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Thunderbirds: Travis Air Expo (12 pics)
Lens: Pentax SMC DAL 50-200 Camera: Pentax K-x Photo Location: Travis Air Force Base, California 
Posted By: photoleet, 08-05-2011, 05:42 PM

I wish I had a longer 300mm lens. Had to crop all of these. C&C welcome
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08-05-2011, 05:43 PM   #2
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some really super shots here... especially the close ups... been a fan since the early days of these patriotic birds.... dave m
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I love airshows, much of the reason I got a 150-500. Even the 55-300 was a bit short.

Look like you are due for a sensor dust cleaning. Blue sky really shows the blobs.
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Look like you are due for a sensor dust cleaning. Blue sky really shows the blobs.
hmm...I just got this refurbed from Pentax. Thought they would have cleaned the sensor.

EDIT: I went ahead and did in the in camera sensor clean function and checked in camera dust alert where it shows you a white image with black dots for dust and its completely clean now.

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Really nice set with some great shots. I do think that people in general often crop too close with photos of aircraft though, sometimes it's good to give them a little more space

You can go into the menu and make the sensor self clean every time you turn the camera on. That's the setting I use and haven't had any dust issues (maybe just use a jet blower once every 3-4 months).
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Love airshows - great shots , you managed to get almost all the formations - a job well done.
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Wonderful images! You caught some amazing actions there. Thanks for sharing a great time!
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Great series! well done

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Nice shots! I used my 55-300 at Avalon airshow and it was easily long enough - but it would depend on the airfield and the kind of shots you're trying for. I found that a lot of the time I had to zoom out, which was frustrating. Anything longer would make a fast aircraft harder to frame, harder to get sharp and hard to hold. Trying to track planes in a crowd of people would be hard with a tripod. I took mine, but I didn't end up using it, and regretted lugging it around!
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Sensational....Are The Thunderbirds the official USAF Aerobatics Team?
Cheers, Pickles.
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Sensational....Are The Thunderbirds the official USAF Aerobatics Team?
Thank you and yes they are.

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