July 8th, 2016 - Zoom Zoom!

Thanks to John R. at Pacific Raceways, I got to go down and do a shoot for a few hours. It was the first time I really took this set-up out to do an actual shoot. I want to point out that for this shoot, I did NOT use my tripod. This was ALL 100% handheld.

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I was completely blown away with some of the pictures I got. I did some panning shots and some were actually TOO sharp, and wound up actually looking fake. Which I thought was hilarious. Although I think it's a combination of things for this one image (Like very little shadow under the vehicle). But they are SO sharp, it's amazing!

 

I haven't done any panning shots like this in years, for the panning shots I was shooting around 1/50 - 1/80th of a second at.. Anywhere from 200 - 600mm at about f/18 or so.

For other shots, it was usually at f/5.6 and 1/800+s

For most of the shoot I was in AF-C, and it did pretty well I think. I'm still trying to get the hang of it. Sometimes it feels "off", but that's probably just me not being used to it.

Handholding the lens wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. It's a heavy lens, yes. But unless you struggle lifting 5lb weights... It isn't that bad. Even after 4+ hours shooting, it's not like my arms were burning.

I did get a lot of shots that were "almost" good. But this was definitely something that could've been fixed with using a tripod. The slight bit of movement from breathing, focusing, zooming and wind can wreck havoc at 600mm and slow shutter speeds.

But I was very surprised with the results, getting what I got handheld with this lens. I'm very, very happy with it.

Plus, I had a great time shooting here. The people I met and talked to were nice, and helpful.. The track was nice and they even had a little driving school going on that I might want to attend some day!

 

 I hope to come back soon, it was so much fun, and man... I gotta say I was jealous of some of those guys driving those cars and wished I could have been on the track instead!!

Thomas Cila

Auburn, WA, 98092