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A weekend of vintage motorcycles and racing, what could be better?


I'll be taking the Scrambler to this event this weekend for a little "R&R". Was a participant a couple of years ago, but just a hired photographer and enthusiastic spectator this time around.

It's a really great event - the facility is very nice, and the racing is awesome. There is a big swap meet with tons of vendors, a bike show, food and live music throughput the weekend.

Here is a LINK to NJMSP for more details, and another LINK to their FB page for this event.

I'll be camping in the paddock all weekend, you can have a look HERE for photos and live updates from the event.
 

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That looks like it will be super fun! They do an event like that here at COTA every year. I seem to always miss it somehow.

I hope that you shoot loads photos and share with us.
 

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Oh, there will be tons of photos (this is a paying photo gig for me).

Won't be able to post them up here though, due to "contractual obligations".

If you want to see them, you'll have to hit the link in the first post.


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Ready to roll, bit of a bodged pack job - too much photo equipment to bring.

Stay tuned...




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Home sweet, Paddock home...




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Britton...




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Those wide bars make a fine clothesline.




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Absolutely no drones...




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Lot's of fun, but a totally exhausting weekend.



It was a "paying gig" for me, so I can't share all the photos, but HERE are a few select ones.
 

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Nice. What do you shoot with?
Oh, a lot of different stuff...

My primary rig is a Canon 5D MKIII (full frame), but when I'm travelling "light" - like this event - I gravitate towards micro four-thirds stuff. I had my Olympus EM-5, with a 40-150mm f/2.8 ED PRO lens (for most of the track stuff) along with my Fuji X100S (for the slower moving shots) with me for this particular weekend.

Makes packing the bike a whole lot easier.
 

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Nice. I shoot with a 7D and am working though the benefits of going full frame. I just saw that new 5Ds and am kind of swooning. I am hoping that it brings the MkIII down to something that I am more apt to shell out for. The other part of me wants to have the newest and bestest, naturally. However, with the savings, I could pick up a 70-200 f/2.8... Just saying.

I don't really have a "Running Light" rig. I like shooting with the big stuff. It is not convenient at all though. :/
 

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Nice. I shoot with a 7D and am working though the benefits of going full frame. I just saw that new 5Ds and am kind of swooning. I am hoping that it brings the MkIII down to something that I am more apt to shell out for. The other part of me wants to have the newest and bestest, naturally. However, with the savings, I could pick up a 70-200 f/2.8... Just saying.

I don't really have a "Running Light" rig. I like shooting with the big stuff. It is not convenient at all though. :/
When you travel as much on two wheels as I do, you really start to appreciate the size and weight savings of the smaller stuff.

There a re plenty 5D MKIII's out there now, for greatly reduced prices. To be honest, the MKII is more than enough for most "serious" amateurs. You know how it goes, though. High end camera gear is like nuclear proliferation - a constant battle to "keep up", but - at the end of the day - it's what is behind the camera that matters most.
 

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When you travel as much on two wheels as I do, you really start to appreciate the size and weight savings of the smaller stuff.

There a re plenty 5D MKIII's out there now, for greatly reduced prices. To be honest, the MKII is more than enough for most "serious" amateurs. You know how it goes, though. High end camera gear is like nuclear proliferation - a constant battle to "keep up", but - at the end of the day - it's what is behind the camera that matters most.
I couldn't agree more. I earn money with my camera, so I find that I am a little more serious about it than most amateurs. I have found the 7D to be fantastic in many many regards, but the MkI is a very old body at this point, and if I am going to shell out for a new body, it makes little sense to move laterally. The 7D MkII is a great update to the 7D, but I want that full frame. Also, the pixel count of the 5D S is just an exercise in silliness for my purposes. My 7D has a LOT of actuations on it, and I want to move it to a backup or effectively a zoom multiplier instead of a primary.
 

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I couldn't agree more. I earn money with my camera, so I find that I am a little more serious about it than most amateurs. I have found the 7D to be fantastic in many many regards, but the MkI is a very old body at this point, and if I am going to shell out for a new body, it makes little sense to move laterally. The 7D MkII is a great update to the 7D, but I want that full frame. Also, the pixel count of the 5D S is just an exercise in silliness for my purposes. My 7D has a LOT of actuations on it, and I want to move it to a backup or effectively a zoom multiplier instead of a primary.
Full frame is awesome, especially when the light is poor to non-existent. That's where you will see the real difference from your 7D - at super high ISO levels. At reasonable ISO, APS-C (or even 4/3) is just as good. I've done plenty of magazine work with 4/3 - it's gotten really good in the last few years - but when the light gets low, full frame is king.
 
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Full frame is good for portraits, architecture or wide angle stuff but cropped is good for sports, wildlife, or anything telephoto. It seems to me it's usually which ever sensor is newer is better. I will take my Nikon D7100 sensor over a Canon 5D Mk1, for example. In terms of high ISO performance, that is.
 

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Full frame is good for portraits, architecture or wide angle stuff but cropped is good for sports, wildlife, or anything telephoto. It seems to me it's usually which ever sensor is newer is better. I will take my Nikon D7100 sensor over a Canon 5D Mk1, for example. In terms of high ISO performance, that is.
That's a pretty unfair comparison - matching a DSLR that originated back in 2005 versus the Nikon which came out in 2013. 8 years is more than several lifetimes in the camera world.

Compare the D7100 with ANY full frame of of the same vintage, and it's "game over" - especially with respect to high ISO performance. Where the crop sensor cameras really shine is video performance, IMO.
 

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Well yeah :) I thought your statement meant to say that an original 5D trumped a modern APS camera. I'd rather have a full frame for video for more control over DOF.

But I don't do video and nobody has ever paid me to take a photo, so I may not know what I'm talking about. I just like dinking around with photography.
 
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