Fly-ins and air shows are exciting. And fun to photograph. But they can wear you out from walking around as you take photos of all the airplanes on the ground and in the air. And it’s not just the walking that wears you out. It’s walking around with every lens and camera you own because you think you might need each one for that certain shot.
The first wheel turning in my head when I pencil in an air show on my calendar is what am I going to take for equipment. How much is too much? My goal is that while my car trunk might be full of gear, I only want to take two camera bodies and two lenses with me as I walk around. I don’t want to carry around too much weight in gear. And I don’t want to change lenses in whatmight be a windy and dusty environment that allows dust to contaminate my camera sensors.
While pretty standard to take a 24-70mm F2.8 and a 70-200mm F2.8 lens, I prefer to shoot more at the extremes if I’m feeling creative. I want to be different from every other photographer at the event. So as I started to think about equipment I would take to a small fly-in at Brodhead, Wisconsin, I decided on the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG and the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS Sport lenses. And since there was the chance to shoot an air to air mission with another aircraft, I also brought along the Sigma 70-200 f2.8. The 70-200mm focal range is pretty much the gold standard for an air to air lens.
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