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Re: What Photo/Video Gear Do You Use?

Post by GarrettR111 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:04 pm

Hi guys, I just bought a new tamron 100-400 and 70-200 for my 7D. would you suggest getting a 2 or 3 stop ND for airshows (specifically Airventure) thanks
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Post by RyanS » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:38 pm

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Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:04 pm
Hi guys, I just bought a new tamron 100-400 and 70-200 for my 7D. would you suggest getting a 2 or 3 stop ND for airshows (specifically Airventure) thanks
I don't use any ND for my camera, so I guess I'd say a 2 stop would be better than a 3 stop. Do you have a specific intention behind using an ND? I don't know of anyone who uses one regularly. I suppose it might help with props but with jets you will definitely want it off to get the best speed you can.
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Post by GarrettR111 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:43 pm

The main reason i thought about using one is the fact in past years using an old sigma 170-500 in shutter priority my aperture would be around f20 and i figured a ND might help cut that down
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Post by Larry I » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:44 pm

What I do to avoid those higher F stops is to set my camera in Tv at the shutter speed I intend to use (but which may be over rode by Exposure Compensation as the day goes by), aim up at the sky zoomed out to the long end & adjust the ISO to be in the f8 to f 11 range. It doesn't always work out on super bright days with lower shutter speeds but in general it's a good work around to not having an ND filter.
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Post by RyanS » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:58 pm

GarrettR111 wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:43 pm
The main reason i thought about using one is the fact in past years using an old sigma 170-500 in shutter priority my aperture would be around f20 and i figured a ND might help cut that down
Yeah, I can see that as a benefit but I'd say just make sure you can disengage it quickly for swapping over to jets. I think I'd still go with the less powerful filter. Curious to hear how it works out!
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Post by GarrettR111 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:08 am

I found a pretty good nd 2 that someone on a different forum said he uses for air shows so I’ll probably pick one up (need something like it anyway for fireworks) so I’ll def update after Airventure how it goes for me
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Post by GarrettR111 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:18 pm

Hey guys, now that Airventure is done (late update) and I've had time to look over my pictures. the Tamron 100-400 I used worked better than expected, one question if anyone can help though. When I use the lens with full axis stabilization (mode 1) every image I take is blurry, as if the IS is too good to capture the plane in motion, but in tracking (mode 2) everything is super clear. does that make sense or am I doing something wrong? thanks a ton. To reply to my comment about a ND filter, I didn't end up getting one before the show and I'm glad I didn't. The photos from this year are amazing.
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Post by RyanS » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:31 pm

Glad it worked for you!

Full IS will try to stabilize the horizontal movement as well as vertical, so it will work against you if you are intentionally panning. It is better for shooting something stationary.

The purpose of mode 2 is for panning with the subject, so sounds like everything worked as intended.
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Post by Larry I » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:24 pm

I agree with Ryan. Mode 1 (if the lens has modes) is for stationary targets & Mode 2 is for panning. In theory that means side to side panning but to date I've never had any issues when panning at considerable angles going upwards or downwards while also panning side to side. (as in tracking an aircraft in a steep dive or aggressive climb). This seems correct for Canon, Sigma or Tamron lenses but not necessarily for Nikon which make some lenses which seem to sense they are being used to pan from what I read when researching one of their lenses a couple of years ago.
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