Full speed ahead

Last Sunday I had an assignment from Audi to shoot at the Formula Student Germany on the legendary Hockenheimring. As usual I packed my Nikon gear for this kind of work but tossed the Sigma dp2 quattro in the bag, hoping to have a moment or two to shoot some action with it.

And that moment came. In the early heats there were no Audi sponsored cars going around (they were doing so well that they started in later heats) so I could do a little experimenting. I’m not particularly experienced in panning but that was exactly what I wanted try. After a little experimenting I found a good way to do it, using shutter speed priority and continuos drive mode. I used manual focus on a spot the track where I wanted to catch them. With the focus peaking this was incredibly easy. Using the screen in such bright conditions was pretty hard though, it is a tad too reflective for my taste.

I didn’t have too much time so I could not perfect my technique but was nevertheless quite happy with the results. Of course this is not what this camera is made for but it gave me satisfying results. The continuous mode is fast enough to get to the end of the buffer on one panning movement. I had some time between the cars so I could shoot pretty much without thinking about the buffer. Reviewing is a problem though. As you have to wait for the complete buffer to clear before you can review your shots. This made it hard to adjust during shooting.

I would not trade my Nikon gear for the dp2 quattro for this kind of work of course but it was fun trying this. The camera as a whole feels much more polished and up-to-date than the previous generations. It’s no allrounder but much more versatile than ever before.