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Evening everyone

I was wondering if anyone might be able to give me hand with picking out a new camera. I have always been a big F1 fan and I am going to go to my first Grand Prix very soon and I need a new camera to capture every moment whether that be taking photos or filming it from my seat.

Budget I am looking at $350 AUD. However if something is better for a little bit more please tell me.

Anyway thank you very much in advance.

Kind Regards

Callen
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That budget is REALLY REALLY pushing it.. for a F1 race you would really want a nice DSLR for fast shutter or atleast 1/400 or more. If you HAVE to stick to ur $350 AUD budget i would recommend a Canon PowerShot S95.

But if you really want to capture the cars racing by... buy a cheap or second hand DSLR for around $700 AUD so you can really capture the cars racing by.

Hope that helps

*Edit:
A cheap DSLR such as the Canon 1100D or 550D or 500D combined with a 18-135mm kit lens will really blow any small cameras away in terms of image quality, as well as letting you capture the cars racing by without it blurring.
Edited by Takendown2 - 8/20/11 at 8:31am
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Really, Really? Ouch. Okay what would you recommend for the $700 budget and I'll have a look on ebay.
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First i would recommend you read this guide: http://www.overclock.net/photography...l#post11784902

Then i would further recommend something like a Canon 550D with a 18-135mm lens.

If that is too expensive, look for a second hand 500D with 18-135mm lens.
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Awesome, cheers mate.

If anyone else has anything to add to the discussion please do.
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How close are you going to be to the track? If you're in spectator seating then 135mm will likely not be enough reach. An EF-S 55-250mm lens would be much better for this and while the autofocus is on the slow side it is still capable of producing some pretty nice shots when there's plenty of light.
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sony a33 or a55 with a 70-210/4 minolta. 7fps/10fps burst (respectively) for about 500-600 and the 70-210/4 is about 150.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ljason8eg View Post
How close are you going to be to the track? If you're in spectator seating then 135mm will likely not be enough reach. An EF-S 55-250mm lens would be much better for this and while the autofocus is on the slow side it is still capable of producing some pretty nice shots when there's plenty of light.
Worst case scenario I am going to be at least just under 100 meters away from the action. I've got a pretty good view of the straight and of the first two corners. I'll pick up both a 250mm and a 135mm lens and have a practice with them. I've been meaning to pick up a good DSLR now for ages so this gives me an excellent excuse.

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sony a33 or a55 with a 70-210/4 minolta. 7fps/10fps burst (respectively) for about 500-600 and the 70-210/4 is about 150.
Cheers mate I'll have a look at those as well.
post #9 of 19
You're going to want a long lens if you're going to be anywhere around 100 meters away or you're going to have to do some serious cropping.

I've shot a fair bit of motorsport and here's an example that might be useful when it comes to what a certain focal length will get you. This following photo is shot with a 70-200mm lens zoomed to 200mm. No cropping to make the car fill more of the picture. The second picture is a wide angle shot to give you an idea of how far the racing surface was from me.

I'm not very good with distances, but it didn't seem like it was 100 meters away.


David Regan by JLofing, on Flickr


Charlotte Motor Speedway by JLofing, on Flickr
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post #10 of 19
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The 100 meters away is worse case scenario at most as my friends and I will be 20-40 Meters away. Those are some good photos by the way.
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