What len's to use for car shows

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by imagemaker, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. I am going to the Good Guys car show this weekend. There are always a large amount of cars and crowds. What lens do you all prefer at this type of events. i like taking a medium such as a 60 micro and a 28-70 zoom. rarely do I get to shoot a whole car( too many people) so I go for parts such as flames and chrome. Ending up having lots of fun no matter what.
     
  2. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi bob-

    i usually bring my 17-35mm to get pictures of the whole car, and i'm usually at the 17mm end. your 12-24mm will be great for this, especially in crowded situations.

    just curious about your use of a macro lens: can you get close enough to take advantage of the 60mm over the 28-70mm?

    ricky
     
  3. dsp921

    dsp921

    898
    May 16, 2006
    I use my 28-70mm, usually in the 40-50mm range.
     
  4. Bill K

    Bill K

    Jan 29, 2006
    Reno, Nevada
    I use a wide lens because of so many people, My 17-55 and 10.5 work great at car shows.
     
  5. Takeda

    Takeda

    Jun 9, 2006
    Durham, NC
    I enjoy car shows also!!! SEMA in Las Vegas is my favorite!!!

    Here are a few shots from a car show in Henderson, NC. I usually use my 17 55mm f/2.8:


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    And a few more:

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  6. Hammster

    Hammster

    103
    Apr 24, 2007
    San Diego, Ca.
    On my first shoot, posted in another thread, I used my 18-55mm. Using the 18-55 made me stay on the side of the shadows as I didn't want to cast my shadow in the picture. (It was late in the day with long shadows.)

    I'm going to try my 55-200 this weekend at another shoot. It'll be at the same time in the afternoon, so maybe this will allow me to stand further back from the sunny side and not cast my shadow on the subject.
     
  7. Pete

    Pete

    Jun 10, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Lens??? I just carry a point and shoot...

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    Leica D-Lux 3
     
  8. bubz

    bubz

    81
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I use a 18-55 and my 10-20, I tried a 24-70 but in order to get the whole car you need to be back like at least 8-10 feet. and then you get people in front of your shot. Use a 18 or 17 Focal Length to get the perfect shot, but your 12-24 would rock the house.
     
  9. Thanks for all the feedback. I think I will try using the 12-24 mostly this weekend. If I use the 60 then I will most likely try for small parts of the cars. Like to experiment. At this point in time not sure how to post photos to the cafe once I figure it out try to get some on next week.
     
  10. David D. Busch

    David D. Busch

    375
    Apr 30, 2006
    Midwest
    I end up using a 17-35mm f2.8 for most everything. Gawkers succumb to Photoshop, as they did in these two shots.

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    Dave
     
  11. I use a 18-55, works perfect for cars even when they are close together. I've used a 10-20 before also and it works decent. I prefer the 18-55 over the 10-20.
     
  12. Takeda

    Takeda

    Jun 9, 2006
    Durham, NC
    Dave, your Pontiac hood ornament reminded me of these two shots....anybody want to guess what car it's from?

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  13. rwm1300n

    rwm1300n

    134
    Mar 27, 2006
    Western NY
    Looks like a Nash hood ornament.
     
  14. Takeda

    Takeda

    Jun 9, 2006
    Durham, NC
    Exactly!!!!

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  15. Hammster

    Hammster

    103
    Apr 24, 2007
    San Diego, Ca.
    May I play in the guessing game?
    Guess which car this was attached to...

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  16. Takeda

    Takeda

    Jun 9, 2006
    Durham, NC
    Why sure you can play!!!!

    I'm going to guess a '56 Chevy
     
  17. Hammster

    Hammster

    103
    Apr 24, 2007
    San Diego, Ca.
    You nailed it! Good job.
    268202073.
     
  18. Takeda

    Takeda

    Jun 9, 2006
    Durham, NC

    Well, I hate to tell you this, but I was wrong!!!

    That is a '55 Chevy!!
     
  19. Hammster

    Hammster

    103
    Apr 24, 2007
    San Diego, Ca.
    Oh LOL. I didn't even read the year. I just saw Chevy and replied. LOL.
    Must be too early yet. LOL
     
  20. Bill K

    Bill K

    Jan 29, 2006
    Reno, Nevada
    Nice 55 chevy, I have always liked the 55.

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