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Old Nov 30, 2005, 6:31 PM   #1
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I don't know where to post this, but has anybody done any night aerial photography? I'm wanting to get some shots of an urban area at night, skylines etc in a chopper. Is this just crazy or should I try it? Can I rent a fast lens and get anything decent?

Thanks, I could really use the help.
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Old Dec 3, 2005, 1:56 PM   #2
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It is possible, but remember that a chopper is a high-vibration platform. To get "perfect" shots, you will need a very bright lens (Iused an f1.4 T* on my Contax RTSin the late '70s) and some sort of stabilization, especially if you are using more than a normal lens (telephoto). You also need to use the fastest shutter possible to reduce blur. In a film camera, that ment high speed (high ISO) film.

All those years ago I had built a gyrostabilizer from surplus Edmund Scientific parts (see this thread:http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...384375#p384375 ).

However, similar stabilizersarecommercially available expensively (see http://www.ken-lab.com/stabilizers.html ). Such devices work very well if you are willing to rupture your bank account!

Hope this helps!

On edit, I was thinking about your question and wondered if you might be using a camera body that will use IS - type lenses. Am not sure just how good a "common" (such as the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS model) image stabilization lens would work in that application, but it would be worth a try!

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Old Dec 3, 2005, 10:47 PM   #3
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Sounds crazy, but then a few crazy things work out. Worth trying? Depends on your bank balance as much as anything.

Doubt you will get much with any equipment you are likely to be able to rent or buy for less than the price of a nice car, even including a fast IS lens and gyro stabalizer. A quick Google image search doesn't yeild very many such images, so it has to be hard to do. Found a couple of the Las Vegas strip athttp://www.mparksphotos.com/com-pro-aero.htm , but not very many places are as well lit as that.
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