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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 8:52 pm    Post subject: Helicopter Photography Reply with quote

Thought it might be interesting to get a thread going about shooting helicopters. Below is a list of equipment that I take with me on every shoot.

Canon EOS 1DS MK II
16 - 35 Canon Lens
28 - 70 2.8L Series Canon Lens
70 - 200 2.8L Series Canon Lens
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Kenlab KS-6 Gyro Stabiliser.

Have been doing this helo photography stuff for a while now and have a great time. Get to travel to some neat places and shoot some cool helos. Just my two cents worth.

If anyone has any questions post them here and will see if I can answer them.

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 8:55 pm    Post subject: Heli-Op's pics Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canon EOS - is that a digital SLR? Is that the way forward in professional photography these days?

Just bought a new Fuji Finepix S5500 with a 10 x digital zoom, but fancy a digital SLR next.

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 9:17 pm    Post subject: Photography Reply with quote

We have very similar gear but you have better subjects

For our upgrade of camera what would you suggest?

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DB - Yes the 1DS MK II is the latest toy from Canon and is a 17 Megapixel camera. I jumped straight in at the deep end and got the best money could buy and it shows on the quality of the images I have got from photo shoots. However its not cheap - $8500 USD for the body without any lenses.

BLME - What camera do you currently have and what do you want to shoot with it. I use the L series lens because in air to air I want the sharpest image possible and a barrell zoom like the 35-350 means much more glass for the image to go through. Thats why I stick to the 70-200 2.8L as my primary lens for the air to air stuff.

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moving this topic to Helicopter Photos... it could be quite a useful reference...

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 10:07 pm    Post subject: Photography Reply with quote

Thanks we will upgrade soon
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blme - What type of cameras are you using.

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a Canon EOS10d and, since 2005 started 80-200 f2.8L although before 2005 i used a 75-300 USM MKII.
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

F3 - Just some words of experience, try not to ever get a lens that has a telescoping barrell. The 70-200 2.8L lens is the perfect lens to use in my opinion.Its great and I use it as my primary one for air to air photography.

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Camera equipment i use is a canon eos 300d
canon 100 300mm ultrasonic zoom
canon 35 105 mm zoom
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use:

Canon 300D
Tamron 17-35 f/2.8-4 XR Di
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 Xr Di
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS - bloody awesome lens, as Ned said. Pricey though. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody had any experience with the Nikon AF-S f2.8 70-200mm VR G IF-ED Lens?
If you have used both, is it similar to the Cannon you mentioned?

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the Nikon AF 28-200 f3.5 / 5.6 IF Lens on a Nikon D70 body. The lens has worked OK for me.
Sorry, no experience with any Canon products.

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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never played with Nikon as have always been a Canon guy myself.

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