Formula Student, meet the LA-EA2
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend to a Formula Student race, namely the Formula Student Hungary 2012. While I was there only for the first day, it was well worth it, even though I was red as a lobster at the end of the day.
NEX-3 (Yeah, good old workhorse... wanted to upgrade but recession came)
Tamron 70-300 USD (for most pictures)
Sony 50 F1.8 (second favourite)
SEL-16F28 (for some panorama shots not shown here, check links)
SEL-1855 (didn't leave the bag)
Things I learned:
8 gigs is not enough for such a burst-happy all-day event, even if shot entirely in jpg (I hope my 32 gig SD will arrive before my next event)
LA-EA2 is a wonderful thing, for still pictures
don't ever again forget an ND filter (first time for everyone: waaay too much sun!)
with this much gear, get a proper camera bag (couple days ago got one: crumpler new delhi 620)
the Tamron is quite good against flare even without the hood
So, I shot 1600 pictures and a couple videos that day. I was a bit scared that the Tamron won't be able to keep up with the formula cars, but hey, at the distance, it performed superbly well with a tiny bit of help. (Setting up the approximate focusing distance before the shootout.) That said, I would have welcomed the VC (Tamron's stabilization) the Nikon/Canon versions have. Yes, the SEL- zooms are stabilized, but the NEX-3 AF speed with them is just not appropriate for this event.
Yes, I should have changed to the 18-55 for the videos. Simply put, I didn't want to much around in my bag. Drag races don't last long.
I did experience some anomaly with the LA-EA2: sometimes the lenses just lost contact with the body, which resulted in very dark 1/4000 sec pictures and no AF. A bit of wriggling fixed it. Yes, the contacts are clean. Maybe just the heat, though it happened earlier at home as well.
Full galeries: (beware, I was lazy and uploaded all the shots.)