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Re: [OM] All f2s (was top ten)

Subject: Re: [OM] All f2s (was top ten)
From: "John Petrush" <jfp@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 20:03:26 -0400
First, I either hand-hold or use a monopod for racing photos.  Tried a
tripod once and it just got in the way.  I find I use 1/500 and 1/1000
fairly frequently.  I prefer using ISO 100 films; I shoot color negative
about 990f the time.  On a bright, sunny day I have a lot more glass than
I really "need".  I can shoot at f/8 to f/16 at 1/250 or 1/500 no problem,
just as you describe.  But let's let it get cloudy.  How about a good rain?
Now, even wide open one is fortunate to get 1/250.  If you are working a
slow corner and have a good side view position, you can get away with 1/125,
possible 1/60th panning with 300mm.  A head-on shot, no way.  You need
shutter speed to freeze the moment.  Pit stop action commands the same,
unless you are specifically trying for different effects with very slow
shutter speeds.

I guess what that overweight, luggable f/2.8 telephoto gets you is increased
range and a much brighter viewfinder image.  But perhaps its just that motor
racing is pure passion to me, and that is reason enough.  And with the
1.4X-A, its just too much fun :-).

John P

Daryl Hurley  < dhurley@xxxxxxxx > wrote:

> While I would love to have a big, fast tele, I don"t understand
>the need for the faster lenses in this application?  What am I missing?
> I have been successfully shooting racing cars from the normal
>spectator areas for years with a slower zoom and even a 2X tele-converter
>in combination with assorted primes.  The zoom is a Tamron 60-300 (f5.4 @
>300mm) and when I need a little more length, I slap a 2X on the back of
>my 180  f2.8 and get a 360 f5.6.    I have also used a 100 f2.8 and a 135
>f2.8 with and without the 2X satisfactorily.  Using ASA 100, both print
>and slides, I am usually shooting at f8 or f11 depending on the weather,
>with shutter speeds from 1/60 to 1/250.  I seldom, if ever, am using the
>lens wide open.
> As one Zuikoholic to another,  give me a reason to start saving

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