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    Posted: 09 August 2018 at 17:12
Need some pointers, going to an airshow tomorrow. I have never been to one before and would appreciate some help. I'm planning to use my a99m2 with the Sony 70-200 2,8 m2 and the Sony 70-400 4,5-56 m2. It's an evening show that starts 7 pm, the sun will set just after 9 pm and the last 3 shows is a pyro-laser shows. Any experienced airshow-shooter that could share some advice. What is the minimum shutterspeed? ISO? Do I need to bring my a77m2 with a 24-70 for wider shots or is lower end on the teles enough?

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I've been to a few so here's my recommendations.

1. If you are allowed to walk around the planes, get an UWA. Really helps! A fish-eye could help, too, if you're so inclined.
One of the air shows I attended has a huge parking area where most planes were parked and the crowd had free access.

2. 200mm on FF might be a tad short. If you have a 300mm, that'll be helpful. But depends on light. 7pm to 9pm might have enough light in summer but you probably know best.
I saw a guy with a 100-400mm and I thought that was quite smart.

3. For total freeze, go with 1/500 at a minimum. 1/100 to 1/200 might help to get smooth propellers but sharp airplane, especially smaller ones such as WWII airplanes.

4. Check the weather, of course. Will help for light planning.
   Also check the schedule and plan on where you're going to stand for each event.

5. Do a bit of online research by searching for "airshow" and see what gives.

I know most (if not all) these points are fairly common sense but they worked well for me.

Make sure you have a clean sensor! Blue sky really highlights dust bunnies, especially once you apply some contrast.

Enjoy and share the pics.


Edited by skm.sa100 - 09 August 2018 at 19:12
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