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New camera

Wed Dec 16, 1998 12:13 pm

What would be the best camera/lens combination to buy for photographing airliners? I have very limited knowledge of cameras and am limited to about $200-$250. Thanks!
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RE: New camera

Wed Dec 16, 1998 1:58 pm

I have no clue! But I think I'm going to buy
a 300mm Canon after xmas.

RE: New camera

Wed Dec 16, 1998 7:42 pm

Im not a camera expert but I would suggest at least a 300mm lens.
For some shots, you might be a good distance from the aircraft and you want as much detail as possible.
The camera itself doesnt have to be expensive.
Its the good lens that you want.
These new cameras I see on tv are not expensive at all and they do a great job.
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RE: New camera

Wed Dec 16, 1998 7:51 pm

It doesn't really matter what brand you buy... They're all good cameras. I have a Canon EOS50, with a 75-300 lens. It does the job fine, although the 300mm of this lens isn't always to my liking (blackened corners on widest aperture...) And I don't think it's in the $250 range...
Check out what camera you think is easiest to use. The types you see a VERY lot by spotters are the Canon EOS500(n) and the Minolta Dynax500/505si.

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RE: New camera

Wed Dec 16, 1998 10:23 pm

What would be the distance that you are from the planes you want to photograph? (in meters please)
David L
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RE: New camera

Thu Dec 17, 1998 8:03 am

Just bear in mind that if you use a long focal length lens there's a danger of "camera shake". A zoom lens is more versatile but as you zoom in every movement of the camera is magnified along with the image. If the shutter is open too long that movement will be captured in the form of blur. A ROUGH guide is that the shutter should not be open longer than 1/focal length, e.g. if your lens is 180mm, the slowest shutter speed you should use is 1/180th of a second. This applies to 35mm cameras and you have to scale up or down for other formats. It's not much of a problem on a bright day but the lighting conditions can make things worse. You can eliminate the shakes by resting the camera on a fence or something or, even better, get a tripod for shooting stationary targets.

All I'm really saying is, get as close as you can first then use the zoom - not TOO close, obviously.

Another thing you should do is make sure you know what adjustments to make when you shoot a target against a bright background, like the sky. If you don't, the camera will be fooled into making everything darker.

As for which one to buy - haven't a clue. I haven't looked at new cameras for a few years.

Now you're going to tell me you knew all that, you just wanted to know which camera to buy. :-/

Maybe you could contact some of the photographers who've contributed to this site.

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RE: New camera

Thu Dec 17, 1998 9:46 am

David L, Thanks, I didn't know all of that.

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