mm wide from the famous "Macho Beach" spot.
Thanks!
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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:06 pm

Will be fine Yerbol - I used a 24-105 out there and didn't miss a single shot!

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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:12 pm

If you want to be creative (for example very close underneath the aircraft), even a fisheye could be fun. But 18mm should be enough in most cases (unless the 747 comes in too low LOL).
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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:17 pm

I only used my 17-55mm all the time, so your 18-105 will be just fine. If you check my site (JLPhoto.dk under St.Maarten 2012) you can see the pictures. They're all taken with the 17-55 even the ones taken from a barstool at sunset bar  
 
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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:59 pm

Dear All,
Thanks for advise!
I hope to visit Macho soon and share my photos with you.
What is the best time for spotting there? Assume it is morning hours and evenings as it seems a very hot place and day time temperature can cause a heat haze. Am I right?
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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:25 pm

The best time is somewhere between noon and 18.00 because that's when the "heavies" come and go. There's traffic all day long, but mostly smaller planes in the morning and evening.
 
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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:42 pm

Yerbol,

Heat-haze is a problem for ground shots after about 08:00 and before around 16:00, unless the aircraft come right down to the fence (some do). Mornings are good from the Sunset Beach Bar side from 07:00 (when the airport opens) until about 11:00, but you can get away with a few hours after if you want the heavies and don't mind the light a little tail-end on. If you shoot the aircraft over the water there's no issue with haze.

After 16:00 you can shoot aircraft as they line up on runway 10, and after about 17:30 you can move to the Driftwood Boat Bar side of the beach for evening arrivals if you wish.

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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:21 pm

Dear Karl, Konstantin, Jorn,
Thanks for help. I look forward to see that place and do some spotting.
  
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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:20 am

Quoting Fly-K (Reply 2):
unless the 747 comes in too low LOL).

Don't they always comes in too low? For the love of me, I don't know how a 747 can land and takeoff from that single runway.
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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:02 am

Quoting kl692 (Reply 8):
Don't they always comes in too low

What's low, what's too low LOL Too low in this case meaning too close for having 18mm as the lower end of your lens.
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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:46 pm

From around the Sunset Bar (the wooden terrace on the right of the attached), I used 24-70mm for the big ones, 70-200mm for the smaller ones, 14 mm for the wide angle shots closer to the center line or on the beach.

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RE: Lens For Spotting In St.Maarten

Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:57 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 6):
). Mornings are good from the Sunset Beach Bar side from 07:00 (when the airport opens) until about 11:00, but you can get away with a few hours after if you want the heavies and don't mind the light a little tail-end on

It does depend what time of year you go. If you go during high season (northern hemisphere winter) then the light at the beach bar is good pretty much all day long. It's during the middle of the year that it becomes backlit during the middle of the day.
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