Get ready for some visual treat as EOS World council member Jensen Chua takes us in an astonishing tour to Asia’s largest aerospace and defence exhibitions – the Singapore Airshow.

The Singapore Airshow is Asia’s biggest biennial aerospace and defence exhibition. This mega event is a must-attend for aviation industry movers and shakers around the world, especially with the Asian aviation trade showing tremendous growth despite the current global economic slowdown.

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RSAF F15SG/AH64 Integrated Aerial Display
(composite photograph to achieve blurred helicopter rotor and sharp plane)

EOS 70D | F/5.0 | ISO 100 | 1/800s (plane), 1/500s (helicopter)

RSAF F15SG Strike Eagle jetfighter discharging flares
EOS 70D | F/4 | ISO 400 | 1/5000s

The aerial display highlights included the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) aerobatic team, the Black Eagles, which reprises their stunning aerial display with the Republic of Singapore Air Force performing an integrated aircraft-helicopter stunts with the F15SG and AH64 Apache Longbow. Other aircraft solo flights include the Royal Malaysian Air Force Sukhoi Su30MKM, Airbus A350XWB, French Air Force Dassault Rafale, US Air Force (USAF) F16C Fighting Falcon, USAF C17 Globemaster III and B52 Stratofortress.

RMAF Sukhoi Su30MKM
EOS 70D | F/5.0 | ISO 400 | 1/4000s

RMAF Sukhoi Su30MKM in afterburners
EOS 70D | F/4.5 | ISO 400 | 1/8000s

In the static display segment, visitors get to see for the very first time the USAF F22 Raptor stealth fighters, as well as an RSAF F16C in Black Knights livery. 

For aircraft enthusiasts and photographers alike, the airshow offers an excellent opportunity to put their skills and photographic equipment to use. Like in an F1 GP race, this is an event where a camera’s frame rate, auto focus tracking speed and accuracy, together with long telephoto lenses decide the outcome of the pictures.

USAF F16C Fighting Falcon
EOS 70D | F/5.6 | ISO 200 | 1/1600s

French Air Force Dassault Rafale
EOS 70D | F/5.6 | ISO 100 | 1/1250s

My equipment includes the EOS 70D and EF300mm f/4L IS USM, which I used for most of the close-up pictures.

For shots showing the ROKAF Black Eagles “Taeguk” (Ying Yang) formation in the skies, the USAF C17 Globemaster III’s expansive interior and the USAF F18 Super Hornet, I used the  EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM for its ultra-wide angle capability.

I also had the privilege to try out the spectacular EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x and EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM.

ROKAF Black Eagles
EOS 70D | ISO 100 | F/5.6 | 1/640s

The Taeguk, performed by the ROKAF Black Eagles
EOS 70D | F/5.6 | ISO 100 | 1/1000s

The airshow was also a situation where the APS-C 1.6x crop factor has the advantage of pulling in the subject nearer than with a full-frame camera. So my EF300mm lens would be equivalent to a 480mm lens. Together with the excellent tracking ability of the EOS 70D Dual Pixels CMOS sensor and Ai-Servo mode, I was pleased to achieve a keeper rate of slightly over 90% for my shots. And of course, the resolution prowess of Canon’s “L” lenses ensured crisp and sharp pictures despite occasional hazy or overcast weather condition.

Stunning aerobatics by the ROKAF Black Eagles
EOS 70D | F/5.6 | ISO 100 | 1/1600s

Airbus A350XWB
EOS 70D | F/5.6 | ISO100 | 1/1250s

I wished I had an EOS 7D Mark II at the airshow for its amazing auto focus tracking speed and 10 fps. But whatever the equipment, you have to constantly hone your skills so that when situation calls for it, you and your gear function as one intuitive unit to achieve the best results possible.

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The USAF B52 Stratofortress
EOS 70D | F/4.0 | ISO 400 | 1/4000s

USAF F22 Raptor
EOS 70D | F/5.0 | ISO 100 | 1/800s

RSAF  F16C Black Knights (static display)
EOS 70D | F/4 | ISO 100 | 1/800s

RSAF pilot and crew
EOS 70D | F/4.5 | ISO 100 | 1/1250s

RSAF F15SG Strike Eagle jetfighter tail fin
EOS 70D | F/4 | ISO 100 | 1/1000s

RSAF 15SG Strike Eagle jet exhaust.
EOS 70D | F/4 | ISO 640 |1/800s

RSAF F15SG Pilot Capt Nah Jin Ping
EOS 70D | F/4.5 | ISO 250 | 1/1250s

USAF C17 Globemaster III interior
EOS 70D | F/5.0 | ISO 1600

USAF F18 Super Hornet
EOS 70D | F/14 | ISO 100 | 1/80s

RSAF F16C Bk52+  Fighting Falcon
EOS 70D | F/4.0 | ISO 100 | 1/2500s