« on: July 26, 2014, 05:38:20 AM »
When I did a flight over the dunes in Namibia, I shot mostly with the 24-70 but that was based on the landscape. I was lucky to have a second body and had a 70-300 but that's a lot more difficult to get good shots based on speed of flight, jerkiness of ride etc.
For a couple of helicopter flights (Vic falls and rockies in Canada), I used the 16-35 and 70-200 (single body), so I swapped lenses during the flight...
It does depend on your style of photography, but if I could only have 1 lens it out of your list it would be the 24-70.
Few other tips
- Be sure to use Tv or auto-iso, as you need to have approx. 1/1000th of a second speed to ensure you don't blur the shots (of course this depends on what direction you are shooting in relative to the plane).
- As mentioned - windows cleanliness and reflection, again of course watching out for the sun as well (glare).
- Check out the plane before and decide the best seating position - normally at the back or at the front, otherwise you will get the wings in a lot of shots
- Scout out the location before and see if there are particular areas - maybe even use google maps to give you the birds-eye view for planning if you can influence the pilot.
- If you can get some influence, ask the pilot to fly an turn, lowering the wing on the side where you want to shoot
- Take care of smoke/hot air that is released from the engine, if it is an single engine or an plane, where the exhaust passes your photo motives
- Sometimes it helps to mount an flexible (rubber) lens hood (take care of vignetting), that cou can press against the canopy
- If possible, try quickly all three lenses when you seat in the plane - so you can imagine the visual field
- Take care of in which direction you shoot, if the sun is in your shooting direction, in canopy reflections can appear
- Best shots in the evening, when the sun is in an low position. Super effets from long shadows and warm light
- Carry some cleaning wipes for the canopy