It’s time to take a look at the best camera gear for aviation photography this year.
With the recently announced Tipa World Awards which look at the best cameras, lenses, softwre and other camera gear this year, as voted for by photography professionals and publications around the world.
A good time to buy new equipment
With most of us in lock down we’re probably all dreaming of getting back out there visiting airports, taking flights and being able to enjoy our hobby again.
It has given us time, however, to take stock of where we might want to upgrade or improve the kit we have.
This time also allows us to shop around for the best deals, making sure we’re ready to hit the ground running when the lockdown finally lifts.
Which cameras to use for aviation photography
For taking the best pictures of aircraft you need to choose a good quality digital SLR and a lens with a decent amount of zoom (at least 200mm, but ideally 300-500mm to give you the best options for any situation).
You’ll also need a shorter lens if you do any closeup photography of aircraft, such as at museums and around terminals and gates.
The two main photography brands – Canon and Nikon – dominate, and I’m sure you have a preference if you’ve been taking photos for a while. But in reality, both are good at what they do, and both feature in the Tipa awards this year.
The Best Cameras for Aviation Photography in 2020
So, which cameras did Tipa recommend this year as being the best?
Best DSLR Professional Camera: Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Best DSLR Expert Camera: Nikon D780
Best DSLR Advanced Camera: Canon EOS 90D
Best Full Frame Photo/Video Camera: Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Best DSLR Prime Lens: Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD
Best DSLR Professional Lens: Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E VR
Best Mirrorless Telephoto Zoom Lens: Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Best Mirrorless Standard Zoom Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art
If you’re serious about taking the best photographs of aircraft, then keeping on top of the latest equipment is important.
But these are just suggestions, and a whole range of equipment is released every year at different price ranges.
Remember to check reviews from various sources to assess whether it will be the right fit for your photography before committing to an expensive purchase.
And remember to leave your own suggestions and reviews in the comments below!