A huge highlight of our summer was finally getting to go to the Joint Base Andrews Air Show on September 19th, 2015. I had been to the Andrews Air Show back in 2012, and thought it was fantastic. I couldn't wait to go the following year with the whole family, except 2012 was the year they went to every other year for this particular air show due to budget cuts. By the time 2014 finally rolled around, the sequester killed our DC area air show once again, and it took until 2015 to finally get another air show, and only for a single day. Thankfully the weather was perfect, and it was a picture perfect clear day. We went all-in and sprung for Flight Line Club passes for all of us so that we could enjoy the air show in style. Luxury trip. :-)
I rented a lens for the occasion, the brand spanking new Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens from lensrentals.com and was so impressed with the lens that I ended up buying one. I'd rented the old push-pull Mk I version of this lens on several occasions, but totally fell head over heels in love with the Mk II. I loved the new twist-zoom action, the lens is sharper and doesn't slow down as much at the long end anymore (faster T-stop), and the new active stabilization mode worked great! Combined with my Canon 7D Mark II, there wasn't a better air show setup to be had. Those 500 and 600mm super-telephoto primes are swell, but there's no way I was going to carry them all around, and what about when you need to zoom out for wider or closer photos? :) I did shoot my old Canon Rebel T2i with the EF-S 10-18mm ultra-wide on it for a few photos, and grabbed a few with the 50mm f/1.8 also, but the vast majority of photos were with the 100-400.
Hope you enjoy the pics! It was a great day, and we definitely look forward to going again for the 2017 show.