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    Antarctica flight

    My partner and I are booked on a flight to Antarctica shortly.

    I plan on taking my D750, 20mm/1.8, 28mm/1.8, 50mm, 70-200 f/4. I'll throw my Passport colour checker in but it might be a bit much to ask them for a calibration shot through the window!

    I don't normally ask these types of questions, preferring to work things out for myself, but has anyone been on one of these flights and if so any tips?

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    Haven't been on an Antarctic flight, but across part of Greenland and N Canada. You'll be in a normal jetliner, I presume.
    I'd take a lens that'll do wide to moderate telephoto - and 18-200 drifts to mind. Scenery should be pretty bright, so minimum
    f-stop shouldn't matter; f/4 should be quite OK. You won't have much time to change lenses, and the (at least double and possibly
    optically compromised) window view - will you have to share this with others? - won't do favours to your best lenses.

    But it sounds interesting, and I'll look 4-wd to the pics you get.

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    before you start taking photos, go out and clean the window
    cc and enjoy

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    I should have clarified - it's a Qantas Antarctica flight. They use specially modified 747's with larger windows. My partner and I have both seats so no issues with access to the window. Also plenty of time flying over the continent so changing lenses shouldn't be an issue.

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    before you start taking photos, go out and clean the window
    Actually I think my biggest concern is that the window will be marked or scratched!!

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    Don't they normally rotate passengers around regularly during the flight? When I looked into it a few years ago, this was one thing that put me off. The other was lectures by people to keep you entertained. I think I'd rather read a book or watch a video. A small amount of lectures, OK, but not hours and hours of them.

    Enjoy your flight, and I hope there are plenty of photos for us when your return.

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    I did this flight a couple of years ago.

    You do change seats through the flight but a) if you have a window seat between the two of you for half then it helps and b) even when you don't have a window seat people are happy to share the time.

    You won't need to wide a lens as you will be a long way up. a telephoto is a benefit and maybe even an extender depending on the length you have.

    There are some lectures / information genreally provided by someone who has spent time in the camps on the peninsula but they take up a very small amount of time. I went New Years Eve so there was a party atmosphere with a band and lots of fun to be had.

    Any scratches on the window don't show up in any images unless they are major. Take or utilise a blanket or covering as there are some wonderful opportunities for sunrise / moonrise / star shots if you can eliminate the light leakage from the cabin that flairs on the windows.

    Have agreat time and don't expect to get much sleep during the journey.

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    Couldn't think of anything worse to spend so long cramped in a plane only to land where you took off from I would love to visit Antarctica though and I hope you have an enjoyable experience

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