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10-17-2005 04:58 AM  12 years agoPost 1
DaOne

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I have a canon 20D digital camera. Right now I only have the lens it came with. It is limited to 55mm zoom. I would like to find a cheap lens for this that I can get close up photos of the heli in flight. Do I really need image stabilization for bright daylight photos? What sugestions do you guys have without breaking the bank?

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10-17-2005 05:16 AM  12 years agoPost 2
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I've got a 20D, great camera.

I have the 28-135 Image stablised lens. While it doesn't really have the zoom for flying pics, it's still pretty good. The image stablisation is fantastic!

I'm struggling at the moment though with this camera combo. I don't know as much as I need to about cameras just yet although I'm busy learning and experimenting.

It's much like a new guy turning up to the field with a brand new Eagle 3 who doesn't really know much about hovering just yet .

Si

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10-17-2005 05:52 AM  12 years ago •• Post 3 ••
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Yeah I dont know much about the features yet. Useing it as a point and shoot for the kids. All flight photos I used the 55mm lens and cropped it in photoshop. Basicaly a digital zoom. Right now I am looking at the canon 75-300 non IS lens. Think that would do the trick?

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10-17-2005 06:03 AM  12 years agoPost 4
bell-230

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i've gotta say i love the 75-300 IS...

but canon just came out with a new fairly cheap telephoto lense, take a look here

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10-17-2005 06:14 AM  12 years agoPost 5
DaOne

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but canon just came out with a new fairly cheap telephoto lense, take a look here
Wow that one does look nice. Just explaining to the wife that I need to spend another $1000 just so I can see my heli in the air is gonna be hard. Any recomendations on the lower end. Dont need the greatest optics right now. Just something that will get a closer up shot that is in focus is all I am looking for. Later on I will most likely buy this lens however right now I am very tempted by all the under $200 range 75-300mm lenses. This is why I ask if you really have to have IS in bright daylight to get a sharp image?

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10-17-2005 06:27 AM  12 years agoPost 6
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Another 20D owners opinions
IS is nice but I don't have it (it was another 500 bucks no thanks) sometimes I wish I did for low SS panning but thats about it -- for regular heli pics I've never really gone "I wish I had IS now" except for dusk/nightflying -- there its very hard to get a decent shot without flash.

The only thing that stands out with that lens is the 5.6 at the long end -- kind of slow IMO. Not bad for outside daylight use only; but don't expect to use it inside or in bad light.

Length wise thats pretty much what I've been shooting, if you look in my gallery everything in the helischool section was taken in the 70-280 range (though not by that lens and ussually at wider app's) and the other categories the telephoto's are around 135-200. I ussually stand right behind the pilot when I'm shooting so that should give you an idea of the magnification of a 70-~300ish lens.

Hope this helps (or at least doens't confuse the issue further).

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10-17-2005 06:34 AM  12 years agoPost 7
Spitfire_mk5

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Some reviews on FM
This site is usually pretty good for reviews, though its aimed more at the advanced amature/pro shooters.


http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/

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10-17-2005 06:45 AM  12 years agoPost 8
fitenfyr

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Off brands
If you just want a lens that will do the job and you are not concerned about the best quality then I would look at the Sigma and Tamron lenses.
They are about 1/2 or more the price of a Canon and will usually suit the amature photographer just fine.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com is a great place to shop and compare what is out there.

I would try for a 70-300 lens. With the 1.6x crop factor you will get a nice distance lens out of that one.

Jason Stiffey
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10-17-2005 03:42 PM  12 years agoPost 9
GMcNair

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DaOne, the "closeup" photos you see in my thread for doing the air-to-air shots of the heavylift operation were taken with a Quantaray 100-300 lens. We flew no less than a 250 foot horiz separation from the subject. It's not image stabilized, but I've also got a KS2 gyro on my 20D to take out the worst of my movements. Soon I hope to pop for the L glass Canon IS version of this lens.

Go to ritzcamera.com and see the Quantaray 70-300 for $159. That's probably more in your pricerange, and won't induce so much pain inflicted by your wife when you buy it. I picked mine up on ebay for a song and a dance, new in box, but it's a discontinued lens now. For what you're shooting, it will be sufficient.

And when you can afford it, you might want to look at the Canon 17-85 IS lens. I do 95% of my shooting with it, both on the ground and in the air. I had the 28-135 for a time, but didn't care for it. And it was far heavier than my gimbal servos liked.

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10-18-2005 12:30 AM  12 years agoPost 10
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Most of the photos of helicopters in my gallery were taken with my 20D and Canon 300/f4. Look at my home page for photos with EXIF info.

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