Royal Air Force Museum Hendon ~ 6th November 2012

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I was intending going to Duxford but there were delays and cancellations on the Greater Anglia Cambridge to London train line, overhead power cables apparently. I was all dressed up with camera batteries fully charged and no where to go so decided to get the train from Huntingdon to London on the East Coast Mainline and a trip to Hendon. I was going to go the week before but being half term I thought against it. Apart from a couple of school parties, the museum was virtually deserted and more or less had the place to myself.

There were a few changes in the Grahame-White Factory since my last visit. The RAF Be.2 was last seen in the Bomber Command Hall but now looked more at home with the rest of the biplanes. Room had been made for new arrivals in the shape of an Albatros D.Va and RE.8 Replicas that had been bought from TVAL in New Zealand and which had a very brief flying career during the Summer at Old Warden. The Albatros was still in bits, having recently arrived from Bedfordshire and the RE.8 was on its way.

The third aircraft that the RAFM had bough from TVAL was the all silver Sopwith Snipe and that was fully erected and on display in the Milestones of Flight hall sitting underneath the all black Typhoon. The black and red Miles M12 Mohawk was no where to be seen but the plastic full size model of a JSF F-35 was sitting in it's place. Why a full size model of an aircraft that isn't in Squadron service is on display in place of real aeroplanes defies logic.


Sony NEX-5N Compact Camera System & Sony 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens

I was using manual settings so I could keep a depth of depth of field, basically in focus from front to back, and set the ISO mostly at 400. Up to ISO1600 there is non to very little noise on images which is very impressive. The best way to use the camera I have found is mounted on a monopod and with the camera strap around my neck and tensioned produces a pretty stable shooting platform and I was getting some very low exposure times that you can usually only get when using a tripod.

With a visit to RAFM Cosford coming up, I decided to use my trip to Hendon to really put my Sony NEX-5N Compact Camera System through its paces and see if it lived up to the reviews I'd read about picture quality at high ISO numbers. Basically the higher the ISO the more light can be captured by the sensor in the darkest of situations without using a flash. The penalty is that the higher the ISO the more digital noise or grain appears on the image.