Hello IEPR and Racecar fans!
Motorsports is something that I truly love watching, being a part of, and photographing. Watching people build cars and pushing them to their limits is something that I have so much respect for. Formula Drift is a special series that I get to photograph a few times a year when they are in town from their national series, where cars slip and slide themselves into corners at high-speeds to impress judges and to wow the crowds.
The first round of this series kicks off the season in Long Beach, CA, which is very local to us. In my camera bag is usually a Canon 7D, 35mm 1.4L, and a 70-200 2.8L MK2, but thanks to the help of IE Photo Rentals, they were able to upgrade me to some more proper equipment for this type of action on track. For this event, I had the opportunity of using the Canon 1DX, Canon 300mm 2.8IS L, and the Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L Mark II. I was very excited to use such upgraded gear since I have been feeling like I’ve reached the limits of the existing gear I’ve been using. I always say it’s the photographer and not the equipment, but there does come a point where inadequate gear can hold a photographer back from their potential. Of course that takes a lot of practice and a ton of actuations, but it’s very possible.
Right off the bat I felt how superior the Canon 1DX was compared to the 7D that I have been using for the last 2 seasons. The focusing speed and the frames per second using the multi-fire drive mode were the first things that wowed me right off the bat. The accuracy and the quickness of the focusing system allowed me to shoot at very slow shutter-speeds to blur the background and really give an emphasis on the cars flying sideways down the asphalt.
Check out some of these photos taken with the Canon 1DX paired with either a Canon 24-70mm 2.8L Mark II and 300mm 2.8L!
After leaving my first spot on the track, I found another shooting spot where I could utilize the length of the 300mm.
Even when shooting against the sun, the focusing power of the Canon 1DX kept impressing and gave me the confidence to be more experimental with my manual settings, something I wouldn’t have been able to do with a Canon 7D unfortunately.
It was definitely hard for me to return all the fancy gear back to IE Photo Rentals, but it was great to be able to use that type of premium gear to really push myself and get those shots I imagine. Just the fact that I was able to confirm that the Canon 7D was a limiting factor was a huge boost to my confidence. The 300mm was really nice for a few shots and the dept and speed of that lens produced some awesome photos. The Canon 24-70mm 2.8L MK2 did not disappoint either. I never had so much fun shooting wide shots against the sun with cars drifting so close by.
Until I can save enough money to buy the fancy gear, I’ll be getting my rentals from Andrew and IE Photo Rentals to support a great local shop with some of the best customer service out there.
If you’re interested in any rentals for your next shoot, be sure to Contact IE Photo Rentals and you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for stopping by and be on the look out for more of my equipment reviews!