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2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:59:41 PM »
I am going to the Monaco GP this year & have been told we have seats in grandstand K, but not yet seat number.
I have a 5dIII with the following lenses:
Canon 16-35 2.8L II
Tamron 24-70 2.8 IS
Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II
Canon 70-300L

Which lenses would you recommend for the day and are there any limitations on what you can take into the circuit?

We are touring France for 4 weeks & on a 5 night Azamara cruise which incorporates the ship berthing in Monaco for the day of the GP.

Any advice appreciated, including camera settings for the day.

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Michael
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2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:59:41 PM »

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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2015, 07:52:43 AM »
Hi Michael

Very jealous of your trip and it looks like you'll be in one of the better stands for the race with views across the harbour to the tunnel on the left and to swimming pool on the right. Hopefully you'll be higher up in the stand as it looks like there are some excellent shots to be had shooting over the fence. 

I haven't seen any restrictions on camera gear for Monaco but even if it was like Melbourne's you'll have no problems with any of the gear you've listed.  I'd be taking the 70-300 and either of the 16-35 or 24-70.  If it was me I'd lean towards the 16-35 to get a nice panorama shot of the harbour with one of the cars blurring through the bottom of the frame. Although the 70-300 will give you decent reach, you should consider a 1.4 tele as well.  As for settings, it depends on the type of shot and the available light but a quick set up for your 5Diii would be to put it in TV mode with auto iso (upper limit set) which will allow you to move between panning and fast shutter shots easily. High speed burst and ai servo should also be set.  Others may have better suggestions.

There are a few threads that cover motorsport shooting tips.

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=18034.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=18814.195

Enjoy the trip and don't forget to share some photos :)

 
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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2015, 05:54:22 PM »
Thanks Roo.
Looking forward to the trip.
What upper limit would you set for ISO if it's a sunny or cloudy day please?

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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2015, 04:40:23 AM »
Hi Michael,

I was in grandstand K 2 years back, pretty much in the middle, I had an excellent view of the whole marina, so the 16-35 will be nice (take a CPL as there are always great clouds mixed with the blue sky). I also had a great view of Tabac corner (and the spectacular Maldonado crash, pic's 1 & 2 below) so your 70-300 will be nice there but take a 1.4xII if you have one.  I also had a great view of the crane over the St Devote corner when he recovered Grosjeans car (Pic 3), long reach essential at this point too.  I was using my 24-105 and a Sigma 150-500 that I had at the time, if I were you I’d take all 4, make the wife carry two of em’  :P
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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2015, 05:40:12 AM »
Of the four lenses you mention I would take the:

Canon 16-35 2.8L II
Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II

And if possible a 1.4x or 2.0x mark iii TC.

Some above have suggested taking the 70-300L but that does not take Canon teleconverters well, and for my personal tastes I always prefer the Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II.

Have a nice trip.
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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2015, 06:42:21 PM »
Thanks Guys.
We are on a tour which includes a 5 day cruise with the ship berthing in Monte Carlo for the day, they say its a 10 min walk from the ship to the track.
"The Jock" you mention taking a CPL, what is this please?

Thanks for your advice & photos.

Michael

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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2015, 08:15:57 PM »
Hi Michael.
A CPL is a circular polarising filter, it is used to help enhance skies or reduce reflections from water, glass and other reflective surfaces. It is used by rotating whilst viewing the scene through the camera, it can make the difference between seeing in to water if it is clear enough, to only being able to see reflections from the surface.
Have a look at this link, https://photographylife.com/how-to-use-a-polarizer an easy to understand explanation of the benefits and uses, and where and how you can get it wrong too!

Cheers, Graham.

Thanks Guys.
We are on a tour which includes a 5 day cruise with the ship berthing in Monte Carlo for the day, they say its a 10 min walk from the ship to the track.
"The Jock" you mention taking a CPL, what is this please?

Thanks for your advice & photos.

Michael
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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2015, 08:15:57 PM »

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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2015, 11:47:24 PM »
Hi Michael,

The CPL is the perfect accessory for the Marina in Monaco, and buy the best one you can get hold of, don't scrimp on this item as it may alter the colour of your final images if you buy a cheaper variant.  I also recommend you have enough space on your memory card at the end of the race as all the boats in the harbour sound their horns and it makes for a nice video ;)
Remember and come back and post some of your photos so I can re-live my moments  ;D

Best regards
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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2015, 02:54:14 AM »
Of the four lenses you mention I would take the:

Canon 16-35 2.8L II
Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II

And if possible a 1.4x or 2.0x mark iii TC.

Some above have suggested taking the 70-300L but that does not take Canon teleconverters well, and for my personal tastes I always prefer the Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II.

Have a nice trip.
+1, I agree. Also Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II focuses faster than the 70-300L
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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2015, 05:51:46 AM »
Thanks Roo.
Looking forward to the trip.
What upper limit would you set for ISO if it's a sunny or cloudy day please?

If I'm setting auto iso I'll usually set the upper limit at 3200.  You can't get into too much trouble that way.  I think on the overcast days the highest it hit was 2500 but that was late in the day too.

 
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Re: 2015 Monaco GP Lens Help Please
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2015, 05:51:46 AM »