Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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Razor17
Registered: Oct 08, 2012
Total Posts: 317
Country: United States

stevez wrote:
Sometimes you just have to stop the car and take in the sunset...


Really nice Steve...



futurshox
Registered: Feb 15, 2008
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Skip Stewart and Melissa Pemberton and the Tinstix closing pass...

Dude.



Rodolfo Paiz
Registered: Jan 07, 2007
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Go4Long wrote:
Pretty safe to say everyone knows the purpose and significance.


Uh, no.

I know about the purpose and significance of them now, but I had no clue two pages ago.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 16105
Country: United States

futurshox wrote:
Skip Stewart and Melissa Pemberton and the Tinstix closing pass...

Dude.


Exxxaaaactly!



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4510
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Restoration...



BillyBlaylock
Registered: Aug 22, 2004
Total Posts: 69
Country: United States

Beautiful vision Jay. That really tells a story.

FlyingPhotog wrote:
Restoration...



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
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Country: United States

D810 test image shot this morning off the back deck with the new 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S, + 1.7TC, hand-held. The first is a full frame at 975mm equivalent focal length (DX mode, 4800x3200, cropped in-camera); the second is a 1:1 detail crop.

The good news is that the 80-400mm + 1.7TC focuses just fine at full zoom, wide open at f/9.5 (!). The image sharpness, contrast and detail are not bad, if not Beckman grade. OTOH, it gets me out the door for a lot less money and is a lot more compact as a travel kit than the 500mm or 600mm primes.



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4510
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Impressive Zim... Thought you bagged the 80-400 though?
...and what exactly is "Beckman Grade?"



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4510
Country: United States

I'm Batman...
NASA WB-57 arrives over OSH



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 16105
Country: United States

Ummm, that would be "Beckman Grade"!



Glenn Watson
Registered: Nov 13, 2007
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looks great Steve! you can practically read the L / R Mag label on the switch panel so i'd say its sharp enough!

Glenn



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 16105
Country: United States

A reason to keep your dues up with the alphabet associations:

http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/EAA-To-Fight-Hangar-Homebuilding-Policy222570-1.html

I have had a couple of meetings on this and other over reach issues, seems to be the order of the day. I've been assured that because I own my hangar, as long as I meet minimum standards (i.e., having an operational aircraft in the hangar) there's very little that they can do to mess with me.

Why am I not comfortable with governmental assurances? To the group who thought it was fine to ban sugary drinks, food that has flavor, oh, choosing your own healthcare, just a matter of time before these wizards with all the answers are goring your ox. The rest of the citizenry really appreciates your attention to these pressing matters, while Rome burns. Let's see, August, September, October........November!



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4510
Country: United States

The Federal Antiaviation Administration strikes again...

They're not happy until you're not happy.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 3373
Country: United States

FlyingPhotog wrote:
Impressive Zim... Thought you bagged the 80-400 though?
...and what exactly is "Beckman Grade?"


After that Skip-Melissa Tinstix cross-controlled pass image you laid on us yesterday, everyone knows what 'Beckman Grade' is...

You're right I did bag the earlier version of the 80-400. The newer version offers a big step up in IQ, and the VR is supposed to be better, too. I've had it for about 20 hours so far, and I think it's a keeper.

By the way, the new-ish 28-300 VR looks like a keeper, too, and is smaller and lighter than the 24-70 f/2.8; so I'm thinking it's the perfect 'one-lens' solution for my air-to-ground work. Ken Rockwell swears by it, if that means anything to anybody:

"The best do-everything lens to use on full-frame is Nikon's 28-300mm VR. As you can see at my review, it's just about as sharp as all of Nikon's previous reference lenses, and covers the enire range in a twist of the wrist. Sharpness doesn't matter if you miss a shot because you're changing lenses."


http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d810.htm#rex

I'll keep the 24-70mm f/2.8, of course, for when lens speed and IQ are paramount. But it doesn't have VR, and that's a big detriment in air-to-ground and A2A. My previous gold standard combo for aerial work was the D800 with 24-70 mounted on the Kenyon 4x4 gyro. But it's a lot of gear in a small cockpit, and totally unworkable when the door's not off the airplane. My new Pipistrel has sliding photo windows in both doors big enough to shoot through even with a FF camera. It's not ideal, but the ability to leave the door on and fly in comfort to the target area at 130 knots is a big plus.


Wrei
Registered: Aug 01, 2008
Total Posts: 2221
Country: United States

Jay, is that 927? In storage for 41 years until her first flight last year? Cool.

I liked the configuration with the J-60's under the wing. That configuration represented the two primary engines I worked on entering the USAF, TF-33 and J-60. I thought that was cool.



dtw757
Registered: Jan 05, 2009
Total Posts: 112
Country: United States

VX-9 F/A18F by stuart.mike, on Flickr]Rented a D810 and 80-400G to see what the hubub is all about; great big old buffer and 7fps with the grip.[/url]



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4510
Country: United States

Waddle First .. Soar Later
(It is 927, yes...)



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 16105
Country: United States

So you guys are pleased with the 80-400 performance? If it's as good as a good copy of the Canon 100-400, it would certainly be worth the investment.

Put the Upstrap on the D810 yesterday, so I'm getting close. Really Right Stuff has just released the adapter plate, with the right angle adapter to follow soon.

Zim, I haven't really followed it, but apparently there has been an ongoing conversation re: the D800 clunky mirror and slight unsharp condition due to vibration. I guess that's exactly what we chased around early in the game. Apparently they sought to address that in the D810. I keep thinking how odd it is that I have a new camera and haven't shot the first exposure with it, that's never happened before. I'll start shooting it next week.

Ronin is scheduled to arrive early next week. I can hardly wait to play with that. I think we can have some fun with it during Alliance. Last night I found a discussion led by DJI's head of marketing that twas very encouraging. Apparently he decided that they needed to step up support with the introduction of the Ronin, so he has put together an additional support staff for the professionals using their new product. The discussion also listed all the items that DJI is including with the Ronin, it's an impressive list of accessories. I think all I will need in addition to what's arriving is an extra battery or two. The batteries last four hours, and take an hour to charge. Different system than the Phantom, but similar.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
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Country: United States

Jay, what did you use to capture that head on perspective?



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 16105
Country: United States

Don't you wish that someone would plant some trees along the fence line of that dang truck plant to the east of the runway? How many wonderful shots have been rendered virtually worthless because of that eyesore?



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