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Looking to get into racing photography

Post by 51fan » Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:30 pm

I have been a racing fan since i was born and recently became interested in the photograpy aspect of racing i was wondering if any one could give me some pointers and some ideas on a good starter camera that wont break the bank. Thank you for any and all your help.

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Re: Looking to get into racing photography

Post by DavidM » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:20 am

How serious are you on doing this? It can become an expensive hobby with little chance to recoup your cost. Since I'm only familiar with Nikon Digital SLR I'll use this as my point of reference. If you want to go with a new camera a Nikon D3000 (body only $499.00) is their entry point for a Digital SLR and if you are shooting racing you will want an SLR. You can spend some big coin on good lenses so look into buy a package that includes a lens to start with.

If you want to go the used camera route there are a lot of options. Just be careful that what you get works and you have a chance to return it if there are problems.


http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/ ... index.page

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/SLR-D ... 4294182649

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Re: Looking to get into racing photography

Post by zepplinrox » Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:57 pm

Being a Nikon shooter, I can not recommend anything less than a D90/ D80. These are are backward compatible to a huge range of lenses.The D40/D60/D3000 and D5000 series do not have the autofocus motors on the body and must use AFS lens for autofocusing.

While Nikon has made some relatively less expensive AFS lenses; lens speed (fstop wise- lower f stop # the faster) for most of these newer lenses are on the slower side topping out at f3.5 with most zooms going up to a f5.6 at the long end. This will probably make them not really suitable for motorsports. I have a kit lens that I got with my D90 (18-105 3.5-5.6 afs vr) that in daylight isn't to bad but at night I have to use my 70-200 f2.8 (a rather expensive lens).

A better idea may be to try used equipment from KEH.com. They have a D80 for $500 and 80-200 F2.8 D for $599 (Mike Z has one for $400).

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Re: Looking to get into racing photography

Post by bschriver11 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:39 pm

I found myself wanting to get into some racing photography but on a limited budget and i chose to go with pentax because every lens they ever made can be used although some are without auto focus and some are all manual but are capable of taking excellent photos.One good thing is at the track the lighting is consistant and you know where the cars are going to be so everything can be pre-set in the camera.Pentax has some great prime lenses but lack some of the pro zooms however sigma lenses can fill this void.Any DSLR is able to get great photos as long as you put the effort into getting the most out of it and remember it doesn't matter how good a camera you get there will be a better one tomorrow.I don't own a lens that i paid over $90 for but i still got these. Image
Scott geesey by bschriver11, on Flickr Image
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Re: Looking to get into racing photography

Post by zepplinrox » Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:51 pm

[quote="bschriver11"]I found myself wanting to get into some racing photography but on a limited budget and i chose to go with pentax because every lens they ever made can be used although some are without auto focus and some are all manual but are capable of taking excellent photos.One good thing is at the track the lighting is consistant and you know where the cars are going to be so everything can be pre-set in the camera.Pentax has some great prime lenses but lack some of the pro zooms however sigma lenses can fill this void.Any DSLR is able to get great photos as long as you put the effort into getting the most out of it and remember it doesn't matter how good a camera you get there will be a better one tomorrow.I don't own a lens that i paid over $90 for but i still got these.

Also excellent points to consider! Brian Rhoad rocks his Pentax at the track every week :camera: !

The Sony brand (they make Nikon's sensors) would also make a great choice.

They bought out Minolta and all of those lenses would be compatable as well. Sony's newest (A580-I think around $700) will shoot 7fps, up to ISO 12800, and also has built in virabration reduction on their bodies thus making all of the lenses VR: a sometimes pricey feature that Nikon and Canon have on some of their lenses.

VR (IS -Canon, OS - Sigma, VC-Tamaron) is big help if using slower lenses (ie: f5.6) because that will slow down shutter speeds compared to an f2.8 or f4!
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