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  1. #1
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    I'm back..... and with a question!!!!

    I posted in the "is the forum dead" topic just explaining me short exile from the forum Now Im back taking pictures I will be using the forum on a regular basis. Glad to see the familia faces are still here.

    So lets start with a question

    I still have my D40 (cant seem to let go) but Im after a sensible privced lens for the F1 British GP in July. I know 100% my vantage points will be limited as i will be standing in the general areas, alot of fences and distance to seperate me from the action. However Im worried about wasting money on Nikons 70-300mm vr If Im only going to use the lens every now and then. The Nikon 55-200 is well priced but 200mm may be short. Anyone know if its worth investing in Tamron/Sigma 70-300mm lens. Both are well under 150 and at least it will give me a feel for 300mm shooting.

    I would be looking to go to the winter testing in 2012 where my access would be much better than the GP itself.
    Dave,


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    Nikon D40 (18-55mm lens) Canon Ixus 970i

  2. #2
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    The 70-300VR is pretty nice, haven't tried the others though.

    Note it won't just do sports, it covers as a passable macro lens due to closish focusing. Also gives a chance to get shots of family with the background slightly blurred.

    My 3,000th post btw
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

  3. #3
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    thanks DPR, 3000 posts I must admit the chance to shoot family members from 100mm plus is an idea i have toyed with. I just dont know what to expect with Tamrons 70-300 priced at 99.99!
    Dave,


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    Nikon D40 (18-55mm lens) Canon Ixus 970i

  4. #4
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    search for examples on Flickr by lens
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

  5. #5
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    Detailed test of Tamron 70-300 at SLRgear. Basically, it's very soft at the long end, especially wide open, but CA, distortion & vignetting are OK, especially on DX.

    Sigma's 70-300 APO is rather sharper, but suffers more CA. The cheaper non-APO Sigma 70-300 is rather poor. The newer (and pricier - 400) Sigma 70-300 OS (stabilised) is rather better, according to Lenstip.

  6. #6
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    Have you heard of the new Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 Di VC USD? It gets rave review from many reviewers. I don't know what to expect from the cheapie versions though; cheapie quality maybe?
    Well... the new Tamron 70-300 USD isn't cheap but still cheaper than the Nikkor. Just food for thought.

    PS. I have to admit though, good the new Tamron maybe, I'm ordering the Nikkor version. Hopefully it arrives in the next few days.
    Last edited by tim11; 03-28-2011 at 03:35 AM.
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    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

  7. #7
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    If you want car photos and you can't buy an f2.8 lens don't bother. All you will get with any other lens is photos of wire mesh fences.
    If you have to go with another lens concentrate on the colour of the event, the people and the things rather than the cars.
    Cars travelling at 300kph on the other side of a huge mesh fence photographed from the public areas are a total waste of memory card space.

  8. #8
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    thanks for the advice, so K1W1 even If I stood by a fence with 300mm (f5.6) I wouldnt even be able to get still images as Im pretty sure panning will be out the question. I was hoping on a sunny day in July I could achieve a fast enough shutter speed, at least in the slower corners. Although I agree shots of the whole weekend around the track will be interesting
    Dave,


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    Nikon D40 (18-55mm lens) Canon Ixus 970i

  9. #9
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    You'll get still images, just with a bunch of fence in em too I think is what he was saying
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

  10. #10
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    If you have to shoot through the fence any aperture slower than about f3 will result in images with wire mesh covering the picture rather than the car. With a fast lens if you manually focus on the track position you will see only minimal intrusion from the fencing. You can't use auto focus through the fence as you pan all you will get is a confused focus system.

    If you can find a spot where you can get a clear shot without fencing then that's fine but F1 GP's these days have so much safety fencing in the pleb areas that it's extremely difficult.

    Another thing to be aware of is the rules for entry. Here in Australia you aren't allowed a DSLR lens longer than 200mm unless you are an accredited photographer at the F1 GP. Obviously people do get in but read the rules carefully before you turn up at the gate and have your bag searched. You only have to cop a security guard who knows something about cameras and you won't get past the gate.

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