Actually, it's no more difficult than any other airplane. They have to meet the same requirements, airframe inspections, etc. I don't think there's a single one flying that hasn't been rebuilt from the ground up. But like anything else, accidents happen. When the Liberty Belle burned up several years ago it was particularly painful because they landed in a field with an engine fire. The airplane came down on it's gear and could've been saved, but the local fire department was afraid they'd get their truck stuck in the field, so everyone just watched it burn. As a former volunteer firefighter, I find that unconscionable.Agree. It must be very difficult keeping those old planes in flying condition.
It all depends on where you are going to shoot, is it close to the runway or far away?Hi all,
I've been asked to try capturing a plane landing for work pretty soon. Haven't done it before, and not generally my type of photography. The only thing I have for telephoto right now is the Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 (the el cheapola). I'm assuming 150mm isn't far enough, so looking at getting maybe picking up the Olympus 75-300. That's really about the only thing my budget allows at the moment.
Questions are: Am I right in thinking my 40-150mm won't work? Is this 75-300 a good alternative (sorry, there's 132 pages on this thread!)? Another recommendation that won't require me to get a second mortgage?
Hmmm, OK, wasn't quite expecting that response... It is a welcome one though! Ironically, I'll be on the runway . I'm trying for a head-on but frankly, I'm not going to quite know where it's coming from until it comes...It all depends on where you are going to shoot, is it close to the runway or far away?
Will you try to get a head on approach picture or is a side view the plan?
Check out your airport and find out where the enthusiasts tend to take their photos from, they know the best angles.
I think the 40-150 should work from the right place.
I presume you will have an escort on the runway, they should be able to tell you where the plane is coming from. It will be based on wind direction - aircraft typically land in to wind. I am sure this is unnecessary for me to say but please do not go out on the runway alone, have someone from the airport staff escort you. Apologies if this sounds condescending but I have had the misfortune of someone running out in front of me while on final approach and it is not a fun situation.I'm trying for a head-on but frankly, I'm not going to quite know where it's coming from until it comes...