a65 for aircraft photography

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bobbydazler
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a65 for aircraft photography
Aug 14, 2013

Hi

Has anyone used the a65 for photographing an air show ie fast jets and if so could they recommend a suitable long zoom that will focus really quickly with the a65.

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In reply to bobbydazler, Aug 14, 2013

bobbydazler wrote:

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Has anyone used the a65 for photographing an air show ie fast jets and if so could they recommend a suitable long zoom that will focus really quickly with the a65.

Thanks

The Sony 70-300G is my go to lense.Shooting jets is not as triky as shooting prop planes at a lower shutter speed so as to catch the action of the props so that it doesn't look like the engine stopped.

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I've used the 55-300mm at air shows successfully shooting jets and props.

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A65 with Tamron 18-270

Check one of my post.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51969865

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I've used the  A77, same EVF and sensor, with the Sigma 100-300, some examples here (1-10). Before that I had the A55 with this lens which worked well, too.

http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/aircraft-airports-15_topic95824_post1199736.html#1199736

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In reply to geoffmalter, Aug 15, 2013

Geoff

I wonder if you can help me then as I took my 55-300 to a small airshow (albeit with A700 & A57) but had almost no good shots from it. The focussing was very slow and even if it did find sharp focus would then randomly go out of focus while I was following the plane.

Probably my settings are wrong but a bit of advice would help.

OP - Sorry to hi-jack your post but hopefully it will assist you too !

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DistantView wrote:

Geoff

I wonder if you can help me then as I took my 55-300 to a small airshow (albeit with A700 & A57) but had almost no good shots from it. The focussing was very slow and even if it did find sharp focus would then randomly go out of focus while I was following the plane.

Probably my settings are wrong but a bit of advice would help.

OP - Sorry to hi-jack your post but hopefully it will assist you too !

Many thanks

RT

There are a few basic techniques for air shows, that give me OK results, I don't consider myself an expert by any means, I only attended 3 air shows so far.

AF: AF-C and central focus point help keeping planes in focus,

Apertures between f/8 and 11 provide some DOF and compensate for small focus errors. Exposure  compensation set to +1 .. +1.7 to compensate for the bright sky.

Shutter speeds vary depending on A/C type. Jets work well with 1/800 or shorter, for all planes in flight but especially for props it pays off to learn panning smoothly and keep speeds between 1/200 and 1/400.

I adjust ISO as needed to make aperture/shutter speed combinations work.

I hope this helps.

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Good advice so far Shoot Manual exposure and I like center focus while I have seen other say area. I only know what works for me.

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This was taken several years ago

Samsolar wrote:

Good advice so far Shoot Manual exposure and I like center focus while I have seen other say area. I only know what works for me.

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In reply to bobbydazler, Aug 15, 2013

I am presently shooting with the a77 and the Sony 70-400 G2 and getting good results. I used the G1 before the G2. I also use the Sony 70-200 with and without a 1.4TC.

One of the prime things in shooting aircraft is to develope a GOOD panning technique.

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In reply to busch, Aug 17, 2013

Many thanks to all who helped with my query on photographing aircraft.

Have now got some idea as what to go for.

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