What Cameras do you use for Spotting?

Greetings all. Feel free to share what cameras you use when it comes to plane photography or videography.

I’ll share my cameras first. Yes, I use these all for plane spotting from time to time.


Panasonic NB-G110P

ok my camera is an iphone 8


Caught on iPhone

Caught on toaster oven

Canon 5D Mark III or my Canon 1D4. Just depends on the mood I am in.

Canon 2000D

Sony RX 10 600mm

Sony DSC-H300

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I use a Nikon Z5 with a Tamron 70-300 f/4.5-6.3 lens which is amazing

Not been used for plane spotting yet, but has recently been tested on the local squirrel population:

Camera: Pentax Spotmatic SP (~60 years old)

Lens: Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 300mm f/2.8 LD IF 60B (~40 years old)

No auto exposure, autofocus or fancy matrix/evaluative metering. The camera has a very simple centre weighted light meter powered by a tiny button cell which lasts many months between replacements. All other features are operated entirely mechanically without any dependence on electronics or a battery.

Additionally I have a thermal camera which I have used at an airshow to record parts of the RAF Typhoon display.

See this topic for videos of the display: Seeing The World In A Different Light


Canon EOS 2000D with Canon 10-18mm, 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses


Nikon d7200 with an AF-D 80-400 (which is currently half broken) and a 16-85mm. Planning on getting a tamron 100-400 in a couple months and maybe a 50 1.8 for low light next week

I use an ancient Fujifilm S9600 but I’ll hopefully be getting a Sony A5000 for my birthday soon

Canon EOS 90D with a phat 70-200mm F/4 lens, running a 1.4x iii extender. I have a 24-105mm F/4 but I’ve found this to be disappointing for spotting so I rarely use it. If I need a wider field of view, I just remove the extender.

Never run a tripod, always hand stabilised, for a grand total of about 2kg of weight.


This is my a7iii, right now I have the 100-400 attached as it’s my main lens but I also have a 28-75 and a 1.4x TC in the bag.


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No optical zoom on those cameras. So don’t even bother zooming in on the subject. LOL

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I use an antique piece of equipment called the Samsung Galaxy S10 (ew android ik) (specs below)
Soon planning to buy a Nikon D700 + Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Dg Ex


I think I might start using my vintage box cameras for spotting.

I have a Kodak Hawkeye Brownie from 1953, and an Agfa Box Camera from 1902.