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Panning question for motor sports (Nikon/Canon).

 
oldnslow
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May 25, 2016 17:15 |  #1

Let me say this upfront that i shoot Nikon BUT considering a switch. I had used a 1d3 and a 70-200 isII in mode 2 while panning, for a weekend and noticed that i could use a lot less shutter speed (therefore more blur) than my Nikon 70-200. So my question is has anyone used both brands and noticed this, or did i just get lucky with the Canon?

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May 30, 2016 14:52 |  #2

Mode 2 is designed specifically panning and so turns off the stabilization on the panning axis, that being horizontal (hopefully) for most auto races. What specific Nikon lens were you using and what if anything does it have that is comparable to Canon's mode 2?

If you were using the 70-200 f2.8 of Nikon they that VR yields an improvement equivalent of a shutter speed of approx. three (with VR) or four (with VRII) stops faster are confirmed. Canon states 4 stops with IS.

As an aside, many years ago before attending my first Formula 1 at Watkins Glen, a pro told me to go stand on a street corner and take pictures of cars and trucks using panning. This was the days well before image stablization. But with not too much practice the technique became very easy to master prior to race time.




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Aug 30, 2016 18:53 |  #3

Would you normally have IS on or off for panning? My Tamron has VC (IS equivalent), but no various modes. Not sure if I should turn off or leave on.


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Aug 31, 2016 02:33 |  #4

Cormac wrote in post #18111848 (external link)
Would you normally have IS on or off for panning? My Tamron has VC (IS equivalent), but no various modes. Not sure if I should turn off or leave on.

Personally I would turn IS off. The panning action will negate any vertical movement of the lens.


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Aug 31, 2016 05:18 |  #5

john crossley wrote in post #18112214 (external link)
Personally I would turn IS off. The panning action will negate any vertical movement of the lens.

Ill try with it off. Thanks


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Aug 31, 2016 09:38 |  #6

John from PA wrote in post #18023923 (external link)
As an aside, many years ago before attending my first Formula 1 at Watkins Glen, a pro told me to go stand on a street corner and take pictures of cars and trucks using panning. This was the days well before image stablization. But with not too much practice the technique became very easy to master prior to race time.

That's generally good advice. What the OP should be practicing is to keep a focus point on one specific part of the moving car.
Problem with standing on a corner is that you'll probably get something like this because you're so close:
http://photography-on-the.net ...showthread.php?p=17​855496

If you can get farther away, things get easier like the first two 1/15 sec. shots (note: I don't have IS.): US-27 Tour 2016

Generally, races are easier that traffic because the cars will be moving at about the same speed at a particular place on the course.
More here: First shoot with moving cars need advice.


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