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I have just started photography again after a number of years.I am going to Silverstone next year and i will be at Copse grandstand.I have a Nikon D5100 with the 55-200mm.Does anyone know if this lens has enough reach or would a 55-300mm be better.I do not know how far away from the track the stand is.
Meanwhile until then i will be practising like mad.
All advice very much appreciated.
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Its distance that will be the major factor, as yet unknown, but I would go for a longer lens just in case.
I took this some years ago from trackside at Luffield with a 300mm lens. I'd say you will be further away at Copse.
As mentioned you might struggle with that set up at Copse, if you have weekend tickets then they will be roaming on Friday at Saturday, then you cn stop off at Luffield which is one of the best corners for photography. The exit to Stowe is also a good place, but you wont be sitting there. One issue you might have is the fencing that is around the track, if you are in one of the complexes you might find it too far away to focus out consistently.
Your budget will always be the limiting factor in choosing lenses, If you enjoy motorsport and intend to do a lot of it, I would suggest basing your choice around the Sigma 50-500. there are a lot of good reviews of this lens. The range allows you to shoot at 50mm at the inside of Druids at Brands , moving to 100ish mm down the hill and around 2-300 for many other parts of the circuit. Moving to Silverstone you will find 500mm mostly used with 2-300mm as "group shots of several dicing cars" Each circuit has different requirements and you will find on average 200mm generally gives side on shots of cars that need cropping, If you cant afford the Sigma new look for a used version or a Nikon 300mm f4 plus 1.4x convertor. If money is no object the Sigma 120-300f2.8 and 1.4x convertor is very good and the 200-400f4 Nikon with 1.4x convertor is superb, for motorsport, Zooms are very useful you can shoot head on at max zoom and then zoom in quickly to shoot a panned shot. This shot taken before the track alterations around 500mm
this taken at Croft around 300mm
Thanks for all the advice guys.I think i might settle for the nikon 55-300mm and hope for the best.The glass that you always need is way too expensive.
The race is not until next year so i will put my pennies away and hope.
If i can get photos that are half as good as above i will be well pleased.
you could always higher a good lens for the weekend .
Quote: You could always higher a good lens for the weekend .
Carrying the step ladder around is a bit if a bugger though.
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