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photography from microlight aircraft

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by chasm, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2010
    Dear µ4/3 forumites,

    Thanks to my lovely wife, I shall have the chance to take a microlight flight over the Provençal Alpes in the next couple of weeks. :cool: 

    I shall of course be clutching (very tightly) my trusty G3, but the question is:

    which lens to take?

    I don't possess a zoom, and I can't really see myself changing lenses mid-flight. The options I have available are:
    7.5mm, 14mm, 20mm, 25mm (Voigtlander), 50mm (Zeiss Planar T*).

    All suggestions gratefully received!
  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    As someone who photographs A LOT From moving cars, Zoom and OIS would be really nice ... Actually, zoom might be more towards "critical" than "really nice". You obviously can't "zoom with your feet" or necessarily wait for the composition.

    Can you borrow/rent a 45-200?
  3. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    You'll want to get the feel of being on the aircraft in shot; something with at least 14mm of wideangle is adivsable. I would probably mount my 7-14 and call it a day.

    Look at most 'action' cams like the GoPro, which are used a lot for this sort of thing. All are ultrawide to almost fisheye.
  4. slackercruster

    slackercruster Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    NE US
    Don't know or remember?

    From helicopter I used a PS on min focal length. Whatever that translates to?

    View attachment 219604

    btw...if you like air shots get 'Earth from Above' book. Fantastic!

    Look forward to your pix...post lots of them!

    Sounds like wife is a keeper!!
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    If it were me I'd probably use the 14mm.
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