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02-21-2016, 02:58 PM   #31
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I do several outdoor cars shows every year. None of the 18-** zooms are wide enough. The cars are parked very close together and there will be a lot of people. My favorite 2 lenses are the DA 15 Limited and the DA 10-17 Fisheye. The DA 15 is very flare resistant and believe me, that's an important consideration. Acres of polished paint jobs and chrome. The older SMC version also splatter the car with those signature starbursts and car owners love seeing them. The DA 10-17 is for really crowded shows and you just can't get a shot in otherwise. The distortion is evident but cars are full of curves anyhow so using the Fisheye can be a creative tool.

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Go wide and close. Think grocery store parking lot. That's a good idea of how close the cars will be to each other. You want to be able to single cars out. My lenses of choice for car shows are the 15 and 21. I also carry a fast 50 with me just in case the opportunity arises.
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this is 24mm at f/5.6 i think, on my old k10d, if you want the entire vehicle in focus, it'll need to be stopped down a bit, i'd say experiment with that before heading out to the show... i use 28mm at maybe f/8, on ff.

ultra wide has it's place in some car shots, but the magazines weren't into the distortion that comes with it, and i didn't really like it much myself.

get to the show first thing, head straight to the high-end car section to shoot exteriors, get as many as you can in before the crowd gets in the way... you can go back later and get details.

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Nice shots guys!

I shoot a lot of cars indoors and outdoors, this is a topic to my taste!

I currently shoot mostly with Sigmas 10-20 3.5 , 17-50 and 50-150 HSMs on K-5IIs and a lot of times with GR only or paired with 50-150 (amazing combo!)

So 18-135 might be a good choice to start with! I donīt have one, but I still have Sigmas 17-70 2.8-4.5 which is a great performer also! I mostly use either end of zoom lenses..

I think wide angles are my favorites and "my thing", just bought a FA 20 for my near future K-1! Curse you LBA and CBA . DA 21 is gotta go, donīt use it anymore since I bought the GR..

A few shots:

Sigma 10-20 @ 20mm f4


Sigma 10-20 @17mm f4


Sigma 50-150 @95mm f4


Pentax FA 100 2.8 macro @f3.5


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QuoteOriginally posted by Pen-A Quote
I shoot a lot of cars indoors and outdoors
Some great pictures, the shiny black custom with all the reflected lights is outstanding!
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Also, don't shoot everything standing up. Squat down or put the camera on the ground and shoot for better angles.

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the Samyang aspherical line does a good job correcting distortion, though I would not go wider than 16mm with a crop sensor if you wish to avoid distortion. If you don't mind post processing then go wide and go fast. I have owned a Tokina 11-16mm which I really loved, howeevr the samyang wide primes do alot better than the Tokina, I had teh first rendition, non full frame variant.
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Personally, I'd forgo a tripod and bring a monopod instead since it's a lot less intrusive in a crowd. That is if you were thinking about bringing one at all.

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Personally, I'd forgo a tripod and bring a monopod instead since it's a lot less intrusive in a crowd. That is if you were thinking about bringing one at all.
I was thinking about a monopod, actually. Specifically because I needed to buy one for an evening fire show in July and figured I may as well get used to it ahead of time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RGlasel Quote
Some great pictures, the shiny black custom with all the reflected lights is outstanding!
Thank you, hereīs your bonus shot!


Sigma 50-150 @F4 68mm 1/125 ISO 2000
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I have pretty good luck photographing vehicles with my DA16-45. It used to be very popular and it's cheap!
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