If you were asked to name a suitable lens for motor sports photography I am guessing a 24mm – 70mm f2.8 zoom lens is not the first lens that would spring to mind. I would hazard a guess the first lens you would think of would be a super tele lens – a 100mm – 400mm perhaps? A 150mm – 600mm?
Believe it or not, A 24mm – 70mm f2.8 lens is a great lens for motor sports photography. It’s not the ideal lens for taking photos of the action, i.e. the race cars and motor cycles roaring around the circuit, but it is the ideal lens for the pit lane walkabout and starting grid.
When you’re down in the pit lane or on the starting grid to capture photos of drivers or riders either on their own, standing by their car/motorcycle, chatting with the mechanics etc. the 24mm – 70mm f2.8 lens is perfect. The 24mm – 70mm f2.8 lens is renowned for portrait photography and if you are taking photos of drivers, riders, mechanics, grid girls etc. a portrait lens is perfect and with it you can capture some awesome shots.
The 24mm – 70mm f2.8 lens is not only great for capturing photos of the various people at race meetings but also photos of the vehicles too, providing they are stationary of course. The 24mm wide end is more than wide enough to get an entire vehicle in the frame at close quarters.
The 24m – 70mm lens I use for motor sports photography is the Canon 24mm – 70mm f2.8L lens. This lens is tough, durable and has excellent image quality. For a rundown of the pros and cons, i.e. the advantages and disadvantages of the Canon 24mm – 70mm f2.8L lens take a look at the following clip, courtesy of Youtube:-
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