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davidburleson
davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 72393 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 - 9:34 AM

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!

Last Modified By davidburleson at 8 Jun 2010 - 9:35 AM
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MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93505 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 - 9:52 AM

....watching this :

User_Removed
8 Jun 2010 - 12:33 PM

Sounds fine to me if you can get reasonably close to the cars.

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014842 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2010 - 12:35 PM

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

davidburleson
davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 72393 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 - 12:39 PM

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
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2010 - 12:39 PM


Quote: I am a bit of a Saxo lover

No comment! shocked-dark.jpg biggrin-dark.jpg

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.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 8 Jun 2010 - 12:40 PM
cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2010 - 12:39 PM

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

Last Modified By cameracat at 8 Jun 2010 - 12:42 PM Helpful Post! This post was flagged as helpful
davidburleson
davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 72393 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 - 12:41 PM


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

Yea standard kit. Not sure the exact lens.

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2010 - 12:42 PM

What camera are you using?

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

davidburleson
davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 72393 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 - 12:44 PM


Quote: What camera are you using?

Pentax *stD

cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2010 - 12:48 PM

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

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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2010 - 12:48 PM


Quote: Pentax *stD

Well I guess you need to look at this range of lenses then.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 8 Jun 2010 - 12:48 PM
StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014923 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2010 - 4:29 PM

Borrow Pete's 16-45, that should be good for static shots.

There are some articles on car photography here.

wasper
wasper e2 Member 8532 forum postswasper vcard Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2010 - 4:41 PM

I used my Nikon 18-200 VR for this shot
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User_Removed
8 Jun 2010 - 5:57 PM

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.

Last Modified By User_Removed at 8 Jun 2010 - 5:58 PM

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