A&P Film Choice...

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  1. Volkl

    Volkl New Member

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    I am a novice to photography. I will be attending the US Grand Prix and am planning on shooting a lot of film. It is supposed to be overcast/ raining. What would be the best film for high speed shots in this environment?
     
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    200 speed should be plenty fast enough. I can shoot at 1/125 sec @ f/4 in low shade with this film.

    Jim
     
  3. Sigma

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    For high speed shots you want fast film. I would suggest minimum of 400, 800 preferred.
     
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    yah 400 or 800 should be good... 200 is way to slow if you want to freeze the action... 800 is considered good "all around" film... cause you are allowed quite a bit of fluctuation with it... in darker light.

    But, bring a few different speeds of film... the sun may come out you never know.
     
  5. Kronos

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    I like Fuji Press 800. Excellent stuff. Has about the same grain as Kodak 400HD but has the speed advantage. Wider exposure latitude so it can compensate for over/under exposure by about 2 stops either way.
     
  6. Jcolman

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    Freezing the action is fine for basketball and football, but I like to
    shoot auto racing at slower speeds and pan the camera or
    shoot head on. Panning at 1/60 or 1/125 sec will give you a sharp image of
    the car but blur the background. Shooting head on doesn't require
    shutter speeds faster than 1/250 or 1/125 sec.

    Just my style. Others will differ. 400 speed film is a good choice but personally I think that 800 is overkill for outdoor use.

    Jim
     
  7. fade

    fade tie your shoe bitch

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    well, i dont think 800 is an overkill.

    how close will you be to the tracks? if you're far, i suggest going even as far as 1600 (if it rains or some shit)
     
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    yay! grain time!
     
  9. Jcolman

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    Distance has nothing to do with what speed of film you chose unless you're using a "slow" telephoto lens. If grain isn't a factor, then you can shoot whatever you want, but most photographers like to keep the grain as small as they can. I have a 400mm f/5.6 lens that I use with 200 speed in the sun and 400 speed if it's cloudy.

    My original post telling the guy that 200 speed would work was based on the fact that since he's a newb, I figured that he wouldn't be using a real long, slow lens.
     
  10. fade

    fade tie your shoe bitch

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    ya - he shoulda specified that. but im guessing he is on consumer level shit lens
    (like 4-5.6)
    :hs:

    and like i said, if its more than cloudy, he'll need that grain.
     

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