I'll be at Montréal's F1 Grand-Prix in a few weeks and I'll be shooting some of it. I've been there a few times before and shot with various crop bodies and lenses combinations . For photos of the cars, the seat I have allows access to at least one good photo spot. I own the Canon 70-300 F4-5.6 IS and never really liked it. Moreover, it is too short getting anything but the closest corner and pit exit. (I actually wonder why I still haven't put it for sale...) Last year, I rented the 100-400L and really liked the lens a lot. However, I would have liked a bit more reach for getting some additional point of views. Therefore, I was having a look at renting a Tamron 150-600 or Sigma 150-500. Now here are the questions I have:
1 - Does anybody knows of somewhere to rent the Tamron in Canada? (I haven't found any by googling around...)
2 - If I can't find a Tamron, would the Sigma offer anything better than a cropped image from the 100-400?(remember I already shoot a crop body - 60D - so I may already be pushing the envelope...)
Note: I can rent the 100-400 or Sigma for about the same amount.
The problem is that you are not going to like the images from those lenses at 500mm, they are not sharp. You have to dial back to 400mm, and then they are still not as good as the 100-400.
You will also want fast AF, and probably a zoom.
I think the Canon 200-400mm is perfect for your situation. Flip in the TC, and it zooms to 560mm, or it will zoom out to 200mm with the TC out. I'm expecting that Lens Rental Canada (Owned by Canon Rumors) has them for rent. Rent a 1D MK IV or a 1D X to go with it.
the tamron is razor sharp at 500 its just a bit softer at 600 but still perfectly usable
the bigger issue is lack of panning mode IS for motorsport. So panning techinquie is critical with the tamron
with zero forgiveness.
since its renting, just rent the 200-400 forget the low end stuff since you are not buying it
and while you are at it rent a 1DX, the AF of the 60D is going to hurt you more than anything else check the F1 thread in the sports images section for more advice.
Thanks, I was actually one of the first contributor to the F1 thread and to the motorsport thread that followed. I was the first to post images there. Seriously, I won't pay 2/3 of the price of a 100-400L to rent a 1dx and 200-400 for a week. Moreover, I'm not familiar with those and I doubt 8'd have enough time to bring the 1dx to a point where I could hope of making better photos. I've been pretty happy with the 60d in the past GPs. I'll just be shooting for fun and personal souvenirs.
The areas I want to improve are reach, use slower shutter for panning (I have a low keeper rate under 1/160-200) and use a polarizer to cut through visor reflections.
I can afford a GP in my home town, but money is a concern for me.