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by sulman
Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Airliners.net Site Upgrade Announcement & Discussion
Replies: 2541
Views: 260571

Re: Airliners.net Site Upgrade Announcement & Discussion

I'll reserve comment on the general direction of the design, until I've had a couple of weeks using it. However, there are two thing that jump out at me right away: ⋅ The photos need a title bar, either above or below; at present the layout is totally fragmented with the image, then a spac...

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by sulman
Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:36 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: RIP Jetstream Aviation
Replies: 13
Views: 5709

RE: RIP Jetstream Aviation

38 is young.

He sounded like he lived a very full life.

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by sulman
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:00 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Should I Use A Tripod?
Replies: 9
Views: 4566

RE: Should I Use A Tripod?

The thing about that is the lower back. You could probably support it no problem (look at that dude's arms...) but a short time holding that thing is going to be mucho back pain later. I always wondered about that Bigma. Perhaps some professional wildlife people like it - I bet you get some nice <ac...

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by sulman
Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Trying To Reduce Exposure, Tips?
Replies: 32
Views: 4465

RE: Trying To Reduce Exposure, Tips?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Silver1SWA" class="quote" target="_blank">Silver1SWA</a> (<a href="#14" class="quote">Reply 14</a>):<br/><i>This is my experience as well. Unles...

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by sulman
Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Trying To Reduce Exposure, Tips?
Replies: 32
Views: 4465

RE: Trying To Reduce Exposure, Tips?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Silver1SWA" class="quote" target="_blank">Silver1SWA</a> (<a href="#8" class="quote">Reply 8</a>):<br/><i>What I don't understand is why people ...

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by sulman
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Southampton's Justin Wood (JKW777)
Replies: 7
Views: 5042

RE: Southampton's Justin Wood (JKW777)

Southampton, Feb 2005.

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by sulman
Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Southampton's Justin Wood (JKW777)
Replies: 7
Views: 5042

Southampton's Justin Wood (JKW777)

Hello all, I met some good people on a.net while I was a regular contributor, none more than Justin, who gave me advice and great company on those sunny weekends in Southampton, along with the odd pint afterwards! With great sadness I heard the news that he had passed away last week, after a battle ...

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by sulman
Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:54 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: HDR Images
Replies: 64
Views: 4288

RE: HDR Images

HDR's just a tool to reproduce dynamic range to an approximation of what the human eye can resolve. I suspect many conflate it with tone mapping, which produces those ghostly grey images that were all the rage in 2008, and look like shit, for the most part. If it's done properly, in theory you shoul...

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by sulman
Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: A Better Understanding Of The 'centre' Rule
Replies: 33
Views: 3916

RE: A Better Understanding Of The 'centre' Rule

This is an area where submission standards conflict with general photography standards.

The only rule of thumb should be that if it looks right, it is right. I think the screeners largely work by that.

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by sulman
Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:56 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Three Dutch Spotters Arrested In UAE For Espionage
Replies: 47
Views: 14144

RE: Three Dutch Spotters Arrested In UAE For Espionage

I grew up in the UAE. It's a tricky place for <i>some</i> Westerners. It resembles any relaxing and fun cosmopolitan place; you can drink and party without much difficulty. However, it is not the West. You can very easily get into serious trouble if you get on the wrong side of the authorities, and ...

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by sulman
Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: End Of An Era.
Replies: 47
Views: 7953

RE: End Of An Era.

Gary helped me get some of my first acceptances back in 2004 when I was really struggling with the quality hump. Thanks for all the hard work!

James

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by sulman
Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Change In Motive Rejection Reasons
Replies: 34
Views: 7300

RE: Change In Motive Rejection Reasons

The waving pilots thing came in (if I recall correctly) because certain photographers at <acronym title="Amsterdam - Schiphol (AMS / EHAM), Netherlands">AMS</acronym> and one or two other places used to fill the queue with them, and caption them accordingly (for hits). I think people just got tired ...

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by sulman
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: In Camera Sharpness
Replies: 16
Views: 4666

RE: In Camera Sharpness

Funnily enough, a lot of newer workflow and 'digital asset management' (bleurgh) software is doing essentially the same thing these days; even ACR tries to sneak in a little sharpening; one has to remember to switch it off. Canon DPP is interesting for this as you can effectively experiment with tho...

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by sulman
Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:25 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon EOS 60D And 70-200mm F/4 L USM (Non IS)
Replies: 19
Views: 8194

RE: Canon EOS 60D And 70-200mm F/4 L USM (Non IS)

There's no substitute for shooting a lot and thinking where you can do better. Most of it is down to practice and experience. Keep your learning process simple, and concentrate - always - on fundamentals. Focus, exposure, and composition. That's all there is to it. Everything else is just a matter o...

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by sulman
Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Where Is The Plane In This Picture?
Replies: 87
Views: 9739

RE: Where Is The Plane In This Picture?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Psych" class="quote" target="_blank">Psych</a> (<a href="#45" class="quote">Reply 45</a>):<br/><i>and a wide body to boot</i></font></td></tr></...

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by sulman
Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Where Is The Plane In This Picture?
Replies: 87
Views: 9739

RE: Where Is The Plane In This Picture?

It's a great photo. It should be here. As long as a.net keeps this formula of using arbitrary, published metrics with subjective exceptions (and if there needs to be a system, it's as good as any other) there will be forum topics like this. On any other photography site that image would have been ce...

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by sulman
Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: The Same Aircraft/flight...
Replies: 9
Views: 5338

RE: The Same Aircraft/flight...

Yep, remember this back in '05: <br/><table align="center" border="0" width="500"><tr><td><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/0759810/L/" target="_blank">View Large</a> <a href="/open.file/0759810/M/" target="_blank">View Medium<br/><img src="/p...

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by sulman
Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Can Someone Explain Pro/con Of RAW Editing?
Replies: 53
Views: 7174

RE: Can Someone Explain Pro/con Of RAW Editing?

One thing I would add with raw files is that dependant on the platform you use (POSIX , <acronym title="Austrian Airlines">OS</acronym> X, or Windows) you need the right editor - it makes workflow so much easier. I've used CS3 for about three years with Adobe Bridge & Camera Raw, prior to that I...

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by sulman
Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Awesome DC10 Shot
Replies: 14
Views: 4814

RE: Awesome DC10 Shot

We used to call this 'plugging' back in the day...

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by sulman
Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Auto Focus Point Selection
Replies: 17
Views: 3897

RE: Auto Focus Point Selection

Trouble with centre point is that occasionally you want off-centre composition on a moving subject, and it's not always ideal for this. Chop and change between the two as you see fit.

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by sulman
Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Rait 2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4563

RE: Rait 2011

70-200 is fine, but you're going to be limited to Runway & Just after takeoff. Anything fighter-sized over the display line wil be too far away. To be honest, even 400mm doesn't buy you much more in the way of opportunities at RIAT, but does help with Helicopters (they tend to scoot around the d...

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by sulman
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have The Rules On 'centre' Changed Here?
Replies: 103
Views: 7392

RE: Have The Rules On 'centre' Changed Here?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/je89_w" class="quote" target="_blank">je89_w</a> (<a href="#80" class="quote">Reply 80</a>):<br/><i>Just look at the entire aircraft and photogr...

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by sulman
Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have The Rules On 'centre' Changed Here?
Replies: 103
Views: 7392

RE: Have The Rules On 'centre' Changed Here?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/acontador" class="quote" target="_blank">acontador</a> (<a href="#28" class="quote">Reply 28</a>):<br/><i>These threads usually come up every co...

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by sulman
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Plane Spotting In Pittsburgh.
Replies: 9
Views: 24228

RE: Plane Spotting In Pittsburgh.

I've seen A300/A310 class freighters there. There's also an air refuelling wing with KC135's at one end. KPIT occupies an enormous area of land.

Great place. Am back in July.

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by sulman
Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Help! - Having Major Color Problems
Replies: 8
Views: 4143

RE: Help! - Having Major Color Problems

I have seen this too on Windows 7. Fine in photoshop, web etc. Rubbish in the photo viewer. Never did bother pursuing a solution as I haven't used it much.

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by sulman
Fri May 27, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Battle At F-Stop Ridge (Funny)
Replies: 22
Views: 3716

RE: Battle At F-Stop Ridge (Funny)

I always remember standing next to a guy at Fairford in 2007 during the Frecce Tricolore display. He had a 20D and a 100-400, and I swear his finger never lifted of the shutter release the entire display. Clack-clack-clack-clack-clack-clack for 20 minutes. I recall thinking "What on earth is he shoo...

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by sulman
Wed May 18, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: 400 Mm For Nikon
Replies: 56
Views: 9975

RE: 400 Mm For Nikon

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/antoinepsaila" class="quote" target="_blank">antoinepsaila</a> (<a href="#46" class="quote">Reply 46</a>):<br/><i>Shooting at f4 handheld in an ...

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by sulman
Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Screening Team Changes
Replies: 15
Views: 5241

RE: Screening Team Changes

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/beechcraft" class="quote" target="_blank">beechcraft</a> (<a href="#12" class="quote">Reply 12</a>):<br/><i>Time to move on now, apparently.</i>...

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by sulman
Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Shooting Technique... What Am I Doing Wrong?
Replies: 37
Views: 4706

RE: Shooting Technique... What Am I Doing Wrong?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/JakTrax" class="quote" target="_blank">JakTrax</a> (<a href="#29" class="quote">Reply 29</a>):<br/><i>Couldn't agree more! </i></font></td></tr>...

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by sulman
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Shooting Technique... What Am I Doing Wrong?
Replies: 37
Views: 4706

RE: Shooting Technique... What Am I Doing Wrong?

I've got better results just turning <acronym title="Island Airlines (USA) and Eagle Air/Arnaflug (Iceland)">IS</acronym> off, even on mode 2. It's great for still subjects, but I personally prefer to go without shooting aircraft. The one exception being shutter speeds below 1/125, where it does see...

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by sulman
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Replacing My EF-S 18-55mm
Replies: 19
Views: 5374

RE: Replacing My EF-S 18-55mm

Consider non-Canon stuff too, there are some great lenses out there. I got a Sigma 20-40 EX second-hand and I love it. Rarely off the camera. Pin sharp, usable range, and a 2.8, so very usable indoors. <a href="http://www.pbase.com/sulman/image/126816195/original.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http:...

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by sulman
Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Be Prepared To Engage In Constructive Debate
Replies: 36
Views: 5537

RE: Be Prepared To Engage In Constructive Debate

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/timdegroot" class="quote" target="_blank">timdegroot</a> (<a href="#30" class="quote">Reply 30</a>):<br/><i> I do think more creative shots are ...

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by sulman
Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Be Prepared To Engage In Constructive Debate
Replies: 36
Views: 5537

RE: Be Prepared To Engage In Constructive Debate

'Unsuitable crop' might be a better way of putting it.

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by sulman
Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Top Five Dominance. A Few Questions.
Replies: 159
Views: 7379

RE: Top Five Dominance. A Few Questions.

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Silver1SWA" class="quote" target="_blank">Silver1SWA</a> (<a href="#128" class="quote">Reply 128</a>):<br/><i>Shame on you ! U guys get up at 3 ...

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by sulman
Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: ‘Illustration/explanation’ Versus ‘hit-seeking'
Replies: 46
Views: 5012

RE: ‘Illustration/explanation’ Versus ‘hit-seeking'

Oh, they do love their rules at a.net.

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by sulman
Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: 18-55's And Spotting
Replies: 19
Views: 4088

RE: 18-55's And Spotting

It's fine, quality-wise. You won't be shooting much in the air though, unless you can get very close, such as widebody aircraft on approach. Great for rampshots, nowt wrong with it in sunny weather. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trimbee/4535576655/" target="_blank"><img src="http://farm5.sta...

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by sulman
Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Amusing Price Comparison
Replies: 16
Views: 3679

RE: Amusing Price Comparison

I remember getting a 300D for about 950 quid late 2003; this was just before the prosumer DSLR revolution, which was really kicked off by the 350D and Nikon D70 - and subsequent price crash. I wasn't so much gutted as just..'ho hum'. The D30 produces gorgeous images. Really pleasing colour, too. For...

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by sulman
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:32 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD
Replies: 15
Views: 7548

RE: Tamron AF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 LD

Cheap telephotos really do the job in general walkaround photography; good for travel, for instance. If you're shooting aircraft, you'll find the deficiencies annoying after a while. Colour, sharpness and contrast aren't great, and they're difficult to get good results with at the long end. That bei...

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by sulman
Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: (550D) Good Overall Lens For Yssy
Replies: 11
Views: 5840

RE: (550D) Good Overall Lens For Yssy

The other thing I'd add to what others have written is that it isn't hard. Photography is incredibly easy to pick up, you can learn the basics very rapidly indeed. Get a basics book, set aside a weekend, and off you go.


James

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by sulman
Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:16 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: All The Basic Shooting Tips In One Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 7129

RE: All The Basic Shooting Tips In One Thread

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/ghajdufi" class="quote" target="_blank">ghajdufi</a> (<a href="#1" class="quote">Reply 1</a>):<br/><i>f8 iso200 -1/3EV should work in most cases...

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by sulman
Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Wanted To Share A Couple Of Shots
Replies: 15
Views: 5797

RE: Wanted To Share A Couple Of Shots

Slides are terrific, but I don't really see it when they are scanned for web publishing. In converting them to a digital image, all the advantages of the medium are lost, and on a good scanner the result is something very similar to contemporary DSLR output. To be honest, I can't see much difference...

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by sulman
Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Do I Need OS On Bigma
Replies: 10
Views: 5713

RE: Do I Need OS On Bigma

I'd agree with Thierry. AF not an issue. As good as my 70-200 F4 L. No problem with focusing speed or accuracy. Understand this was not the case on the early 150-500's, but the 50-500 and 120-400 have HSM.

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by sulman
Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Do I Need OS On Bigma
Replies: 10
Views: 5713

RE: Do I Need OS On Bigma

On the 120-400, above 1/125 you're better off without it, it's a little intrusive and doesn't cope so well with fast movements. Definitely nice at mode 2 though for panning. It does help.

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by sulman
Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is It Official? Remark Responsible For More Views?
Replies: 31
Views: 6075

RE: Is It Official? Remark Responsible For More Views?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Silver1SWA" class="quote" target="_blank">Silver1SWA</a> (<a href="#24" class="quote">Reply 24</a>):<br/><i>It sinks.</i></font></td></tr></tabl...

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by sulman
Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is It Official? Remark Responsible For More Views?
Replies: 31
Views: 6075

RE: Is It Official? Remark Responsible For More Views?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/clickhappy" class="quote" target="_blank">clickhappy</a> (<a href="#12" class="quote">Reply 12</a>):<br/><i>I've never seen Titanic, either</i><...

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by sulman
Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Shall I Buy The Sigma 150-500mm OS?
Replies: 17
Views: 10082

RE: Shall I Buy The Sigma 150-500mm OS?

Ian, Like any zoom, it's weaker at the long end. You can get perfectly good results with it, but motion blur's a real issue at 400mm and you need the lens as fast as you can get it, without going wide open. AF precision isn't a problem and as long as you're aware of these issues it does okay. I've g...

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by sulman
Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Shall I Buy The Sigma 150-500mm OS?
Replies: 17
Views: 10082

RE: Shall I Buy The Sigma 150-500mm OS?

Karl, The 100-400's a better lens in some areas. It's also more expensive by some margin. Playing to strengths, there's little difference between the two, but the 100-400 seemed less light-hungry, was more forgiving wide open (120-400 very poor at 5.6, improves hugely immediately above) and the OS i...

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by sulman
Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Shall I Buy The Sigma 150-500mm OS?
Replies: 17
Views: 10082

RE: Shall I Buy The Sigma 150-500mm OS?

The 120-400 Is absolutely fine, as long as you know it's strengths. Don't bother with OS above 1/125 (doesn't help) and generally keep it away from wide open. It's a good lens. <a href="http://www.pbase.com/sulman/image/126844045/original.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.pbase.com/sulman/im...

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by sulman
Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Polarzing Filter
Replies: 25
Views: 3628

RE: Polarzing Filter

I really like mine. You've got to choose your subjects though. <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3350/3300217042_6b5e5947bd_z.jpg" width="500" height="333" border="0"/><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3419/3357926688_9508a4c694_z.jpg" width="500" height="333" border="0"/><img src="htt...

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