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Old 27-06-2010, 20:33   #1 (permalink)
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Which lens is best to use for the Tour de France. We are so fortunate that they are coming through our little city next sunday Would the 70-200 do? I haven't got another body to swap lenses. I don't know if I'll get much space to move around and if I stand far enough to take good photo's with the 70-200.

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Old 27-06-2010, 21:47   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tour de France is coming passed

I've never shot cycling, but I would imagine that it all depends on where you are going to be positioned. If you literally at the side of the road with a restricted view of approaching riders, I think the 70-200 will be too long and the 24-70 would be a better bet. If you are going to be positioned on the outside of a bend or corner where you will be able to see them approaching and are not too close to the apex of the corner the 70-200 will be better.

Although you will not be able to simulate the crowds, you could try taking your camera out to some of the positions on the route where you expect to be able to stand and get Hubby or a friend to ride past to get a feel of what to expect.
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Old 28-06-2010, 14:41   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Tour de France is coming passed

Your 70-200 is fine, it's what I use almost all the time for cyling shots. See if you can get to a point where the bunch are either cornering, or coming at you down a long straight, if possible position yourself low down on the kerb, but not on the outside of the corner, in cas the riders come off, in which case they will go straight into you. Shoot at the lowest ISO you can get away with and set to apeture priority at around f7 & keep shooting. Get them coming towards you and then try a couple of panning shots as they go past.

One word of warning, please do be very careful, if it's a flat stage the riders will be going alot faster than you are expecting, keep off the road as if you got hit you could be seriously injured.
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Old 28-06-2010, 19:28   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Tour de France is coming passed

You are so lucky to be able to see the TDF in the raw - I'm a big cycling fan
I would reiterate the previous warnings - all too often you see photographers on tv coverage taking unnecessary risks while trying to get the perfect shot and also in danger of distracting the cyclists

Having said that, have a great time and look forward to seeing some spectacular shots
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Old 28-06-2010, 20:04   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Tour de France is coming passed

Very good tips. I thought so as well to take the 70-200 and the 24-70 just in case. I wouldn't mind finding out the exact route. But I have been looking around and now a little bit. Been looking for nice bends as well. I would love to get some nice panning shots. I haven't done that for ages. Good time to practise. Going on my own as well, so I will have plenty of time and I can move or walk a long way to find my right spot

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Re: Tour de France is coming passed

I have tried photographing the Tour Down Under - smaller lens for sure if you a just on a straight the tracks aren't all the wide
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Old 30-06-2010, 15:40   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Tour de France is coming passed

But you can photograph head on with a longer lens & get the facial expressions and a nicely OOF background.
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Re: Tour de France is coming passed

Well they are going over the motorway which is going to be closed off for a few hours. So surely I will have a little bit of space on there. Anyway, I'm gonna take my 70-200 and 24-70 for this.
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Re: Tour de France is coming passed

If they are on the motorway you'll have plenty of space. I often use my 70-200 for panning on a Dual Carriageway from a lay by.
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Arh ok, well they are coming past the dual carriage way nearby here
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Re: Tour de France is coming passed

I would also say the 70-200 would be your best lens to use.
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