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Rodolfo Paiz wrote:
I can't say much about tripods since I don't use them often, and thankfully followed someone's good advice to buy a good one the first time around. I'm partial to RRS over Gitzo, and that's about all I can tell you that might be useful. But they're both expensive, and there are certainly other options that should give you a good tripod for a much lower cost.
I would recommend sticking to handheld, though. There's just too much radical change in direction -- and in two dimensions no less -- when shooting aviation, and it's bloody hard to rotate yourself...Show more →
I've got rhe 100-400 and also the 300mm 2.8 (which is a lovely lens and easy to use hand-held). I was warned that the 500mm might be too heavy to handhold, but is lighter than the Mk1 version. I am loathe to mount it for aircraft, but I see quite a few people at airshows with the 400mm 2.8 on a tripod so it can't be impossible. Looking at the shots, apart from the lighting problems, a lot of them have what I think is camera shake - it may be that I need to try a monopod