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Which lens to rent for Boat competition

 
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Mar 18, 2013 08:41 |  #16

jimmyt wrote in post #15725753 (external link)
Thank a lot for this sample, you are right, because I am beginning, last year is my first time to use my DSLR.
do you think 100-400l will give me distance and better picture?

it will certainly get you closer and sharper but all the longer telephoto zooms are bigger and heavier and require a different shooting technique than the 55-250IS. Rent one with time to practice and remember to keep the shutter speed up for fast moving subjects




  
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Mar 18, 2013 10:53 |  #17

Thanks
I will use my tripod or Mogopod for 100-400L if i rent it.


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Mar 18, 2013 15:01 |  #18

Heres an example of what the 100-400 produces. Its a shot from the 2009 Round-The-Island race in the UK.


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Mar 18, 2013 18:53 |  #19

Wow this is very Beautiful Picture, what is your setting?
is this picture you take in morning sun or before sun set?


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Mar 19, 2013 04:55 |  #20

jimmyt,

Thanks. I see I used ISO320 with f/14 and 1/1600. It was 1250 local time, so shortly after midday.

I was supposed to be involved in crewing and the owner of the boat was very unhappy that I was taking pictures!


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Mar 19, 2013 14:25 |  #21

100-400 would be my choice.


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Mar 19, 2013 18:58 |  #22

EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM
Daily Rate $25.00
Weekend Rate $38.00
Weekly Rate $75.00


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Mar 20, 2013 08:58 |  #23

Well you did say rental!
So guessing you are in the USA where stuff is reasonable prices.
1st choice Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM.

I did have the good luck to try it for about 60 shots, shooting powerboats. Sadly not on my camera, but on the owners 5D3. It was awesome, super fast focusing, pictures on his iPad3 looked crystal clear; even when you squeezed it open with 2 fingers. Real miffed as there was no USB port on an iPad3 to get my copies!!!
What shocked me, was the fact I could hold it on a monopod - Absolutly NO BLurr whatsoever. The owner said, it had 4 Stop IS [nb he did the settings think it had 3 types of IS as well]. The owner said he could use it without the Mono pod. ( but I did note it was on an extremely solid, expensive looking Monopod when we arrived ;).
Only cons:- Photowise no zoom, so on a Quayside there is no way to walk back, you must think ahead about your shot to get good framing, ( pic a target coming towards you well before the kill zone and then all is in frame) maybe not an issue for you, but my experience is with zooms. Therefore some shots turned into detailed on board 'Portraits'. But as the quality was outstanding and it really could freeze action and spray, didnt matter. VIP if your are walking some way, this felt real heavy ( just moving from a Quayside to their 4x4; was a bit of an effort - this guy had a mooring pass, so not much walking ), get full insurance, I think he said they were £5,000 or near that. We also did get some interested looks, from some scruffy types, glad there were 5 of us - it just looks like a, "steal me" lens !
Quick after thought. my glowing recommendation for the lens; should I guess be tempered by the fact my experience is with a 7D, and this lens was mounted on the owners 5D3 [obviously some of my enjoyment should be apportioned to the camera "upgrade effect "as well.] Note my camera is 7D so not in the same league, but it is a perfect one IQ and focusing-wise. Just factor it in! For comparison I do have the 70-300L IS USM F4-5.6. This is a superb lens and may be on a practial point be a better option it will also be cheaper to rent. You would also be able to hand hold, that most of the time. Benefit of the F2.8 is the AF speed, and getting all the shots as the light fell off at the end of a perfect day. Must be nice to be pretty rich!


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Mar 20, 2013 09:23 |  #24

Submariner wrote in post #15735487 (external link)
Well you did say rental!

I've hired lenses from LCE here in the UK in the past and prices were not extreme. I cannot remember actual figures but I was pleasantly surprised.


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Mar 20, 2013 12:47 as a reply to  @ Lowner's post |  #25

What kind of boat racing is this, and how close can you get.
For rowing events you can sometimes walk parallel to the lanes, for sailing events you almost have to be out on the water in your own boat, for power boats it just depends on the venue.

When still living in Seattle I could get some nice shots of the Seafair hydroplane races while standing on the I-90 floating bridge. And looking at the boats in this thread things have sure changed with the boats over the years.

As noted by others, it really helps to have a few details of what and where the event is, at least more that a "boat race" and a crew. And, yes please, to posting a few pics of what you shot last year. Based on your wanting something longer that 250mm it tells me you are shooting either sailing or power boating.


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Mar 20, 2013 13:13 |  #26

It call Dragon boat.
http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=wOhJvjF80Zs (external link)
I will be there this weekend again for second years.


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Mar 20, 2013 14:18 |  #27

I am going to rent 100-400mm f4. this lens weight 3lbs.
Do I need to use Tripod, my tripod about 10lbs, seam like I can not moving around too much with total 20lbs camera gear.


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Mar 20, 2013 14:20 |  #28

I would just handhold.




  
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Mar 20, 2013 14:21 |  #29

Either a tripod ot a monopod. For motorsport I prefer a monopod.

If you handhold, remember the old adage of a shutter speed thats at a minimum of twice the focal length. Personally I tend to double even that!


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Mar 20, 2013 14:29 |  #30

I am thinking about use my Cary Speed Mogopod, but I have to remove the ball head from My Vanguard Alta 263AB tripod and mount it to my mogopod.


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