F/A 18 Hornet

A21-57 @ the 2008 Defence Force Air Show, RAAF Base Amberley, Qld, Australia.

Manual focus on this one as I had the 1.4x TC on the 100-400L and thus you lose autofocus on anything less than a 1 series body.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 5th October 2008, This photo: 2:05pm

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  • Xenedis said:
    Nicely caught. By the time the F/A-18s came out, I was spent. Way too much sun, and I was tired. I was happy at that point just to watch them. :-)
    I did get some pleasing images of the F-111 fuel dump 'n' burn; will post those at a later date.
  • David de Groot said:
    Despite being worried about the 400d's AF, it actually performed quite well and I have more keepers than I thought I'd get (still a lot to throw away though). However, rather disturbingly, I've discovered that if you fill the 4Gb CF card, the last 20 images or so suffer from random banding. I'm guessing the card is dying :(
  • Xenedis said:
    I suspect I got more keepers than I'd have expected. Just couldn't chimp in that harsh, horrid light.
    That's bad news about the card; hopefully the images on it weren't the more desirable images, or were images of a plane you'd already captured previously.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    I can almost see the colour of the pilot's eyes :o)
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Top shot Dave, MF, well done!
  • teejaybee said:
    What brand cards are you using?
  • MichelleLegg.com said:
    Brilliant work with the manual focusing on that lens with a moving object!! Wow!!! And what a beautiful blue sky.
  • David de Groot said:
    Just roulettes shots, and not all of them either.
    Neat eh ? :)
    We'd moved back to about the level of the control tower by then, so had a bit more distance, which helped.
    Sandisk Extreme IIIs, which have been extremely reliable until now. My old 2Gb one has no issues at all.
    Thanks Michelle :) Alas the beautiful blue sky held a huge ball of flaming death that ended our day early.
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    I was chatting to the guy at DD David and he claims you toss em after 12 months or so...if in constant use.
  • David de Groot said:
    Hmmm, interesting. I'll have to keep that in mind. At the moment though, as long as I don't fill it, it's fine. I've got a pair of 8Gb cards on order from the US anyway.
    As for the show, I didn't see anyone I knew (except Johnno and Rob, and only because they came with me).
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Craig organised himself a Media Pass. Emailed them and said he hosted a Flickr site and they sent him his pass - Easy! He spent the 2 days over the fence with no one in front of him.
    Bought my 8G card from DD for about $110 I think...or my son did for me for Fathers day.
    Oh, If you are a member of Shutterstock they have a service called Red Carpet. Let them know in advance and they organise a media pass for you.
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh bugger. I tried to get media passes through their website and called many times (rang out each time), I was not a happy bunny in that respect.
    If all goes to plan, I'll be getting two Sandisk Extreme III 8Gb cards for $16.95 (US) each. :) (Rebates in the US and I know people over there).