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Old 02-25-2007, 09:05 PM
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Hello everyone, great thread! I was wondering about some basic tips for a Canon S2 IS?

The track is an indoor oval. I'd really like to get some pics entering and exiting the corners. Will a decent panning shot be possible with this camera?

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Old 03-20-2007, 05:14 AM
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Default Nikon D80 for outdoor 1/10 and 1/8 shots

I am looking to purchase the D80 primarily for photographing sporting events. For the outdoor R/C season what would be a good choice of lenses? I am getting a 28-300 for general shots. Thanks
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Old 03-20-2007, 09:26 AM
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I've actually just picked up a D80, Tamron 28-75 2.8, and Nikon 70-300 VR as a starter kit...only yesterday, so I can't yet tell you how the combination performs

Outdoor shots seem to be pretty forgiving due to plenty of available light..I've seen great shots with everything from the 55-200G to the 70-200VR

I'd recommend seeing what kind of results you get with your 28-300 before rushing out to buy more glass.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:55 PM
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Question on my Canon PowerShot SD600.

I'm sitting here with my Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital ELPH camera (ugh, that's a mouth full, hope I don't have to type it again ) and was wondering what the best setting would be for shooting 1/10 touring cars on an outdoor track in sunlight durring the late morning/afternoon (9am-4pm) The pictures don't have to be works of arts, but I don't want them to look like I took them with a cell phone camera either.
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Here is a link to the cameras features and such.
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  • Should I use a manual setting so I can change all the options manually? Or use a pre-made or auto setting? The pre-set options are, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Indoor, Kids&Pets, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, and Underwater. I listed them all but obviously some of them would be out of the question. (Underwater, Indoor, Night Snapshot, Snow, Fireworks, Kids&Pets, Foliage, Beach.)
    The manual option I can change these options...
    Exp. Exposure. -2 through +2 (what would that be used for and when would it be changed?)
    White Balance. Auto, Day light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and custom.
    Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg. and Spot. Not sure what those are for.
    I can also change the ISO from Auto, High ISO auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800.
    For flash I can change from, off, Slow synchro, auto, Auto red-eye reduction, on.
    I can change from, single shot, and continuous. I wouldn't use self timer obviously. Whats the difference between single shot and continuous?
    I can change from, Macro to Infinity. Not sure what those are for either.
    I can turn on or off the AiAF, The AF-assist beam, the Digital Zoom, I can turn long shutter on or off.
Wow that's kinda long, sorry but I'm fairly new to using the settings to my advantage and taking good pictures. This is my first digital camera. I just used the auto setting and point and shoot pretty much. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'll post some shots here after I get some good ones!

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Old 04-10-2007, 06:08 AM
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OK. So I took the plunge and purchased a Nikon D50, I already own a 28-80 and 70-300. The camera, picked it up on eBay, comes with an 18-200. Can someone suggest a good, reasonably priced high-speed lens?
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:12 AM
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The 80-200 AFD F2.8 (no AFS) is a good lens, very nice optically and a good price.. Focusing is pretty fast (not as fast as the 70-200AFS, but not far off).
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:40 AM
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Just visited your website, nice photos. ok, incredible photos. I will indeed put that lens on my list. It appears to get some of the good action shots, a f2.8 lens is needed. Are there any other RC photo forums you guys visit to get tips?

For the record, most of my photos will be outdoors, 1/10 and 1/8 on-raods during the spring/summer seasons at 301 Raceway in MD and the V.O.R.R.A. track in Richmond. Not affiliated with either track, just close to my home and the people see like good folks.
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which nikon? lol
d40 d50 d70 d80? mainly for rc racing and drag racing?
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:45 AM
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Originally Posted by oople
The 80-200 AFD F2.8 (no AFS) is a good lens, very nice optically and a good price.. Focusing is pretty fast (not as fast as the 70-200AFS, but not far off).
Question...would at fixed focal length lens, (105mm F2.8 or 180mm F2.8) be an appropriate substitute? Again, I will be using the mainly for outdoor shots, whether it is RC or my niece and nephew soccer games.
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sure, fixed focal length is cheaper also. BUT...... the inflexible nature isn't always ideal. The nicest lens I have used is a canon 35-350, thats pretty wide angle to high zoom, and it was a push-pull zoom so very easy to track a car and get the shot.
A big aperture isn't usually needed outdoors, I usually use around F4 or up outdoors, in good light around F8-F11. F2.8 can be a very very small depth of field and hard to capture the cars in the sweet spot.
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Do you guys feel it is easier to capture the "action" of off-road cars because of the flying dirt and jumps? With on-road those things are missing so getting a sense of motion in the picture could be more difficult, right?
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To me onroad is easier to photograph because there are no jumps and no dirt, which makes it easier to pan and easier for the camera to focus. As far as "action" is concerned, it should be noticable via the wheels and the background.
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Here is a shot from 301 Raceway in Maryland this weekend. Still working on the panning technique. It was cloudy and I set my shutter too high, 1/800, so everything looks posed with no motion effect. I posted an example here. More are coming
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va_ - Nice meeting you today. Nice photo. I look forward to seeing the rest.

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