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by JakTrax
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photographer's choice
Replies: 53
Views: 12856

Re: Photographer's choice

Can the same 'hacks' be used for the top of the day? Today we have four images by the same photog, of regular subjects in not-the-best light. I think this has been discussed before but I really am curious as to how they got there...

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New camera decision - would like some feedback on what others have.
Replies: 18
Views: 3424

Re: New camera decision - would like some feedback on what others have.

I think the advice re mirrorless in the last post is sound. Mirrorless lenses are inherently better due to the reduced flange distance but, in the case of Nikon and Canon (particularly), the camera bodies are at the moment way behind the lenses. Nikon are kinda stuck in last place with the Z mount d...

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by JakTrax
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon 70-200 mm f2.o or the new Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2705

Re: Nikon 70-200 mm f2.o or the new Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 ?

That 18-300 isn't in the same league as the two f/2.8s the op refers to. Besides, he's specified that he's only interested in the two lenses.

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by JakTrax
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: 'Newbie' - Basic Quality Comparison Question
Replies: 19
Views: 1948

Re: 'Newbie' - Basic Quality Comparison Question

I think you'll need to post or link images if you want a succinct answer..

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 316
Views: 74882

Re: wiggys photos

Tim, if by 'lowest possible aperture' you mean widest, this is going to give you problems if the exhibit is only, say, a few metres from the photographer. The settings you'll need will depend entirely on what camera and lens combo you're using, and whether you have stabilisation. The tripod method i...

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 316
Views: 74882

Re: wiggys photos

Your settings will need to be very different depending on whether the exhibits are indoors or outdoors. Aside from that, subjects are typically very close so you'll need sufficient depth of field in order to get all parts in focus. Avoid or negate foreground clutter if possible.

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Prescreening - PHXA332
Replies: 43
Views: 8269

Re: Prescreening - PHXA332

While haze (and therefore distance) kills the Omni I think it's misleading to state that the light is harsh - there are images featuring much worse lighting that get in every day.

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre screening
Replies: 4
Views: 7753

Re: Pre screening

Looks good on my monitor — I feel an underexposed rejection would be a bit picky.

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post Screening
Replies: 4
Views: 1038

Re: Post Screening

Doesn't look to be much more than a third to me but it's the proximity of the fence to the photographer that's distracting — whenever the fence is out of focus/blurry it's a much bigger issue than when it's in focus. I'd certainly agree with Kas that there's some pretty visible heat-haze too.

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 316
Views: 74882

Re: wiggys photos

No specific photographer ID required in most (in not all?) countries, however depending on what type of photography you're doing you may require a pass or written permission (plus a public liability certificate). Photography for personal reasons won't typically require any documentation — it's usual...

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by JakTrax
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New camera decision - would like some feedback on what others have.
Replies: 18
Views: 3424

Re: New camera decision - would like some feedback on what others have.

If you're doing a lot of fast-action photography I hand on heart can't really recommend a mirrorless, at least with my experience of the Canon EOS RP. It's a fantastic camera and has many advantages over a DSLR but the split-second freeze-frame between shots will likely be too distracting for sports...

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by JakTrax
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening: JakTrax
Replies: 2
Views: 967

Pre-screening: JakTrax

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130333117 ... /lightbox/

Cheers,
Karl
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Hi All,

Been a while since I uploaded something non-priority so just wondering if the sharpness is okay by today's standards?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130333117 ... /lightbox/

Cheers,
Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon EOS RP: first impressions & some questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1893

Re: Canon EOS RP: first impressions & some questions

I'm shooting both RAW and jpeg. I have peripheral illumination correction turned on, but I do with the 6D too. I doubt there'd be profiles for EF lenses and I didn't notice anything whilst going through the menu the other day, but you've made me want to double-check. Regardless of any correction goi...

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by JakTrax
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon EOS RP: first impressions & some questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1893

Re: Canon EOS RP: first impressions & some questions

Thanks Dan, I'll have a look in the menus, see what I can do. Took the RP out again this morning (with the RF 24-105 f/4 L IS and EF 70-200 f/4 L IS II) and did just over 100 shots. In case anyone's interested, here are my findings re image quality, i.e. what I love and what I don't (and to be fair ...

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon EOS RP: first impressions & some questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1893

Canon EOS RP: first impressions & some questions

HI All, Rather than dragging up the old thread (which has stagnated) I thought I'd start a new one, outlining my initial impressions of the EOS R system. Hopefully it will help others who are tempted to make the jump to mirrorless. Firstly, the size — It's tiny... and I mean tiny! This is good in ma...

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by JakTrax
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 14067

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

I finally bought an EOS RP with the RF24-105 f/4 L IS lens this week. I shall be testing it out this coming weekend and will report back, for the benefit of anyone who followed this thread with any interest (since most people seem to have gone for the R rather than the RP). The R was a lot more mone...

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by JakTrax
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?
Replies: 9
Views: 1606

Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Thanks for all the help, guys, however in the end I bought a new (smaller) case to put my gear in, that adheres to Ryanair's cabin baggage limits. I'm sure the 55-250STM would have produced acceptable images but I think Julien is right — there's no going back from L lenses.

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by JakTrax
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?
Replies: 9
Views: 1606

Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Thanks guys, encouraging stuff! To clarify, I don't expect L quality in most areas but I want something that's not far off sharpness-wise. Many cheap lenses when used to their strengths can produce results comparable to the L series, but often with a bit more distortion and/or CA. And of course you ...

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by JakTrax
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?
Replies: 9
Views: 1606

Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Thanks guys. It's worth noting that the new(er) STM version is an optical redesign and is praised for being much better than the two original versions (IS I & II). The reviews really are quite astonishing but at the same time a little ambiguous, for the fact that the phrase 'for the money' frequ...

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by JakTrax
Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?
Replies: 9
Views: 1606

Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Hi All, Need a light, compact telephoto lens for my crop bodies (to get around Ryanair's cabin bag policy!) and the performance of the above lens is continually lauded — is it as good as they say? I've an all-L collection at the moment — while I'm aware that it probably won't match that quality I wo...

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by JakTrax
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is a bridge camera good?
Replies: 5
Views: 1721

Re: Is a bridge camera good?

Which is why I said, "Generally". I never said it was impossible to take good images with a bridge camera; it's just much easier with a DSLR or CSC, and the results will be of better quality.

If you want to shoot aircraft, the best tool for the job is a DSLR or CSC. That IS true. Period.

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by JakTrax
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Cheap budget not 2nd hand camera
Replies: 2
Views: 1103

Re: CHEAP BUDGET NOT 2ND HAND CAMERA

300 what? Pounds? Dollars? Euros?

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by JakTrax
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is a bridge camera good?
Replies: 5
Views: 1721

Re: IS A BRIDGE CAMERA GOOD?

Generally, no, because of the limitations... unless you only shoot static or taxiing aircraft. Go for a basic DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75809

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

The heat haze looks about on par with what's acceptable these days but the contrast is low and I've had similar rejected for distance. I've come to the conclusion that screening will never be perfect - it is what it is and there's no great motivation to tackle inconsistency. Live with it or upload e...

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by JakTrax
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: DSLR or mirrorless for stock images?
Replies: 5
Views: 10836

Re: DSLR or mirrorless for stock images?

The end result is going to be identical — the difference is in how each type of camera arrives at that end result. Optical viewfinders are still better for fast action however many prefer the EVFs of mirrorless because they offer a faithful preview of the image to be captured. And yes, battery life ...

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by JakTrax
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Banner for all white 738?
Replies: 3
Views: 8291

Re: Banner for all white 738?

But surely even the first shouldn't qualify? Many aircraft are painted all white as their leases end or begin (or for whatever reason) — it's not part of any branding and so shouldn't be considered newsworthy. I do, however, think such images should receive priority (just not a banner position) beca...

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by JakTrax
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: DSLR vs MIRRORLESS
Replies: 14
Views: 12363

Re: DSLR vs MIRRORLESS

It strikes me that, certainly in the Canon intermediate DSLR world, the more complex the AF system, the less reliable it is. My 80D is pretty useless to be honest in AI servo mode and needs to be set to one-shot — and even then my keeper rate isn't impressive! My old 50D is better and that technolog...

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by JakTrax
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Banner for all white 738?
Replies: 3
Views: 8291

Banner for all white 738?

All,

I'm gonna ask this question because I feel it needs to be asked: why has an all white Norwegian 737-800 made the banner? They have two like this and they've been flying since August!

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 316
Views: 74882

Re: wiggys photos

Photoshop Elements is more than good enough to edit images for here. I'm still using version 5.0!

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Font 1/4 of the aircraft out of focus, soft and/or blurry
Replies: 6
Views: 8658

Re: Font 1/4 of the aircraft out of focus, soft and/or blurry

The third possibility of course is that you've accidentally knocked the lens and an element has become misaligned. Kas' recommendation therefore is the best course of action to help narrow down the problem.

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by JakTrax
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/Post screening-AADC10137
Replies: 3
Views: 7822

Re: Pre/Post screening-AADC10137

Doesn't look that soft to me although DHL is a pain of a livery for appearing soft due to the red on yellow. It does have a pinky hue though.

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: DSLR vs MIRRORLESS
Replies: 14
Views: 12363

Re: DSLR vs MIRRORLESS

I've been holding off upgrading my Canon DSLRs as their mirrorless RF system is progressing nicely. A firmware update is due imminently which apparently significantly improves AF accuracy/consistency, to put it on a par with Sony (who are considered to have the best mirrorless AF currently). Canon's...

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by JakTrax
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 316
Views: 74882

Re: wiggys photos

You don't exactly have the attitude that makes people want to go out of their way to help you. And you don't seem to be particularly good at listening as, several months down the line, it doesn't seem you're any closer to getting images accepted. What you're basically saying above is that you aren't...

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by JakTrax
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 26
Views: 14067

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

I'm bumping this thread back up as there's been a significant development in the Canon mirrorless world... Come the end of this month (Sep) Canon will release their latest firmware for the EOS R and RP, which apparently vastly improves the AF. I've read some reviews of the beta version and everyone ...

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75809

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

spompert, it gets so many views compared to all other shots, full-stop! Double the amount of the first CS3 for DL, and well over double of the roll-out of the 777-9 and UA's first 787-10. And the plane in question has been around for nearly 10 years! I got it added as a priority when it was first pa...

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75809

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Okay, this is getting silly... The Condor shot now has double the amount of views of anything else from the past 365 days (despite being uploaded much more recently). The same photog's fisheye 747 shot is not far off and there's another, almost identical one working its way up (CZ 77W) that incident...

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by JakTrax
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening
Replies: 5
Views: 8115

Re: Pre-Screening

The only thing I'd recommend is to add a tiny amount of contrast to the first image. It looks good as it is but I have had rejections for low contrast for similar so it would just be to make sure.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75809

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

But what's the benefit to this? Surely it's cheating? Is it likely out of the photographer's hands or is it more likely a case of deliberate manipulation?

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by JakTrax
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75809

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

The DE shot had 12k views overnight 2nd-3rd Sep! Oddly enough the LH 747 image was nowhere near the top shot of the last 365 days 48 hours ago! The DE has slowed a bit lately, only getting 5.4k views overnight last night... but having said that the next most popular (DL A220, UA 787-10 and 777-9) ha...

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by JakTrax
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75809

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Speaking of manipulating the system, I have just noticed that the top photo of the last 30 days is a relatively mundane subject shot in very mediocre light — absolutely nothing special about it at all — however what strikes me as fishy is that it has more than double the number of views of the next ...

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75809

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I think it's naive at best to think that implicit biases don't come into play here when they most certainly do in every other aspect of life. I'm sure our resident psychologist will chime in if he eyes this thread.... The fact that one photographer is basically holding A.net to ransom is in itself i...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Budget DSLR camera
Replies: 10
Views: 9807

Re: Budget DSLR camera

Noise reduction software is a bit of a double-edged sword as it doesn't actually 'get rid' of noise — rather it basically blurs parts of the image to give the effect of doing away with it. That's why you get a variety of ill-effects when you overuse NR software.

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Budget DSLR camera
Replies: 10
Views: 9807

Re: Budget DSLR camera

I don't own the 4000D and even if I did I wouldn't be offended. My point is that better isn't always 'better', if you know what I mean. The 7D was certainly a great camera but some low-end Canons have surpassed it now and its higher ISO performance was always lousy. For standard aviation shots (and ...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Budget DSLR camera
Replies: 10
Views: 9807

Re: Budget DSLR camera

Why is the 7D 'loads better than the 4000D'? The 4000D benefits from a much newer processor and, unless you really need the increased burst rate, the extra fps isn't a game changer. 10 additional focus points for most aviation applications won't be noticeable in the real world either. Besides, the O...

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by JakTrax
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening please
Replies: 190
Views: 40172

Re: Pre-screening please

The haze is terrible and kills them straight away, without considering other flaws.

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by JakTrax
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening please
Replies: 190
Views: 40172

Re: Pre-screening please

The Dornier looks generally good to me but the Cessna looks a touch bright. Both appear a little yellow/green.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: contrast issues
Replies: 6
Views: 9795

Re: contrast issues

Typically, contrast is balanced when pure whites look like pure white and pure black like pure blacks, but in the real world it isn't so clear cut. Perhaps the best guide is to look at the aircraft tyres — if they're in the shadow of part of the aircraft (normally a wing) then they should look almos...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Rejected for distance and underexposure
Replies: 4
Views: 9061

Re: Rejected for distance and underexposure

For me there's too much dead space still on the left; I think it might look better with some kind of portrait crop (depending on what ratios are acceptable these days).

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75809

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

There was one on the front page yesterday that was clearly unlevel....

Karl

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by JakTrax
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image Stabilization or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 10282

Re: Image Stabilization or not?

I own the original 70-200 f/4 L (non-IS) and for the money there's nothing else like it (including outside the Canon world). I also own the new 70-200 f/4 L IS II, which is slightly sharper and has noticeably better AF, but it's nearly three times the price. The newer version does, however, mean tha...

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