At the risk of rehashing a well worn subject, I am searching for people's opinions on the best kit for aviation photography. I am not seeking to have a dream wish list of the newest kit, nor do I want to start a brand argument . What I want to know is what is the definative kit to lug to an airport. I thought I had it down to two choices in another thread, and so many other options kept in. I wanted to call this post, what's in your bag.
I have a D700 and a D300s. Thus far I have only used the Dx camera for aviation work. I have an old Nikon AF
80-200 2.8 and a 80-400. I find the 80-400 to be chronically slow for fast moving aircraft. I also use a 16-85 for overhead shots. In a previous thread I looked at the 70-300vr and the 170-500 sigma as longer alternatives.
I've been scouring the Internet and reviews and blogs and am after people's opinions. I only have one, and that is that the 80-400 is too slow. Obviously I have nikon kit, but I would be very interested to hear from canon users. I stood next to a chap at LHR
with a 70-210 f2.8 and a 7d, and he seemed v happy. ( more importantly he had the skill to get stunning results).
Can i throw a few questions out there:
*What do you use, , or recceomend. What is in your bag.
*is 300 mm long enough for most European airports on a DX camera
* DX or Fx? And if FX
, what is the ideal telephoto zoom to accompany.
*is it worth having the 70-200vr (new) and an expensive converter.
As a part time photographer who has sold images and stories in magazines on a regular basis, I fully understand that 90% of it, is in the eye of the photographer- and that kit makes up 10% of the equation. Of that 10%, 80% is the glass. I din't have a fat wallet or a shopping list beyond a possible long zoom. I am really just interested in opinions.
Thanks for your input- I appreciate all replies.