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Old Jul 12, 2009, 3:28 PM   #11
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Is there a good web site that lists upcoming air shows in the US (particularly MD, DC, or VA)? I've spent some time googling that without much success.

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Hi Ted,

Hope this helps:

http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/docs/2009_schedule.pdf

http://www.airshow.com/Merchant2/mer...e=thunderbirds


Note: the 2nd site has airshow schedules broken down by state.


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Old Jul 12, 2009, 3:36 PM   #12
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Hi Guys

I wasn't able to pick up the 40-150 yesterday as I was just tied down with family stuff all Saturday and the day itself was a complete washout weather wise as well. However, today the weather held off and I made a dash to Duxford with just the 135mm OM, 35-100F2 and 14-54ZD. I seemed to have gone crazy and took a bucket load of pics.. pics and thoughts of how the E3 compared to the E1 in a seperate thread but I will say this - IS plays havoc with the E3's AF (SAF, CF, MF and with any lens) at mid-high shutterspeeds with fast flying aircraft - 1/200s or faster and I'll post examples in the next post (Greg's already mentioned it but it took me by real surprise how much of an effect it does have).

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I'll be ordering the 40-150 for the next show.. 3 more airshows at Duxford between now and Sept! Actually I think the ideal lens for an air show is the 50-200F2, although i could also see the 70-300 being pretty useful too.

PSS .. OLy .. if you;d like to provide a 90-250F2.8 and a sherpa for the next 3 shows.. I;d be more than happy to test it all out!




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Old Jul 12, 2009, 8:29 PM   #13
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Is there a good web site that lists upcoming air shows in the US (particularly MD, DC, or VA)? I've spent some time googling that without much success.

Thanks!

Ted
Hi Ted: I usually attend the military aviation air shows. Try:
http://www.milavia.net/airshows/cale...h_america.html

The Blue Angels list their complete show schedule each year.
http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/index.htm

The Thunderbird schedule should be at:
http://events.airforce.com/content.h...irshows_hl=_f2

General site by state:
http://www.airshow.com/Merchant2/mer...=stateschedule

Hope these sites help. Also, try the individual Air Force Bases or Naval Aviation Station Bases web sites located in your area. They will usually have information about upcoming airshows that will be at their particular base in the future.

Steve R.

P.S. for anyone interested: The Blue Angels always end their season every year with their Homecoming Show
at NAS Pensacola in November. This year it will be on November 13-14, 2009. It has always been a great show.

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Old Jul 13, 2009, 6:53 PM   #14
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Thanks guys - I'll check out those web sites. I'm getting the feeling that there aren't many air shows in the DC metropolitan area because of the security restrictions in the area.

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Ted: If you don't mind a 3 hour drive, the Naval Air Station Oceana at Virginia Beach will have a good show on Oct0ber 17-18, 2009. Both the Blue Angels and the Canandian Snowbirds will be there. I've been to the Oceana Shows before, and they were always good.
http://www.oceanaairshow.com/performers.php
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Thanks, Steven! I'll plan for that one.

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Old Jul 24, 2009, 12:37 PM   #17
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Just thinking about getting into an olympus system... question..

You guys are saying 'the new 40-150", do you mean,
* there was an older version of the 40-150?
or
* the 40-150 is a newer lens period?

(If there are two versions, which comes with the E520 kit? And would this be the new version?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/489407-REG/Olympus_261056_40_150mm_f_4_5_6_Zuiko_ED.html )
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Old Jul 24, 2009, 1:14 PM   #18
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Yes, there are 2 versions of the 40-150mm lens. The 1st version is a faster lens that is also a little larger and heavier. The 2nd version is smaller and lighter in weight. Many users of the original version feel that it is a superior lens with the added advantage of a little speed. The new version 40-150mm is slightly slower @ 4.0 -5.6 arpeture.

A review of the newer version can be read on SLR gear:
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...t/1086/cat/all

SLR Gear differs in opinion on the superiority of the older version. They feel the newer is a bit sharper.

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Hey thanks for the speedy reply. and for the link, I'll check it out.
OK so with the new kit for the 520, it would be the newer version of the lens. Thanks much!
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Hi Highway: I looked at both versions, and prefer the newer, lighter version. When you are carrying around a lens all day, the light weight of the newer version is greatly appreciated, but that's just me. (I like to travel light.) I have several longer lens of 200 or better, but usually carry the 40-150mm. (When you're walking around for 10 hours at a theme park or air show, weight does definitely matter.) So consider your shooting environment, and go with the one most suited to your needs. Since I'm shooting in Florida sunshine, the faster f-stop is usually of no importance to me.
Since they are both very good kit lens, there really is no wrong choice.

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