8am Thursday morning while browsing the internet I came upon the Daily Records web site and a picture of a plane. The Emirates A380 was arriving at Glasgow Airport today.
Costing £241 million, the double decker Airbus A380 was making its maiden journey to Glasgow as Emirates Airline celebrated their ten year connection with the airport.
An airport bus arrived to take us to a fantastic vantage point, the bus was full of media from television to snappers.
The beast came right over our heads and it was later I discovered the big red Emirates sticker on the belly of the plane.
This was a great chance to finally put my Panasonic PX270 to the test, recording at 1280 x 720 50p 10bit 422 50Mbps this was as good if not better as any of the professionally used camcorders around me.
We had a birds eye view and the 22x lens coped very well indeed, out of a full days filming the lens went out of focus once…top marks for Panasonic engineers.
NOTE : As with most professionals I don’t usually use AF but when you are testing a camera you have to let the rains out, if the camera had “hunted” too often AF would have been disengaged but to give Panasonic credit this AF is as good as it gets in my opinion.
Picture above supplied by my friend Stewart McKenzie…fantastic
My good buddy Allen was also filming the plane with his new Sony NX3, one of Allen’s passions is aeroplanes, there is nothing he does not know about aeroplanes, once again soothing times like this take his mind off his sore foot.
The BBC were covering this event with a live feed back to the studio from what looked like a LiveU streaming box in a bag.
Everyone has an LCD screen to watch films and the beautiful young air hostesses make the journey a bit more bearable.
First class the only way to travel, this was a plane and a half, the airport staff were brilliant and the security was spot on.
The Panasonic PX270 was brilliant with a viewfinder to die for this was an easy job and a lot less weight than a conventional shoulder mount.
STV reporter Karen Greenshield’s an old friend from my freelancing days at STV.
My thanks to my son Scott for taking all these pictures and helping me in general…it was a great news story and a fantastic insert for my Panasonic PX270 review…coming soon. My thanks also to William Henshaw of the Rutherglen Reformer for getting us this gig.