Pushing the envelope with the Fuji X-T1

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Lightmancer, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I took my X-T1 to the Wings and Wheels event at Dunsfold Park this year. I used to do a lot of airshow photography back when I were a lad, but apart from a dabble last year, this is the first time I have seriously done so for a few years. Although I took the new 18-135, the vast majority of my shots were with the 55-200. I shot 1350 exposures, split over 3 SD cards. Using the battery grip (two batteries) I was surprised that it took just over 1000 shots to deplete the first battery. I was less surprised to find that once I had filled the two Sandisk Extreme Plus cards that I had which write at 80mb/s I really struggled when I had to switch to an older 30mb/s card. I was hitting the buffer time after time. I was incidentally shooting raw+jpg with the drive set to CL and firing bursts of 3 or 4 at a time (after that it is better to reframe, I find, rather than try and follow focus a fast jet any real distance...)

    Anyway, here are some results. There is a bit of mushyness in some, particularly, frustratingly, the Vulcan shots but for the most part the X-T1 put in a good performance. It's partly the user, anyway, for I tend to not use the highest shutter speeds, particularly with prop-driven aircraft, in order to get some sense of movement.. 300mm equivalent is a good focal length for this type of show, although I admit that some of these are crops to make the composition tighter. Anyway, here we are:

    Wings and Wheels Dunsfold August 2014 X-T1 Apache 5 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wings and Wheels Dunsfold August 2014 X-T1 Vulcan 5 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wings and Wheels Dunsfold August 2014 X-T1 Vulcan Gnats 2 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wings and Wheels Dunsfold August 2014 X-T1 Spitfire Mk IXB Mustang P51D 6 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wings and Wheels Dunsfold August 2014 X-T1 Stunt 2 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wings and Wheels Dunsfold August 2014 X-T1 Fokker Triplanes 1 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wings and Wheels Dunsfold August 2014 X-T1 Canberra Hunter 3 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wings and Wheels Dunsfold August 2014 X-T1 Lancasters 5 100% crop par Lightmancer, on ipernity
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  2. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    That's a great set, and useful information about 300mm equiv. being the optimum focal length for these events..

    Unfortunately, the year we went to Wings and Wheels, both the Red Arrows and the Vulcan were late cancellations, and they were the two main reasons we went.

    It looks like you picked a better year.

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  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Great shots - the second of the Vulcan shots is fantastic! :thumbup:
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  4. Pim

    Pim Regular

    Apr 21, 2012
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Some great shots here, looks like the Fuji and especially the 55-200 are quite up to the task. I especially like the last one of the Lancasters and of course, with me being Dutch, the Fokker Triplanes...
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Some great stuff. It obviously was good enough to get some fine shots. Only you know how the shooting experience, level of frustration (or lack of it), and how many potentially fine shots ended up missed. But the results that worked, worked well!

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  6. Stunning shots there!!!!!!!
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