Third and probably final visit of the year to Hendon, unless something interesting turns up on display, and there have been a few tweaks and changes to the exhibits since my last visit in September. The PioneerCC1 and Provost T1, that were part of the Royal Air Force of Oman display, are no longer resident in the Milestones of Flight Hall. In the Bomber Hall, the Halifax II now has electric light illuminating the interior of the fuselage but you can only see in through the rear gun turret. Also in the Bomber Hall there is a very large canvas nailed to the wall with a photograph of the BBMF Spitfire IIa and Hurricane IIc. Looks a bit pixelated until you get up close and its made out of thousands of individual photographs. The seating area of the Wessex Cafe, in the Historic Hangars, has been extended and to make room for it the Spitfire FR24 has been moved in to the spot previously occupied by Spitfire Vb which has moved next to Spitfire XVI which is being used for the 'Sit in a Spitfire Experience'. The Sycamore HR14 helicopter, with its bright red/orange day-glo fuselage, is a bit more accessible now to photograph.
The 5-axis image stabilisation system of the A7rII had a good work out to see how low a shutter speed I could achieve hand holding (with the help of a shoulder brace). I started of with a high-ish shutter speed and ISO, 1/10second/ISO2000, but by the end I was down to 1/2second which seems to be about the limit for hand held and ISO800 although I did need to raise the ISO to 1000 for the Battle of Britain Hall.
Equipment Used: Sony ILCE-A7rII + Sony FE16-35mm f4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T* Lens. Uncompressed RAW, manual settings.