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1D MK 2 - What lens?

Ms ­ Yin ­ and ­ Mr ­ Yang
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Oct 04, 2010 15:00 |  #1

I am the in house photographer for a small racing team. Up to now I have been using a Sony H1 with a Sony teleconverter. Performs ok but it wasn't made for the high octane world of motor racing. So I decided to buy a 1DMK2 :-) What a camera!

Can anyone suggest what lens I should buy?
I am seriously looking at an EF 70-200mm f/4L USM.
1. Will the 200mm be enough?
2. Will I miss the IS?


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Oct 04, 2010 15:44 |  #2

More info needed.

Where are you shooting. What sort of Motorsport are you shooting etc etc.

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Ms ­ Yin ­ and ­ Mr ­ Yang
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Oct 04, 2010 15:56 as a reply to  @ GSH's post |  #3


I am shooting GT3, Touring cars, VW Fun Cup and Petite Le Mans.

I'll be trackside and shooting the cars.

I use my a590IS for the "people/pits shots."


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Oct 04, 2010 16:45 |  #4

100-400 IS L maybe? if not then the 70-200 f/4 IS might be a good option.

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Oct 04, 2010 20:00 |  #5

as for me, still a newbie though, but i suggest a 70-200 and a 300 2.8 with 16-35 on the side..hehe

17-40 f4
28-70 2.8
70-200 2.8

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Oct 05, 2010 06:03 |  #6

For motorsport, no one lens is going to do everything you want to do.

My selection of lenses for motorsport (and anything I shoot) is...

Canon 70-200/2.8 non IS
Canon 300/2.8 non IS
Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6
Canon 20-35/3.5-4.5
Canon 10-22/3.5-4.5
Sigma 10/2.8 fisheye
Canon 1.4x & 2x extenders

All of them get used at virtually every race meeting and this weekend at Bathurst 1000, they will all get an airing at some stage.

I have also used the following...

Canon 200/1.8 non IS
Canon 500/4.5 non IS
Canon 600/4
Canon 800/5.6

It just depends on what you are trying to achieve

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Oct 05, 2010 15:02 |  #7

for circuit racing in the UK, on a x1.3 crop body, I'd say 200mm was too short. On a x1.6 crop body I'd say that up to 300mm was just about right for most places except Silverstone. If you had just to have a single lens, then something like a Sigma 100-300 f4 or Sigma 120-300 f2.8 or the Canon 100-400L would be better, and the two Sigma options respond well to a teleconverter.

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Oct 05, 2010 17:30 |  #8

At most race circuits (except Silverstone) in the UK you could work all day with at just about every trackside spot with a 300mm on the MKII (done it). I would suggest the 100-400 but be prepared to crank up the ISO as the light fades. Also, for similar money, the 300 F4 is a good sharp lens.

With current exchange rates and Canon price hikes, if you are looking for ROI then I reckon most of us would have to work until we are at least 120 :cry:

I'll be at Oulton for the "Fun" Cup and my lenses for the day are the 300 for 90% of trackside, 70-200 for starts and 24-70 in the pit lane for driver changes.

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Oct 06, 2010 09:21 as a reply to  @ KennyG's post |  #9

If this is all you are going to shoot, then go for the 300 or 100-400. If you are limited by funds, and want a kit that will work for general photography, then buy a 70-200 non IS and a teleconverter and a 50mm f1.8. Just my humble opinion.

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