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Good Lenses for Car Photography


8 Jun 2010 9:34AM
Hi Everyone,

This weekend on Sunday is the French Car Show in Corby. If weather is good I think i will be going as I am a bit of a Saxo lover. But, I also want to bring along my SLR to try my hand at taking some good shots of these modified cars.

Any recommendations on good lenses to use when taking photos of Cars (some parked up and others racing on a track)? At the moment, I have a standard 18-55mm.

Thanks!

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MikeRC e2
9 3.5k United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 9:52AM
....watching this :
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
8 Jun 2010 12:33PM
Sounds fine to me if you can get reasonably close to the cars.
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
8 Jun 2010 12:35PM
I use

17-40
24-105
70-200

so no use at all for you there David!

Smile

I'd go wide if you're in a cramped area
8 Jun 2010 12:39PM
Thanks for the feedback guys, so perhaps a wide-angle would be go for close up shots of the cars that are stationary, what would you recommend for the track cars?
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Jun 2010 12:39PM

Quote:I am a bit of a Saxo lover


No comment! shocked-dark.jpg

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But if you see any Facel Vegas, be sure to take some pics. Smile


Quote:Any recommendations on good lenses to use when taking photos of Cars (some parked up and others racing on a track)?


The 18-55 may be OK for the parked cars, but for photos of cars on the track you will need something much longer.
cameracat e2
11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
8 Jun 2010 12:39PM
18-55mm is probably ideal for the job......Smile

Though when you say standard Are we talking a kit provided lens....?

If so getting your mitts on something a little classy for the day, Might be a great idea, Perhaps something with a wide aperture say f/2.8 for those arty images.

So if your a Canon man perhaps the 17-40 f/4, or 16-35 f/2.8.

For the Nikon man and a crop sensor the 17-55 f/2.8 for the FX sensor the 24-70 f2.8.

That said if you take your time use it wide open, Your standard 18-55mm should cover most eventualities.

Just seen this bit////Smile
Quote:what would you recommend for the track cars


As mentioned by Ade, 70-200mm or 70-300mm, Its hard to sy without knowing the distances involved, If your not sure a 70-300mm has most things covered, Without going stupid expensive.....Smile
8 Jun 2010 12:41PM

Quote:Though when you say standard Are we talking a kit provided lens....?


Yea standard kit. Not sure the exact lens.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Jun 2010 12:42PM
What camera are you using?

It's no good us giving Canon/Nikon recommendations if (e.g.) you are using a Pentax.
8 Jun 2010 12:44PM

Quote:What camera are you using?


Pentax *stD
cameracat e2
11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
8 Jun 2010 12:48PM
If you can get some low angle shots, they can look quite dramatic.

See what my other half has done, Using my get this classic Sierra for some test shots.....Smile

The old repmobile never looked so good.....Grin



Quote:It's no good us giving Canon/Nikon recommendations if (e.g.) you are using a Pentax


Makes no odds to the focal ranges/apertures, Just substitute " Pentax " for Canon or Nikon find the closest equivelant.....Smile

Job Done.....Wink
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Jun 2010 12:48PM

Quote:Pentax *stD


Well I guess you need to look at this range of lenses then.
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
8 Jun 2010 4:29PM
Borrow Pete's 16-45, that should be good for static shots.

There are some articles on car photography here.
wasper e2
8 532 1 Ireland
8 Jun 2010 4:41PM
I used my Nikon 18-200 VR for this shot
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User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
8 Jun 2010 5:57PM
Most of mine are taken using the Nikkor 18-70mm or the Tokina 12-24mm.

For track stuff, longer focal lengths are the main tools.

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