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04-06-2011 04:01 AM  6 years agoPost 1
AirPig

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Hello,all.

I have recently embarked on the RCAP journey. I built a heli, complete with mount/downlink, ground station and a Canon T2i camera to start with. This investment has put quite a dent in my bank account.

I need to purchase a good lens suitable for producing quality RCAP stills and video. The Canon 10-22mm lens is just more than I can fiscally afford at the moment and maybe for a while.

Can you please offer some ideas or suggestions on Canon T2i compatible lenses that will provide me with the quality I need at a more affordable price until I can afford to buy what I know I need?

If it helps, I am running a TRex 700e, with 720mm Rotortech blades, a photo ship One VR360/Oblique mount with gyro stabilization, Stinger 5.8ghz downlink and Nano receiver.

Thank you for any help. Happy flying to you all.

An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity. -John Steinbeck

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04-06-2011 04:35 AM  6 years agoPost 2
Vortex Aerial

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The plastic 18-55 kit lens should get you by just fine for now.

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04-06-2011 03:08 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Yeehaanow

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Yes, the kit lens is plenty for video, but for stills it's just OK.
The sharpest resolution will be from f11 to f18, but always shoot stills at least f8 on that lens. It might force you to use a higher ISO than you'd like, especially at the high shutter speeds you need to get a sharp image, but once you find a balance, you should be able to achieve very good results.

I would watch your local classifieds and ebay for any of the USM series lenses. They can be had for anywhere from $200 to $500.

-Tim

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04-06-2011 04:01 PM  6 years agoPost 4
AirFoil Aerial Systems

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Had the 10-22 and just wasn't impressed by the pics that lens produced.

This was recommended by a customer about a year ago. Have loved this lens from the first day!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._2_8_XR_Di.html

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04-06-2011 05:15 PM  6 years agoPost 5
onlocation

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This is a good one too:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...20mm_f_1_8.html

We are selling one of ours, pm me for details.

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04-07-2011 08:04 AM  6 years agoPost 6
BungeeMike

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take a look a the tokina, fellow aper has one and likes it over the canon

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04-07-2011 08:20 PM  6 years agoPost 7
aeronautica

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I use to fly with a canon 20 mm fixed focal length, this lens is so nice, just a little heavy

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04-08-2011 03:28 PM  6 years agoPost 8
AirPig

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Thank you so much, for the advice. This is good information. If anyone else wants to weigh in on the subject, I'm listening.

I especially appreciate the advice on settings. Any more suggestions on shutter speeds and F-stops is much appreciated.

Are you guys getting better results with or without using image stabilization? I've heard mixed reviews on this.

Thanks again.

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04-08-2011 04:10 PM  6 years agoPost 9
aeronautica

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My lens is a EF 20 mm f2.8 USM, I use to shot at 1/500 or 1/800, if you have to shoot at higher speed, your heli need to be tuned

The image stabilization is designed to smooth at hand shaking frequencies, a Helicopter goes much higher so this option in my knowledge is not usable

The best results that I got is in manual mode, shoot on the ground, read the settings of the best taken picture and configure it to make the flight using RAW format

Commonly taking pictures for construction progress and clients that doesn’t require top results, just put it on shutter priority, jpg, reduce 1/3 the exposure and let ISO on automatic

Finally, spend many time on photoshop, I believe that the mechanics and technology of our cameras is a lot behind the quality of our eyes. I remember that each eye is aprox 500 Mp, auto ISO on different sections of the sensor (super fast high dynamic range on single picture) , autofocus, excellent optical instruments and a lot of super fast post processing, so you have to help your images to look similar to the reality that your eyes create.

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04-08-2011 05:24 PM  6 years agoPost 10
Yeehaanow

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I can hardly notice if image stabilization is on or not. I have it on when using the kit lens...but. I don't think it hurts, at least.

I do notice that using a heavier lens/camera combo does help. Try and get as much weight on the isolated part of your mount and it will naturally resist movement and vibration.

-Tim

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04-08-2011 10:12 PM  6 years agoPost 11
Dimitris87

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Athens Greece

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i use a samyang lense 14mm with 2,8f and i am happy

http://www.samyang.pl/product,76,ca...d_mc_aspherical

take a look

for 300usd is okay

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