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10-21-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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ks2 for motorcycle racing?

hi all,

I would like some advice please, I am about to purchase a ks2 with the twin lens kit 18-50 & 50-200 I will use it for general photography which I know will be good but also I would like to take motorcycle racing photo's with this kit so as a newbie to dslr 's will the ks2 be suitable for fast moving subjects even if I'm not


10-21-2015, 02:12 PM   #2

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No camera can make up for lack of practice and technique nor will it capture fast moving objects without your help. What I'm saying is that it won't be a shortfall of the camera which inhibits you, it will be your own skill. People were taking amazing photographs of motorcycle races many years ago with much more primitive equipment. 'Panning' is a skill you need to practice to get right.
The K-S2 will be everything you need it to be. Have fun
10-21-2015, 03:14 PM   #3
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Yes, high ISO and 1/2000sec. You can do.
10-21-2015, 05:37 PM   #4
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The k-s2 is a very capable camera and should work fine for Motorcycle racing if you learn how to use it correctly.

10-21-2015, 06:45 PM   #5
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What kind of motorcycle racing? Road racing? Motocross? Flat Track? Drag racing?
10-21-2015, 07:38 PM   #6
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The KS2 should be plenty capable. I regularly shoot racing, mostly flat track and motocross, and also Ice racing which is basically flat track racing on ice. I did it with my K10D and I'm now doing it with a K5. Depending on where you are shooting, you may want to consider the DA 55-300 as the extra reach may be needed. Some tracks I use every MM of my Sigma 150-500. An important thing you need to keep in mind is that this sport is very fast and it is going to require a lot of practice. Motocross doesn't require a long lens at the courses where I shoot. Most of my shots are in the 70-150mm range and I mostly go for big air shots because most of the racers like them.

Flat track is where I use the longer lenses. I want to be set up on a turn as the racers are moving horizontally to my position and it's easier to focus. It's also where the action is. That's also true of GP and road racing. You don't have the dust on asphalt but the bikes are moving incredibly fast. Get them in a turn when they aren't coming right at you. Which turn? The one with the wind to your back, blowing the dust (or ice & snow) away from you. If the sun is behind you also, you have the perfect spot!

Also, get a good tripod with a smooth ball head for those panning shots and also stability. For motocross, I shoot handheld.
10-21-2015, 09:32 PM   #7
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Hi d675r,

Check out this Russian's shots of Moscow motorcycle racing with an older Pentax than yours, the K-30:
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I was thinking the same about the lens choice. I do a lot of track shots and there are lots of times 200 is not near enough. If you are doing dirt you want to be able to get back far enough to say out of the dust storm. A Sigma 50-500mm would be a useful tool at times.

+1 to it being not about the gear too. I'm not saying I know what I am doing but I took these with a $150 point and shoot.

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10-23-2015, 11:53 AM   #9
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ks2 for motorcycle racing

hi all,

thanks for all the advice that's my mind made up, its the ks2 and plenty of practice with it before next years road race season

regards d675r

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