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Keedo
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Aug 10, 2016 17:54 |  #1

Good afternoon,

I will be heading to Road America soon and will have access to the corner stations / shooing points. I have never been on the track here so I am not sure what everyone prefers or suggests.

I will be shooting with a 70D and a 6D with my longest lens being a 70-200. Will I need to rent a longer lens for this track? I will be trying to get all areas covered over 4 days.


If you have any sets please post them!

Thank you,
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Aug 10, 2016 23:52 |  #2

Can you work with just a 70-200 at Road America, yes. However I'd strongly recommend more glass. Assume if you are in corner worker areas you can go wherever you want. There is a lot of good shooting from fan areas though as well.

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Aug 11, 2016 00:03 as a reply to dinanm3atl's post |  #3

I would love some suggestions on what glass I should rent. I have the 70-200 also a 2x TC, but I feel the quality just degrades too much for me.


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Aug 11, 2016 08:12 |  #4

If you're on a budget, I'd rent a 100-400L... otherwise go for something big and fast, 300 or 400 prime.

There are loads of places to shoot from. Watch where other photogs are going as a starting point, then just explore. Turn 5-6-7-8, Canada corner, carousel... and spectator areas too. Four days will be more than enough time to get around.


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Aug 13, 2016 14:44 |  #5

I agree with Midgeman, you may want to consider renting more focal length. The 70-200 and 16-35 will be useful but my visit to RA saw a lot of 400mm f/5.6 prime use.


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Aug 16, 2016 10:11 |  #6

midgeman wrote in post #18092554 (external link)
If you're on a budget, I'd rent a 100-400L... otherwise go for something big and fast, 300 or 400 prime.

There are loads of places to shoot from. Watch where other photogs are going as a starting point, then just explore. Turn 5-6-7-8, Canada corner, carousel... and spectator areas too. Four days will be more than enough time to get around.


I was looking at the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. If I can get my contact to help out with the rental I will pick up the prime.

Thank you!
Keith


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Oct 18, 2016 21:17 |  #7

I am getting to this late, but did you already go? I would definitely suggest skipping the 6D. The minimum I would shoot with is 300mm on full frame. I shoot there a few times a year as I live an hour away.

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Mar 15, 2017 15:08 |  #8

I know I'm late to this post, but maybe this can help for 2017.

I had media credentials in 2013 which made a huge difference!

Here's the post: http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1​418823

Although there are tons of places to shoot from, you have to remember that RA is a very long course at just over 4 miles and walking can really zap you. I rented a 400 f2.8 IS for the long shots, and used my 70-200 for closer turns and the paddock.

Basically we just followed the course for as long as we felt, and if you have any questions let me know.


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Mar 15, 2017 18:49 |  #9

AxxisPhoto wrote in post #18301814 (external link)
I know I'm late to this post, but maybe this can help for 2017.

I had media credentials in 2013 which made a huge difference!

Here's the post: http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1​418823

Although there are tons of places to shoot from, you have to remember that RA is a very long course at just over 4 miles and walking can really zap you. I rented a 400 f2.8 IS for the long shots, and used my 70-200 for closer turns and the paddock.

Basically we just followed the course for as long as we felt, and if you have any questions let me know.

How did you get credentials? Were you shooting for someone?


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Mar 16, 2017 11:35 as a reply to Myboostedgst's post |  #10

Yeah. I was shooting for a website called Motor Mavens, but he never used my shots. And the editor that I was working with quit. :cry:


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Mar 28, 2017 09:30 |  #11

I've always gotten my best shots at RA by the Corvette bridge, both the straight leading up to it and the turn right after where you can stand on the inside real close.


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