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Old 13-09-2005, 20:36   #1 (permalink)
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Formula 1 Testing: Silverstone Thursday 15th September

Im going to Silverstone on Thursday for F1 testing. Anyone else going or thinking about going?
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Old 13-09-2005, 21:27   #2 (permalink)
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would love to, but in agony with painful elbow, so cant drive or hold camera
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Sorry I fly out to Germany early Thursday morning so I will have to pass on this
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got ahuge job, Polish national theatre or something needs acoustic treatments from a first class manufacturer, but we are doing it, lol
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would love to, car broken, small zoom range (emmasculated)
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What a miserable bunch of excuses from you lot!
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Sorry, broke my leg in 7 places, the budgies' died and I never drive in Septembers
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What a miserable bunch of excuses from you lot!
You are welcome to join me in hospital tomorrow when i get my arm looked at if you want ? LOL
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Old 14-09-2005, 18:01   #9 (permalink)
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What a miserable bunch of excuses from you lot!
And if you pay for your own ticket I will let you sit at the side of me on the plane..you'll have to find your own way once there though
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Old 14-09-2005, 18:10   #10 (permalink)
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I'd love to go but I don't think my 1 yr old would take to sitting there very very quietly while I run off and do some photography Bit too far for me tbh though.

If it was close then I may have taken him, but wandering around with a buggy and a baby boy does limit access to the more advantageous points somewhat
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Nonsense. Drivers get extra points for a baby. Get down there.
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There were 6 teams there today apparently, so it should be good.
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I really do wish I could go again, all of us that attended the last time got some great shots.

Hopefully you will do us proud Joe and show us some stunning photos on your return.
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I really do wish I could go again, all of us that attended the last time got some great shots.

Hopefully you will do us proud Joe and show us some stunning photos on your return.
Lots to live up to! Thanks!

I just wish I had a faster focusing lens than my Sigma 70-300 APO. One day......
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Guess what, its raining.
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Guess what, its raining.
More entertaining ! last time i was there in rain cars were going off everywhere ! lol
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waits for the rooster tail shots and photos of wrecked F1 cars
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Well, I'm back. It rained a bit this morning, quite a lot at times, but it was nice and overcast, so there was no porlbmes with sun reflections on the cars. It brightened up a lot this afternoon, so it was definitely worth staying after lunch.

I took around 325 pics (filled 2 1GB cards!), and have so far whittle it down to 133. I shot raw+basic jpeg, so I'm going through the jpegs at the mo.

Not sure if proper pics will be up tonight, it may be the weekend before I get them up.

The Sigma was generally ok, unless used at 200mm+, when it got really soft. Dreaming of a Sigma 100-300 F4, or a Nikon 300mm F4.....

Using ISO 400 and a shutter speed of 1/1600 I even managed to get a shot where I can read 'Michelin' on the tyres! Quite proud of that!

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Here's a taster:



This is one of the non-panning ones I took.

I will start a new thread when I have done the pics properly. Thanks all
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Glad you had a good day Joe !

Nice shot too ! Look forward to the rest !
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is that Pizzonia getting it out of shape again or is it Nico Rosberg?

Is the lens really bad over 200mm? normally with the sigma the 'bad' ones are soft at 300
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The Sigma was generally ok, unless used at 200mm+, when it got really soft.
I've been reading about this today and doing some testing with my lens (results due up in the next day or two )

And I've found that yes, the lens is soft at 200mm+, but only wide open. The trick to sharpen the lens up is to stop down a few stops. Ive read recommendations of at least f7.1 or higher. OK this limits the scope of the lens etc, but it's a little 'workaround', which I suppose is better than nothing

My tests today confirmed this btw.

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