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Mach Loop Newbie Advice

Tue May 26, 2009 9:30 pm

Hi All,

Hopefully somebody can give me some advice. I'm considering venturing up to Wales to go and spend a day in/around the Mach Loop (with the primary aim of getting some decent photos of course!).

However, I've only recently got into aviation photography and as I'm a lowly student the extent of my hardware is a Canon S5IS P&S. To my untrained eye it seems to take pretty good photos at 0x zoom in good lighting conditions, but as soon as you venture away from the ideal it seems to become 'soft' and a little noisy especially at high zoom.

My question is whether you think it would really be worth me going to the Mach Loop? I want to get some decent photos but of course I'm not expecting to take any of quality (more for my personal collection). Will it be possible to take 'acceptable' photos with my hardware?

Also, does anybody have any advice for photographing at the Mach Loop?

Thanks in advance,

(P.S. I did look on for advice but their hardware reccommendations were all DSLR with 75-300mm lens. I understand this topic would be better placed in their forums but its not possible to post there without uploading a photo from the Mach Loop.)
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RE: Mach Loop Newbie Advice

Tue May 26, 2009 10:58 pm

Also, does anybody have any advice for photographing at the Mach Loop?

Be prepared to sit for hours and see nothing  Big grin

I don't know the camera but with a point and shoot your be struggling to get in your words decent photos.

Is it worth you going? If your only going to take pictures then probably not with the camera that you have, but if you want to experience low flying, and your patient then yes it is.
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RE: Mach Loop Newbie Advice

Wed May 27, 2009 12:47 am

It depends on how easily satisfied you are. I'd be willing to bet a few Quid that you probably wouldn't get quality images but if you're happy with a few snaps to remind you of the experience then go for it. Just don't expect miracles and be perpared to perhaps throw a fair few away.

Fast-paced aviation photography (this is effectively airshow stuff) is difficult enough with a DSLR and decent lens, let alone a P&S.

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RE: Mach Loop Newbie Advice

Wed May 27, 2009 9:32 am

Fast jets at close range are not the ideal subjects for a P&S.

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