Formula Student, meet the LA-EA2

Started Aug 31, 2012 | Discussions thread
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nagi603 Regular Member • Posts: 328
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.

The tools:

  • NEX-3 (Yeah, good old workhorse... wanted to upgrade but recession came)

  • LA-EA2

  • 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.)

 nagi603's gear list:nagi603's gear list
Sony Alpha a7S Sony FE 35mm F2.8 Sony Alpha NEX-7 Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 AF 1.4x Sony FE 55mm F1.8 +5 more
Sony Alpha NEX-3
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