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Is the 70-200 generally enough?

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Apr 08, 2012 13:52 |  #16

Great shots. Thanks.

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Apr 19, 2012 12:29 |  #17

dinanm3atl wrote in post #14196290 (external link)
Usually good enough for more standard panning work but if you want the 'in your face' tele photo compression style shot you will want 400-500 IMO.

I found that out the hard way at Laguna Seca in 2010 shooting MotoGP. I was setting up to shoot in turn 5 using my 70-200 with a 1.4 extender and noticed a lot of other photographers with at least a 300-400mm in that turn. The next time I shoot there again I will rent a 400-500. I talked to a couple of Pro guys while there and they were shooting with 500-600mm for the "tighter framed" in your face shots that people enjoy today.


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Apr 22, 2012 21:33 as a reply to  @ Sharpstat's post |  #18

If you want to get head on shots, or shots at the apex (shooting from outside of the turn) it's generally not even close to enough for track shooting. I have a 100-400mm and I find it most of the time all the way out at 400mm on a crop body (7D).

If you are on the inside of a turn, a shorter lens is perfect, but when on the outside of a turn....length is what you need

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