What Photo/Video Gear Do You Use?

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Post by holden_airshow_media » Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:58 am

Body (more like bodies):
Nikon D7500
Nikon D3200

Tamron 150-600mm G1
Nikon 55-300mm
Nikon 55-200mm
Nikon 18-55mm

Sony FDR-AX100 4K Camcorder
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Post by bandfan » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:07 pm

So, added to the inventory yesterday. Picked up a 1D MKIII that was bought as a backup and NEVER used. Still has protective plastic over the LCD screens.
1D Mk iv
1D Mk iii
Canon 100-400 ef ii L
Canon 24-105 ef L
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Post by txmedic4563 » Fri Dec 30, 2022 2:22 pm


I shoot with the following:


Sony A7III

Sony 24-105mm F4
Sigma 150-600mm
Sigma 14-24mm F2.8
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Post by ClickJ » Sun May 19, 2024 10:47 pm

GarrettR111 wrote: 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
Dredging up this topic to add my .02 on an ND filter I tried this weekend, plus it's been a while since there's been activity on it so feel free to add your current setup - or if you've added some sort of game-changing gear!

I've been thinking about the quoted question above regarding an ND filter for the last year or so - I remember reading it the first time and thinking that I wouldn't really have a need for that.

Last season though I started trying to get my shutter speed down for props & takeoff/landing, both as a challenge and to try to figure out what I like best. That has resulted in apertures in the f/18-f/30 range, shooting in the 1/30-1/125ish second range (1/80 is where I'm usually at and adjust from there as needed). Ahead of the TBM Reunion I decided to rent a variable ND filter for the heck of it, for my 60-600 lens and this is what I ended up with -

105mm Aurora Aperture Power XND Mark II Variable ND, 1-7 stops

It will be quite a while before I'm able to go through my photos from the weekend closely, but spot-checking a handful I'm happy with the results! I was able to easily get the aperture down to the f/6.3-f/11 range. I didn't monkey around with it much after I got it set so it did get smaller than that at times but not often. I didn't see any image quality issues. I thought it would be a pain to adjust between props & jets for example, but it has a little lever and hard stops at min & max that made it easy to adjust without taking the hood off or even taking the camera away from my eye. I will likely add it to my bag for future shows.

Here is what I'm currently shooting with!

For my bare-bones kit:
Nikon D500
Sigma 60-600 f4.5-6.3
Nikon 16-80 f2.8-f4

For night shows, I add Nikon 70-200 f2.8

I've recently replaced my D5300 with a Z6II so for static night shoots or shows where I can easily bring a 2nd body,

Nikon Z6II
Nikon 24-120 f4
Nikon 14-30 f4
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Post by mleslie5 » Fri Jun 14, 2024 4:14 am

When the Navy sent my dad to Japan in 1979, the first thing he bought when he got there was a Canon AE-1. I now use this camera. It might not achieve the level of clarity that the awesome photographers here get with their cameras, but I really enjoy using it.
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Post by ClickJ » Tue Jun 18, 2024 12:20 am

I know absolutely nothing about film cameras but that seems pretty darn impressive to me. Every time I come home from a show with 15k pictures I think, “how in the world would I do this with film”.
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Post by wfooshee » Tue Jun 18, 2024 2:18 pm

I "grew up" with an AE-1 I picked up new in the mid-80s. A friend of my sister's got one for his birthday, with the 50 1.4, and had absolutely no interest. I had a $100-bill in my wallet and offered it to him, and he accepted! (His parents may have kicked him out of the house for that...) Shot with that camera for almost 15 years, until going into the AF world with a Nikon n8008. (I went with Nikon at that time because they didn't change the lens mount for AF lenses. I figured if I had to abandon my three Canon lenses anyway, why not at least allow for the use of legacy used lenses I might find. I still shoot Nikon to this day, and have a large number of legacy lenses that work just fine on my digital bodies.)

I never shot an air show with it, though, and I'm thinking that the 1/1000 horizontal-travel shutter might have been a limitation. I did shoot a lot of motorsports with it, almost exclusively on Kodachrome. I did have the power winder on it, too. Biggest glass was a Kiron 70-210.
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