Camcorder at airshows

  John-224862 16:01 17 Jun 2004

Can anyone advise if a digital camcorder is better than an analogue for filming fast airplanes, as I've had bad results with analogue, even though it had an image stabiliser.

  TomJerry 16:31 17 Jun 2004

it is only way to get steady pictures

  Stuartli 16:56 17 Jun 2004

You've obviously never been a serious photographer - how can you follow a fast moving object such as a jet fighter or other aircraft with a camcorder on a tripod?

There is, however, one design that has been used by still photographers, a chest support, that may help. Also possibly consider a monopod.

It would mean being able to follow a fast moving subject more easily than hand held and provide a more steady shot.

  Cook2 17:01 17 Jun 2004

Try leaning on something, with your elbows held close to your body, or wrap one arm around a post, or similar.

  TomJerry 18:45 17 Jun 2004

I do not know you can follow jet fighter.

What I said is a "decent" strong tripod with 360 degree freedom of movement. So you can stand still in a good position and move camcorder's angle to "follow" jet fighter.

You maybe able to follow JL or BS, but you cannot move around to follow a jet fighter.

  John-224862 19:17 17 Jun 2004

The problem is not tracking the aircraft, but that the camera goes out of focus. Will I have a worse problem with digital as it is slower.

  TomJerry 19:26 17 Jun 2004

some model have fast focus slow. You could try it out your self by swing it quickly. I use both, found no difference.

  cable-ties 19:27 17 Jun 2004

not an expert on camcorders but dont they pick up on nearest object when on auto-focus.could be something in foreground pulling the focus. i.e back of someones head,trees and may not have noticed it before so have a look at your film and look for things at bottom of picture.only cure for that is clear field of view or manual focus.

  siouxah1 19:47 17 Jun 2004

Have attempted to use camcorder, analogue and digital, to film model aircraft of varying speeds and sizes with some success.

The biggest problem is caused by trying to use too much zoom and the resulting camera shake.

I found I had most success when I used as little zoom as convenient and manual focus.

With manual focus I would not attempt to maintain focus by continuous use of control. I would use two focus levels. One set up to cover take off and landing and another for distant flying shots.

You might try a monopod if you have one but it can be quite limiting, mainly in elevation.

Some of the "Big Boys" use tripods but these seem to have very specialised heads.

The output has always been better using digital.

Regards Brian j

  Smiler 19:55 17 Jun 2004

As the aircraft are quite a distance from you why not set the focus to manual and set the focus to just short of infinity then the depth of field should bring most objects into focus and the camera will not be constantly hunting to focus on the aircraft.

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