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Jul 23, 2008 14:12 |  #1

Sup guys, new here, but plan on being very regular on here being that I need to learn as much as I can and this forum seems to have a lot of knowledgeable members so far, anyways, I plan on taking motorsport photo's the majority of the time with this camera and would like some insight on my selections so far:

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I have not actually bought these yet, but am leaning toward them... any input would be appreciated, like whether or not a 2.8L version of the 70-200mm would be better for these types of photos.


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Jul 23, 2008 14:16 |  #2

Sounds like a great setup. You will have to be fairly close to the action with the 70-200 f/4 lens (or get the 1.4X tc and sacrifice light), so you might also consider getting the 100-400 L or a good telephoto prime in the future. To start out with however, this sounds like a good setup. If you need to go wider, go with the ef-s 17-55mm f/2.8 instead of the 24-70mm.


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Jul 23, 2008 15:57 |  #3

It would help to know where you are and where you plan to shoot.

Generally, 200mm will be too short as your longest motorsport lens.


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Jul 23, 2008 19:22 as a reply to  @ GSH's post |  #4

Yeah I guess you are right, I will of course do track-side photo's but I think at first I will do mostly road-side shots of motorcycles here in Tirol, Austria, and I planned on using the 24-70 for static shots. I definitely would like to eventually upgrade to a 100-400 for the track shots.


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Jul 23, 2008 19:56 as a reply to  @ Kento's post |  #5

For static I use the 17-40L... it's a fairly inexpensive for an L and is a super lens!


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Jul 24, 2008 08:59 |  #6

at first I will do mostly road-side shots of motorcycles

That's a good kit to start with.
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Jul 30, 2008 03:53 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #7

Thanks for the input guys!


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Jul 30, 2008 05:16 |  #8

That's a great setup. One lens you may want to add to that in the future is a wide option - the sigma 10-20mm lens is a good choice.

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Jul 30, 2008 05:33 |  #9

How about :
40D + 17-55 f/2.8 IS + 70-200 f/4 IS ?
Though for sports the 70-200 f/2.8 would serve you better.




  
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Jul 30, 2008 05:37 |  #10

Nice setup although, I would prefer the 17-40L in that list too just in case you need something for wider shots. Tough choice to be honest.


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Jul 30, 2008 06:58 |  #11

Looks like a nice setup. However for sports you may find that a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 (only a little more $ than the Canon f/4L) might perform better for fast action shots. I don't shoot sports myself so a f/4L would work fine for me (I'm thinking of eventually switching, less weight than f/2.8 lenses). You can't go wrong with the 24-70, it's one of the best pieces of glass you can buy. I find my 24-60 is a useful length, I don't know if you'd really need wider for sports. I think you can't go wrong with that setup, everyone has to start somewhere and learn what lenses work for them.


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Jul 30, 2008 12:45 |  #12

The 24-70 f/2.8L is effectively 38-112mm. As was suggested before look at EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 OR 17-40L.

After reading several reviews I decided to buy the Tamron SF AF17-50mm f/2.8 Lens. So far I have been very pleased with it.


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Jul 30, 2008 13:50 |  #13

Dragos Jianu wrote in post #6012061 (external link)
How about :
40D + 17-55 f/2.8 IS + 70-200 f/4 IS ?
Though for sports the 70-200 f/2.8 would serve you better.

Not for motorsports. You don't need the wide maximum aperture so much for motorsports, where your distance from a head-on subject means you can shoot 400mm @ F/5.6 and get tight DOF. When you're panning you're likely to be narrower than F/8 to get the right shutter speed.

Using a 40d as the body, I would recommend 17-55 F/2.8IS as the "pit & paddock" lens (although you will find it short, it's the only one wide enough with the right quality) and the 100-400 L.


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Jul 30, 2008 16:19 |  #14

I have the 100 - 400 and it is a great lens.


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Jul 31, 2008 08:47 |  #15

I have the 100 - 400 and it is a great lens.

It is, & so is the 70-200 f/4 if you have good light. I'm wondering what Kento's budget is?

This year I went with the 70-200 f/2.8 & a 2X TC to see if I could get usable results & still have 2.8 when I needed it. Here's the results:
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