Since this is in "The Season" (boo to you), I thought to post these great fuzzy spooky great (to me) shots of Coaster in Playland(PNE), during my Fright Night visit, a year ago (Oct.24th, actually). And I am sure that all that "fog" that Playland was piping into the park, and spilling out, was making "the look" of Coaster even better!
I didn't realize it at the time, but when I got on the West Coast Wheel, I saw that all the playing fields behind Coaster, all had their overhead night lights on. And, it was making Coaster look really REALLY COOL! And after I watched one coaster train careen through the track, I immediately had to take pix of it all!
I am hoping the lights will be on again, when I go back on the 17th. And if they aren't on... oh well, I got some great shots last year's visit!
^ Thanks! Unfortunately, the circumstances were not what they were, like last year. Same number of the lights were on, behind Coaster. But the "fog" that originated in the park, was really REALLY not there, and "not that much," compared to how it spewed out last year.
This is the Only Photo I took, of Coaster from the Wheel.
I think "fog" would have made a big difference in this shot. Just sayin'. Oct.17,2018.
I'm picking a new lens out - specifically for theme park stuff, any photography people have preference between a XX-200 vs XX-300 zoom lens? I want to think that having that extra reach is important with the 300mm zoom when snapping stuff like far away moving roller coasters, but I'm fearful of camera shake and loss of image quality above 200mm.
I have used a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for years and it’s fantastic for park photography. I often will find myself using a 1.4x converter at times to give me ~280mm when needed.
What exactly are your lens options? Because I’d take a better quality XX-200mm lens and crop over a poorer quality XX-300mm lens. Put priority into the quality of the lens itself.
Typically, the larger the zoom range, you sacrifice image quality somewhere. Not always significant anymore though, newer high end lenses from Canon/Nikon perform great on both ends of the range.
If you are taking pictures of moving coasters, typically your shutter speed is high enough anyway that camera shake is non-issue. IS still helps of course, but is not really required unless shooting at lower shutter speeds.
There are so many lens options though, which specifically are you looking at? In terms of 200mm vs 300mm though, a XX-300mm is a more useful park range. But again, I’d pick quality over zoom range.
I ended up grabbing the newer Nikon AF-P 70-300mm (lightly pre-owned). In the past 3-4 weeks I have found the over-200 range useful a few times and the autofocus is lightning-fast on that thing. Unfortunately manual focus is tougher for me because I physically can't see the fine changes in focus through the viewfinder. Shake is tough way out at that range though. After a big trip in a few months (where I need to travel light), my next investment will be a tripod.
Most of the time though, I've been using the 18-55 kit lens as a daily driver.
Image above was with the 70-300 at 98. Nowhere near the end of the range but that quality has been consistent for pretty much 95% of the range, so I'm satisfied as a hobbyist.
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