Testing out my new camera with WSSS Approach shots!

Hey everyone, hope you’re having a great day so far!

Today I went down to Changi beach to test out my new camera, and to get a few close-by approach shots. This area is about the best place to see all the planes on final as they pass about 400 feet above you to land. Enjoy!

Expect more pictures next week, I’ll be going back earlier (just missed a few 77Ws, 74Fs, 788/9 and a 359 just because I couldn’t haul myself out of bed). Also, anyone have any reasonably priced super-telephoto lens recommendations for Canon?

Thanks again for dropping by and have a great week ahead!

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Fantastic shots. Me, being the camera nerd that I am, must ask:

What camera did you get?

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Haha! I got a lightly-used (3k shutter actuations) Canon EOS 7D with the 18-135 IS STM kit lens. It was either this or a D7000 but since I had borrowed my cousins 60D quite a few times I didn’t really want to re-learn all the functions again, although this camera falls flat on its face in high-ISO comparisons compared to the Nikon.

EDIT: Actually, @Ben your question really made me think why I got this instead of a 760D or just anything cheaper, then get a good lens.

  1. I don’t really like changing bodies every 3 years or so to keep up so since this is enough for whatever needs I might have in the future (high FPS, mag body, 19 point cross-type AF) I’ll probably keep this for another 8 years or until I run the shutter into the ground.
  2. My next camera after this will most likely be full-frame. Might as well take one of the best APS-C cameras to try it out eh?
  3. In the “oh why didn’t you get the 70D, its newer and has the tilty-flippy screen” argument, I don’t ever use the screen, probably never will as well. I wouldn’t really trust myself with the hinge not breaking. The 3 C presets are great as well and I use them quite often, so that was a good choice with the reduced function (sorta) mode dial. I don’t need WiFi (my E-M10 had it, used it 0 times in total) and the touchscreen is something I can live without. Since I always shoot RAW the better sensor of the 70D might have been an improvement, but I couldn’t justify the price difference. Maybe the D7100 has a better argument, but I don’t shoot in low-light enough to warrant the price increase and the extra learning curve.
  4. I love the heavier weight. Even though I had heard many people complain about how tiring it is to lug the camera around the whole day, I’ve been out a couple of times already and I don’t see what the problem is. In fact, I feel the weight gives me an extra sense of carrying a proper camera around rather than a bit of glass with a sensor at the end.
  5. I like the way it looks and feels in my hand. I tried a 80D and a 800D and just felt that the 7D had a better grip feel and was cheaper used than the brand new 80D. Also, the top LCD is perfectly rectangular, that pleases me rather than the xxD series which looks like the buttons were placed first than the designers added the screen in whatever extra space there was.
  6. 100% 1.0x viewfinder compared to most other Canons with the 98-95% viewfinder. It’s nice to see all that will end up in your shot and how the framing will be rather than having to crop it later on if something feels extra or just off.

The only problem I’m having so far is going from a EVF to a OVF is that I don’t really know how the shot will end up before I take it and I can’t look into anything bright without hurting my eyes, learnt that the hard way when taking this shot!

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Amazing pictures that 747 looks so cool! I bet it was loud lol, but, I second Ben’s question :).

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Those pictures are really pleasing to the eye, very good shots

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Love the FedEx and UPS

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The camera looks awesome 😆❤✈! Did you spot an A350, Ignatius?

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Nah, was 20min too late to spot SMB coming back from Manchester today :(

Next week it is!

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Ah okok! Lovely pictures as always btw! I wish I can have a camera like that T-T

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Very nice choice. I have a good friend who’s a huge Canon user, and has been eyeing the 7D for ages now. Yet to pull the trigger. Glad that you like it, more of a Sony guy myself, but I know that any top of the line Canon like that won’t let you down.

I can see you’ve been watching some Kai Wong with the tilty-flippyness.

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Nice, never thought of going during the day since its so far.

But ive watched night landings from the chalets near by, would be nice if i take sometime off to watch them upclose in the day ^^

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Amazin Pictures!!! Enjoy the camera ;)

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Very nice photos. You nailed great shots and of a lot of different airliners

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Love the Emirates 777. Great photos.

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Id say next invest in the 400mm f/5.6. It msy seem expensive but with the 1.6x crop you get good reach.

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Some really nice pics you’ve got here!

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Was the FedEx an A300 or a 767? I’m not 100% sure.

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That Asiana Cargo photo is one of the best things I’ve seen in my life lol. The Jet Airways flight is one of the longer 737 routes FYI

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It was a 767.

All his old DRev videos are great when you want a laugh, although maybe not so much a proper unbiased factual review…

I’m more inclined towards the 70-300 f4-5.6 or the 100-400 (although I don’t really like the dust getting into the lens issue), as I don’t really want to touch superzoom primes as I prefer variable zoom. Anyways I won’t be making a decision until sometime early next year or at the end of this year but thanks for the suggestion!

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Fantastic pics! The slight shine of the sun reflecting off of the aircraft is beautiful!

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