09-11-2017 01:19 PM
09-11-2017 02:20 PM
When talking motorsports how close will you be usually & how fast are the vehicles? Do you have a budget & are you looking for a high FPS rate? Static photos don't require the same gear fast moving vehicles might but a better body can do static as well as high speed stuff.
09-11-2017 02:43 PM
09-11-2017 04:19 PM
Obviously your in the US (I'm in Canada) where prices are lower PLUS you have Canon Refurbs available & they should be considered . Although it may be due for a replacement soon the 7D2 is up to the job & will still do it for some time to come. Not quite sure what to recommend for that super versatile lens because the one I use doesn't fit the budget, even as a used purchase. My flight line lens is the 28-300 L IS & it would do motorsports well too but it's HEAVY too. This is what I shoot these days but I have a background in the Muscle Car restoration field & drag racing, car shows etc. See.
The 2 bodies I rely on are the 1D mark 4 and 7D mark 2 & both are very worthy. I do not miss shots that I feel are because of my gear. When I miss it's because I couldn't keep it in the viewfider & be smooth as I shot.
09-11-2017 04:43 PM
09-11-2017 08:27 PM
The pecking order for Canon bodies suitable to fast action photography are:
1. Canon 1D X Mark II (Canon's flagship camera - also it's a full-frame camera) - but out of your price range.
2. Canon 7D Mark II (Canon's top-performing DSLR with an APS-C size (crop-frame) sensor.
3. Canon 5D Mark IV (full frame, advanced focus system, and fairly fast with an 8 FPS burst shooting speed and very large internal buffer) - but out of your price range.
4. Canon 5D Mark III (full frame, fairly advanced focus system, and 7 FPS burst shooting speed with a rather larger (but not as big as the Mark IV) internal memory buffer) - not sure if you could get one in your price range... maybe a used copy.
5. Canon 80D (Canon's current top mid-tier DSLR - fairly advanced focus system and just below a 7 FPS burst shooting speed.)
6. Canon 77D (basically a high end Rebel body)
7. Canon T7i (latest entry-level body but they have substantially improved the focus system as compared to their other entry-level bodies).
Based on your needs, I would probably go for the 7D Mark II body.
I also noticed you don't really have any lens that qualifies as "wide" for your camera body. A "normal" angle of view (one that seems neither wide angle or narrow angle) is one where the focal length matches the diagonal measure of your camera sensor (roughly 28mm). Since 28mm is your widest focal length possible, and that's merely a "normal" angle of view I'd probably be seeking a moderately wide angle lens (something that can drop down to the 16-18mm range on the low end. The 17-40mm is a low-priced option that could do this. There are also the 16-35mm options such as the 16-35mm f/4. On APS-C camera bodies there is are other options as well such as the 10-18, 10-22, and 17-55mm lenses. There is also an 11-24mm but it's not cheap (it's out of your budget even if you skip the camera body and just buy the one lens.)
The wide angle of view isn't just "wide" it also stretches the sense of depth. Interiors seem larger and more spacious at wide angles. The long side of the car body will seem even longer. Etc.
09-12-2017 07:54 AM
For this use I'd go with a good auto focusing crop body, either the 7d2 or the 80d. You can benefit from the 1.6x free telephoto effect of the FOV crop and you won't much miss any loss in low light IQ and by not going full frame you'll save money you can apply towards lenses.
For lenses I'd consider a wide angle for crop bodies like a 10-22 or 10-20, etc, by Canon or maybe Sigma plus a moderate telephoto. Hard to go wrong with an excellent 70-200 f/2.8 IS MK2 and with the crop effect you get the FOV of a 320mm lens.
If if you don't need the super wide lens or if you dont want to have that gap between 22mm and 70mm you could get the EF-s 17-55 f/2.8 instead of the wide angle lens. That might be better actually.
09-12-2017 09:59 AM
The main thing I'll recommend looking for in the lens you expect to use for track photos is that it have IS that works in the panning mode. You will want the help of IS when shooting the cars at slow enough shutter speeds to blur the background & wheels / tires.
09-12-2017 12:26 PM
Thanks for the excellent recommendation on the camera bodies, I appreciate it! And I am in the US. I figured one lens would just be a start, and I'm open to renting those long telephoto lenses for races or specific use. I'd been looking at the 5D MK III and 7D MKII. I like the fact that both can also do HD video. I'll check out your link. I grew up going to demo derbies, figure eights, and the drag strip. Nice to connect with another gear head on here!
The 7D Mk II is your camera of choice.
As far as lenses go do NOT get the 24-70 it is not a good match for an APS-C camera like the 7D Mk II.
I'd look at the EF 70-200 l IS II or if that is out of your price range the EF-S 55-250 IS STM is an increadible value and works well for autocross.
I don't have any of my photos with me they are in FL and I've evacuated due to Irma. But, here is a picture of me by Kevin Lanterman.
09-12-2017 12:38 PM