MMMX - Dec 2019

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Made a quick weekend trip to MEX to see Emirates' first passenger flight to Mexico. That ended up being a total bust as the plane was backlit and taxied in a way that the properly lit shots were heat hazed. I hope they enjoyed the victory lap past the Aeromexico hangars, had they not done that, they would have taxied right past me. Oh well.

First trip to MEX with the 6D Mark II I picked up on my last trip to the States, I gotta say I'm impressed at how it performs in low light, and the wide angle gains are perfect for the Skyline Coffee.

ImageCargolux Boeing 747-400F LX-WCV MMMX 07DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

Monday's consolation prize. Cargolux with the Iztaccíhuatl volcano in the background, that's the 3rd highest mountain in Mexico. Unfortunately the air quality was bad enough that the Popocatépetl (2nd tallest) wasn't visible this time, which would have been cool, as it puffed ashes throughout the weekend.
ImageCargolux Boeing 747-400F MMMX 09DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

This particular angle isn't possible with a 100mm/crop combo unless the plane is a 170, the 73G and A319 are borderline, and the other ones are either cut off or almost impossible to crop.
ImageAeromexico Boeing 737-800 XA-AMO MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr


ImageVolaris Airbus A320-200 N517VL MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

ImageInterjet Airbus A320-200 XA-ING MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

ImageUnited Airlines Boeing 737-700 N23721 MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

ImageAeromexico Boeing 737-700 N997AM MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

ImageDelta Air Lines Boeing 757-200 N685DA MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

One of only 2 NEO that got the old livery.
ImageVolaris Airbus A320-200N N528VL MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

ImageAeromexico Connect Embraer 190 XA-CAC MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

ImageInterjet Airbus A320-200 XA-VIO MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

ImageVivaAerobus Airbus A320-200N XA-VIH MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

ImageAmerican Airlines Airbus A320-200 N655AW MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

ImageAeromexico Connect Embraer 190 XA-ALZ MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

This shot was also impossible with the 100/crop combo.
ImageLATAM Airlines Boeing 767-300 CC-BDA MMMX 08DEC19 by Felipe G, on Flickr

(Reference shot at 100mm/crop, taken exactly a year prior) Image

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Awesome shot of the Cargolux! I've been having a bit of an issue with lens/body selection ever since I switched to Nikon. Used to have the Canon 100-400 IS II with a 1.3x crop 1D Mark IV, but now my crop body is 1.5x and my long telephoto zoom is the 200-500mm (I've read multiple reports that it's sharper than the more expensive 80-400mm). But the 120mm loss at the wide end has resulted in some missed side shots, as planes get close. I suppose I could switch over to my full frame and 70-200mm, but that wouldn't be a seamless process. I could also mount the 200-500mm to my full frame, but I'd prefer not to take a ton of 60MB RAW files for aviation, and the high resolution would outperform the lens.
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Cary wrote:Awesome shot of the Cargolux! I've been having a bit of an issue with lens/body selection ever since I switched to Nikon. Used to have the Canon 100-400 IS II with a 1.3x crop 1D Mark IV, but now my crop body is 1.5x and my long telephoto zoom is the 200-500mm (I've read multiple reports that it's sharper than the more expensive 80-400mm). But the 120mm loss at the wide end has resulted in some missed side shots, as planes get close. I suppose I could switch over to my full frame and 70-200mm, but that wouldn't be a seamless process. I could also mount the 200-500mm to my full frame, but I'd prefer not to take a ton of 60MB RAW files for aviation, and the high resolution would outperform the lens.

60MB? Did you get a D850? I'm guessing your crop body is a D500

I've heard great things about the 200-500, IIRC, that's what Daniel Dominguez has been using for his A2A/A2G shoots in LA and Seattle. Some of those lenses seem to be very airport-specific, a 200-500 would be perfect in Phoenix but a 70-200 would be required to complement it unless you wanted to shoot only the runways. 70-200/FF + 200-500/APS-C would be ideal, and the missing 120mm could be made up with cropping. I don't see how a 200-500 would be useful shooting from the road at PHL, in Mexico City, south side of LAS, or some parts of LA. Sounds ideal for Imperial Hill, DVT runways and PHX takeoffs from 44th St.

My next purchase will likely be the 100-400L II or the 70-300L, mainly due to the IS and sharpness improvements over the trombone, now that I'm well covered in the high ISO range. Or depending on how the rumored A7S3 performs, might add some Sony to my kit.
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felipegcmh wrote:
Cary wrote:Awesome shot of the Cargolux! I've been having a bit of an issue with lens/body selection ever since I switched to Nikon. Used to have the Canon 100-400 IS II with a 1.3x crop 1D Mark IV, but now my crop body is 1.5x and my long telephoto zoom is the 200-500mm (I've read multiple reports that it's sharper than the more expensive 80-400mm). But the 120mm loss at the wide end has resulted in some missed side shots, as planes get close. I suppose I could switch over to my full frame and 70-200mm, but that wouldn't be a seamless process. I could also mount the 200-500mm to my full frame, but I'd prefer not to take a ton of 60MB RAW files for aviation, and the high resolution would outperform the lens.

60MB? Did you get a D850? I'm guessing your crop body is a D500

I've heard great things about the 200-500, IIRC, that's what Daniel Dominguez has been using for his A2A/A2G shoots in LA and Seattle. Some of those lenses seem to be very airport-specific, a 200-500 would be perfect in Phoenix but a 70-200 would be required to complement it unless you wanted to shoot only the runways. 70-200/FF + 200-500/APS-C would be ideal, and the missing 120mm could be made up with cropping. I don't see how a 200-500 would be useful shooting from the road at PHL, in Mexico City, south side of LAS, or some parts of LA. Sounds ideal for Imperial Hill, DVT runways and PHX takeoffs from 44th St.

My next purchase will likely be the 100-400L II or the 70-300L, mainly due to the IS and sharpness improvements over the trombone, now that I'm well covered in the high ISO range. Or depending on how the rumored A7S3 performs, might add some Sony to my kit.
Darn, wish I knew you were in the market for the 100-400 IS II, as I just sold mine. Went to a good home, though (fellow JFK spotter) :) Still have to sell my 70-200 2.8 IS II, brand new 16-35 2.8 III, 24-70 2.8 II, and a couple of flashes. Yes, I have the D500 and D850 now. The 200-500mm is giving me trouble at 400-500mm, and I'm not sure if I'm dealing with environmental issues (heat distortion, etc.) or a bad lens. I bought a second copy, since I know it can be sharp at 500mm (friend sent me 100% images at 500mm). I've also heard there are lots of bad copies floating around. I use the 200-500mm at PHL just for small bizjets landing 35 or narrowbodies taking off.
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