Planespotting cameras

Hey guys, how are y’all doing?

I thought, some of you were interested in sharing what camera they have, their experiences with it and maybe some funny stories that you had with them 👍

To get you an example, I’m gonna start:

I got myself the Canon EOS 1300D with the kit 18-55mm and I bought myself a 70-300mm from Canon but the AF broke. I used it for half a year now and I’m surprised at how well it works and focuses (even with only 9AF points). This camera is fast (kinda 😂) and works super duper for planespotting! My funniest story with it was when I spent my holidays in LA (I’m from Germany, so…) and took my whole camera bag with me on the plane. They nearly didn’t let me have it onboard, because they didn’t consider it a a carry-on, but a big check-in bag which it clearly wasn’t 😂.

So, what’s your story?

(If this is a duplicate/innapropriate/not wanted feel free to close this mods)

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I would buy a bigger lence like 75-300mm the 1300D works great with bigger lences

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I use a Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 70-300mm, my friend use a 5d2 plus a canon 70-200mm, all works well

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I personally have a Nikon D3400 and a 18-55mm. Sometimes I use the 18-105mm of my uncle.

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I use the Cannon EOS 500D DSLR you can get good pictures like:

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I wouldn’t really recommend using it at night because it has focusing problems, but all together it’s a good camera

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I’m using the Nikon D3300, it’s a great camera and the lenses I use are
18Mm F2.2 wideangle
12-55 F5 compact lens
55-200mm F5 zoom lens

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I’m currently using a Panasonic FZ70 but looking to upgrade to a D5600 with a AF-P 70-300 or a T7i (800D) with a 55-250 IS STM.

Edit: Just ordered a D7500 with the AF-P 70-300

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Canon Rebel series is a great start. Normally around Black Friday/Christmas you can find some on sale. I got a T6, 18-55mm, and 75-300mm package for $500.

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The best one I’ve used is a Canon EOS 6D with an 80-200mm lens (or something like that).
I’ve been thinking about buying either a F2.8 200mm lens with an extender or an F4.0 300mm or 400mm lens. Not the budget ones, but the “red-line professional” lenses (as I like to call them) :)

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Wouldn’t recommend the 75-300. Soft, terrible focusing and tons of chromatic abberation.

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What do you guys think about f/5.6 lenses compared to f/4? Pros/cons?
The reason is because I’m closely-eyeing this one Canon 400mm (fixed) lens that’s quite cheap (partially because it has no Image Stabilization, which could be a problem…)
. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12129-USA/Canon_2526A004_400mm_f_5_6L_USM_Autofocus.html
My top 4 to choose from: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/compare/Canon_EF_100-400mm_f_4.5-5.6L_IS_II_USM_Lens_vs_Canon_EF_70-300mm_f_4-5.6L_IS_USM_Lens_vs_Canon_EF_300mm_f_4L_IS_USM_Lens_vs_Canon_EF_400mm_f_5.6L_USM_Lens/BHitems/1092632-REG_732106-USA_129188-USA_12129-USA

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I got a Canon Rebel XT in 2009 as a graduation present. It’s a great camera that gets the job done spotting wise. I’ll probably upgrade in the future, but a well maintained XT holds its own

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Sony’s ALPHA series is a good choice (at least in my opinion). With a nice zoom lens on it, and the right settings, you can get some pretty good shots!

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These were shot with a Sony A6500, with a 560mm zoom lens.

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I have a Nikon D3300, with a 55-200mm lens, I usually don’t have to zoom that far at my local airport.

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Unless you’re Superman or have a tripod, a 400mm with no image stabilization will be horrendous.

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I’ll likely be using a tripod, but I’ll take that info into consideration (especially for times when I might be travelling and won’t have my tripod). Thanks!

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Man, that looks very good! Your camera sure is dope. Keep it up man 😉

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I use multiple version of Nikon Cameras and they just work fantastic!

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Well, what do you think about Nikon vs. Canon? I’m really unsure… I was thinking about getting a Nikon, but got a EOS 1300D. Now, I wanna get another one (the 80D), but gotta stick with Canon 'cause of the lenses, I already got.

1300D is eh, the 80D, however is a significant upgrade. I definitely prefer Canon for their lens selection.

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