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Old Jun 9, 2007, 10:54 AM   #21
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Typical settings would be the first link.http://aviationbuff.com/AT6top.jpg

In that instance it was 300mm (450mm equiv) , 1/640 sec, F11 atISO 400. Depending on the light I can often go with ISO 200or even 100 (D80)and still maintain a resonable shutter speed.

In general with the D50/D80 and my Nikon 70-300 AFS VR 4.5-5.6 I want to keep the shutter speed for high speed passes at 1/640 sec or higher (when at max zoom). Slower speed props I migh be able to get away with panning at 1/320 but I am not the smoothest photog so your results might vary. If possible, I will try to get to F10 or higher, if the aircraft is close and slow, F8 will ususally do.

Also, if I am above 1/640 I will often turn the VR off, IMHO it is not necessary at the higher shutter speeds andmight actually impede a smooth pan during high speed passes due to the way the VR chases the subject while trying to stabilize it. Again, that is my opinion based on my shooting style and unsteady hands:lol:

Make no mistake, if your budget would allow for the 70-200 AFS VR 2.8 with a 1.4 or 1.7TC, that would be the way to go. If not, the 70-300 AFS VR 4.5-5.6 is a good, cost effective solution.


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Old Jun 10, 2007, 10:15 PM   #22
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your response is greatly appreciated sir. You have cleared up many questions I had about shooting.

I am 110% saving my pennies for the 70-200mm 2.8vr with the 1.4tc and cannot wait until I get it!

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