All of the bloggers on UPGRD.com take a lot of photos. Some more successfully than others. 😉
Getting good first class and business class cabin photos is tough due to the tight space and proximity of other passengers and crew. Typically aviation photographers choose a wide angle lens, often a fisheye lens. I dislike the look of fisheye photos as they are very distorted. I want to feel like I’m sitting in the in the seat shown and not at some mirror fun house at a carnival. So, early last year, I spent a good deal of time looking for a wide angle non-fish eye lens that was relatively inexpensive.
I settled on the Sigma 10-20mm lens. After almost 18 months with the lens, I’m very happy with it. Interestingly, I just found out recently, Daniel also bought the same lens. I think that speaks well to the price and performance of this lens. There may be some short comings in barrel distortion at the corners, but I’m not creating full frame artwork. Any blurriness in these photos is almost always due to me resizing and compressing them for the web.
I was leaning over the seat in front, just two feet from these seats.
This Concorde cabin is waaaaay tinier in real life, the lens makes it look bigger.
The lens helps capture the entire arch at the Turkish Business Class Lounge
Standing at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Daniel’s pic of Cathay Pacific First Class
The lens is priced around $480 making it affordable compared to other lens which can reach to thousands of dollars. Next on my list is looking for micro four thirds camera and wide angle lens so I can carry a smaller camera. Do you have any suggestions?