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Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM – Review

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Yes that’s correct. It has been a while since I last did a review. There is a very good reason for this too, instead of doing them on my site, I have been offered the opportunity to reach a bigger audience and do them for Cafetography. An online photography magazine that features lens reviews and tutorials as well as showcasing any photographic news. They work with my preferred place to rent camera gear, Lens Locker. So when Lens Locker asked if I would do a review for them, I jumped at the chance.

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Now, I used to own a 70-200mm f/4 L USM which I used on my now sold Canon 50D for motorsport, it seemed to be a match made for someone just starting out. However when I went full frame, the 70-200 became a little too short for me. And because I am not made of money, I started renting lenses from the guys at Lens Locker and the 300mm f/4 L IS USM became my new weapon of choice. Anyway, enough of that here’s the video. Let me know what you think, it is my first one so no doubt I won’t sound a smooth as butter.

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Attack the Night

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Now if you cast your mind back, you may remember that I have previously encountered Time Attack whilst I was at TRAX. Well from that point onwards I wanted to see a little bit more about it. You see I didn’t know much about the sport itself, in fact I had barely heard of it. All I know is it involved bat shit crazy cars. And I then found out I could see them again at Brands Hatch in November. Only this time, it would be in the run during the night. Cool huh!? I have shot cars many times before but never at night! A new challenge presents itself!

I was doubly excited about attending this event. Brands Hatch used to be one of the tracks that I attended when I was a child with my Dad, so there was the nostalgic side to it as well as the excitement of shooting a night race.
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The cars had been running throughout the day to finish off the Time Attack Championship but once that was wrapped up and the sun started setting it was time to go see the beasts stirring in the pits. This was great, these were proper race cars. Not your average drift car here, some of the engine bays were lined with gold!

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Some how, during the night, the cars sounded even louder! I am not sure if this was due to the cooler air allowing the engines to breather more efficiently or whether having your eyesight hindered made your ears more sensitive.

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Standing on the inside of druids was pretty awesome too! The cars were hard on the brakes on entry and groping for the apex, hard on the power out! It was pitch black and hard to focus on, well anything at all to be honest. A lot of other photographers were struggling too resorting to using their flashes (silly them)…

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…although a bit of flash panning was good fun. Notice how the background is blurry and the car is static? That is due to the flash lasting for just 1/3200th of a second which will illuminate and therefore freeze the car whilst the slow shutter speed is sucking all the ambient light where the flash can’t reach. Strange isn’t it.

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Anyway I hope you enjoyed something new from. There is a much longer blog post up on Fueltopia who is the media team I shoot for.

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TRAX

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Trax is not an event I have ever been to before. Silverstone is not a track I have ever shot at. Time Attack was something I had scarcely heard of. All of things changed when I visited TRAX in early September. The full write up is on Fueltopia if you fancy it. If not then here are some of my favourites.

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Spray & Pray

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Round 4 of the British Drift Championship takes place at Lydden Hill, the same as it has done for the last couple of year. Only this time, things weren’t as straight forward as they normally seem. The main contributor to this was the fact that this track wasn’t going to be run the “right way” round. It was going to be run backwards. You will notice I put the “right way” in inverted comments because running the track in reverse has been high up on drivers and spectators wish list for some time. Well for the first time ever, Lydden Hill and the BDC decided to grant us this wish.

My full story is up on Fueltopia but here are my favourites.

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Drift Allstars: The Smoke

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Welcome ladies and Gentlemen to The Smoke. The last time the capital saw this much smoke was during the Great Fire of London in 1666 and I can tell you back then it wasn’t caused by tortured rubber on scorched asphalt. The Smoke seen here today was thanks to Drift Allstars. If you follow me on facebook then you will know that I pretty fond of the event that took place in Stratford, London. However I want to show you some of my favourite shots from the weekend and why it was such a good weekend for me. During the course of the weekend I decided to change my shooting style a little bit. I was armed with a 300mm f/4 L IS USM lens and for the most part of Saturday, it did not leave my camera. This meant that I was shooting with slightly faster shutter speeds than I normally would use. Consequentially I ended up with far more “keepers” than normal. So when I returned on that Sunday I thought that as I had covered a lot of the “safe” shots that I wanted, I could spend the day dicking about. I therefore proceeded to use all the lenses I had with me which was my trusty 50mm f/1.4 USM – my beloved 135mm f/2 L USM and the 300mm f/4 L IS USM which rent from Lens Locker. I also experimented a lot more with shutter speeds using super fast shutter speeds and some super slow shutter speeds. I think the highest I went to was 1/1250th of a second and down to 1/10th of a second. As a result I have a lot of shots that look very different and it was kind of like re-discovering photography for me. Trying new things out, making mistakes and learning. I will definitely be doing it again next time!
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