18-200VR shoots motor racing Today...........

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Fletch147
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18-200VR shoots motor racing Today...........

Heres just a few pictures from today at Curborough sprint circuit, lichfield, staffordshire with the 18-200 at 200mm on the track......more to follow as I process them.

Motorsport is not something I shoot often!! and boy does it need practice!

I was stood next to guys with Nikon 300 2.8's and 70-200 2.8 VR's..they were looking at me like an idiot because I had just the 18-200!! bloody snobbery!!

I reckon my little 18-200 held up very well, 200mm was short, i had to crop well, but im happy with another test for my new 18-200Vr!!

I did miss feeling 'pro' though i love to look the part even though my little lens gave me some cool results. i bet those guys thought my pictures would be a joke! sod them!!

enjoy. thanks for looking. Jon.

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ARClark
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Re: 18-200VR shoots motor racing Today...........

Ok Fletch, I'm not buying it. I know what you really did was borrow a friends 70-200 and shoot that along side your 17-55, right? LOL

Hey, those look great! Fantastic series.

Alan
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Fletch147
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Re: 18-200VR shoots motor racing Today...........

ARClark wrote:

Ok Fletch, I'm not buying it. I know what you really did was borrow
a friends 70-200 and shoot that along side your 17-55, right? LOL

Hey, those look great! Fantastic series.

Alan
Raleigh, NC

LOL thanks Alan..I wish!

cheers.

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l_objectif
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Fletch

Fletch, this is the best 18-200 IQ I have ever seen!... I wish my lens was as friendly as yours! :))
All the best
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Chris Walden Senior Member • Posts: 2,394
Ahh my 18-200 buddy...

Very nice shots... The first two are really good especially considering they were @ 200mm. I like the colors, comp and processing on the others too the 3rd shot is money... they are not too overdone and fit nicely.

I haven't tested my lens on something moving that fast @ 200mm... I do plan in the next day or two to walk thru and see if the fune-tuning will make any difference. I am happy with lens sharpness right now just being the gear-head I want to know if that really works like I have seen posted on the net.

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Chris Walden Senior Member • Posts: 2,394
Re: Ahh my 18-200 buddy... I almost forgot!

I like those borders!!!!
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chrisnjenn Regular Member • Posts: 248
Re: Fletch

It can. It is the person taking the picture. He is extremely talented as we all know, but the 18-200 is very capable. Most people would rather blame a lens rather than their lack of talent. Guess it is easier that way.

L_Objectif wrote:

Fletch, this is the best 18-200 IQ I have ever seen!... I wish my
lens was as friendly as yours! :))
All the best
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Fletch147
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Thankyou Louis......

L_Objectif wrote:

Fletch, this is the best 18-200 IQ I have ever seen!... I wish my
lens was as friendly as yours! :))
All the best
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I cant knock the IQ although 200mm was too short for the track at parts, so heavy cropping has maybe worsened IQ on the track shots.....their still okay though.....cheers.

Jon.

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Re: Ahh my 18-200 buddy... I almost forgot!

Chris Walden wrote:

I like those borders!!!!
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Thanks about the borders yes I learned and simplified things

The 18-200 did cope well on the moving subjects, although I will add I'm also a major gearhead! and looking at those guys around me with the 2.8 glass made me want it back...especially one guy who had the Nikon 24-70 on..I want that lens!! like I say hopefully one day a D3 and couple of pro lenses back but I would always keep the D300 / 18-200 for travelling light.

Cheers Chris.

Jon.

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Fletch147
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Thankyou for the kind words!! chrisnjenn (nt)

chrisnjenn wrote:
It can. It is the person taking the picture. He is extremely
talented as we all know, but the 18-200 is very capable. Most people
would rather blame a lens rather than their lack of talent. Guess it
is easier that way.

L_Objectif wrote:

Fletch, this is the best 18-200 IQ I have ever seen!... I wish my
lens was as friendly as yours! :))
All the best
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Fletch147
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more more..............

Hope you like them..........again all D300 / 18-200VR combo.

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Gary_Scotland
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Re: more more..............

Love the detail in the B&W engine shot. Excellent contrasts.

A novel use of tea strainers too !!

Regards,

Gary

Chris Walden Senior Member • Posts: 2,394
Re: more more..............

I might like this set better than the first and those action shots are tight!!! A few questions for you...

  1. 1 - On all the still shots did you use any fill flash or just ambient light?

  2. 2 - On the shots with the racing cars were you panning with the cars or just waiting for them to come into the frame?

Never shot anything that fast but I guess you would set the camera to shutter priority mode and something fast 1/500th, continous mode and dynamic focus and then fire away adjusting the shutter speed until the moving subject was sharp.

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A Romanov Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: more more..............

All lovely shots Jon!

Were you using VR on "Normal" on your panning shots, if I may ask?

Thanks,
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Fletch147
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Thanks Gary! yes i noticed that! lol (nt)

Gary_Scotland wrote:

Love the detail in the B&W engine shot. Excellent contrasts.

A novel use of tea strainers too !!

Regards,

Gary

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martinch Veteran Member • Posts: 3,054
Re: 18-200VR shoots motor racing Today...........

Nice work, Jon - good to see you enjoying your lens

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Hi Chris......

Chris Walden wrote:

I might like this set better than the first and those action shots
are tight!!! A few questions for you...

  1. 1 - On all the still shots did you use any fill flash or just

ambient light?

  1. 2 - On the shots with the racing cars were you panning with the cars

or just waiting for them to come into the frame?

Never shot anything that fast but I guess you would set the camera to
shutter priority mode and something fast 1/500th, continous mode and
dynamic focus and then fire away adjusting the shutter speed until
the moving subject was sharp.

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No flash used, all ambient light.

I was panning......I was having trouble keeping the shutted speed low in the bright light...I need a filter really....i was trying to pan at 60th or 80th to get good wheel blur and motion, BUt was being forced at 250th second which was pushing aperture to f16-f22....i didnt want to go there!

So I would have got better results with maybe a polariser fitted...i will have to get one!

I got good motion when the sun went behind the clouds....I would ideally pan at 1/60th as I say....this gets great wheel blur.

I'm not happy with shots ive got where the wheels are frozen.

cheers. Jon.

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Hi and thanks AR........

A Romanov wrote:

All lovely shots Jon!

Were you using VR on "Normal" on your panning shots, if I may ask?

Thanks,
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I had VR off for most of the shots......if it was on I had it set on active VR.....BUt mostly it was switched OFF altogether.

Cheers. Jon.

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Thanks martin...(nt)

martinch wrote:

Nice work, Jon - good to see you enjoying your lens

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A Romanov Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: Hi and thanks AR........

Fletch147 wrote:

I had VR off for most of the shots......if it was on I had it set on
active VR.....BUt mostly it was switched OFF altogether.

I see... I asked because these two different VR modes puzzle me a bit. The lens manual says we have to use "Normal" to avoid Camera shake AND when panning, and "Active" is only for taking pictures from a moving vehicle....... Just imagine taking pictures with your D300 WHILE driving one of those cars =8-0

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