Friday, March 30, 2007

Sepang F1

For the past one month, I had been flying around Malaysia. Those locations include Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu. Nothing interested, it's work related. There goes all my weekends which I usually spend some time doing detailing. Sorry for not being able to update my blog. Lately the Iswara had been heavily used. I gave it a quick wash (finally) last week and it looks heck alot better. However, the refinished areas start to show up orange peel effect. Perhaps it's time for a complete makeover which includes compounding with M85.
Anyhow, the F1 race will be held next week. I spent a couple of hours at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) during their practice session for shooting. Could say nothing is as challenging in terms of panning. Here are some of the acceptable shots...enjoy!

Canon EOS350D, EF70-200mm F/4L IS USM, Manfrotto 680B/234RC


Anonymous young photographer said...

hi zey

i am an amateur photographer and i admire your work! what lens should i get to replace my 350D's 18-55 ? i was thinking 70-200 f4 IS but i can imagine myself being robbed by thugs... can you help me out? thanks :D

7:07 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

Hi young photographer! Thank you for dropping at my blog. I'm an amateur as well and am still learning too. If you have limited budget and if you're very keen on telephoto zoom lens, the EF70-200mm F/4L IS USM should be able to satisfy you. It's true that it's not a cheap lens, so I would recommend you to keep your EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 II for wide angle shooting. Once you've got enough of budget, you might want to invest in a good wide angle zoom lens such as the EF17-40mm F/4L USM, or a relatively cheaper Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) lens. Hope this helps.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

thanks! very helpful advice! wow you're a person of many talents! cars, cameras etc.

any idea where to get a great price for the 70-200f4L? approximately how much? i'm trying to get the cheapest as i am only a student :P

many thanks again :D

12:09 AM  
Blogger Zey said...

You're most welcome young photographer. If you wish to save even more money, you shall get the EF70-200mm F/4L USM (non-IS). It's got great optics, but you have to shoot with plenty of light, or with at least a monopod. EF70-200mm F/4L IS USM is 50% more expensive for the extra weather-seal and IS. According to the MTF chart, it's also slightly sharper. One good place to get is Selangor Photograher at Pertama Complex. Speak to Miss May, she should be able to offer you RM2700 for the non-IS and RM4000 for the IS version.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

hey thanks! wow 4000 bucks is wayyy too much .. although pretty cheap compared to's price list...the non-is would be a bad buy...will have to suffer using it :(

oh well ... i think i'll hold the 70-200 for now...perhaps later when i'm 100% certain i can use RM4000 to the fullest :P

i'm thinking of a 580ex and 50mm 1.8 (aka poor man's macro :P) for portraits... Leos in Ampang Park seems great...and LRT accessible..should i go to selangor photo or Leos? ( )

cheers !

11:12 PM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

might i add that your honda F1 car pic is brilliant! in fact, all of them are brilliant! detail so perfect , even the "A. Davidson" is 100% visible! :D plan to enter the photographer of the year comp by dcmag?

11:16 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

Thanks for your kind words. It was just a lucky shot and I think there're many more better photographers out there. Nevertheless, I will try to improve myself continuously. It's almost a year since I started photography from zero. :D

11:21 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

EF50mm F/1.8 II is a great buy. Use it with a close-up filter and you'll get greater magnification ratio! If you want to save more, get a 430EX will do, that should save you about RM500. You can get great deals on Canon stuffs from Bo Eing in Sg. Wang too. If you shoot events often, a 70-200mm lens would be nice. :)

11:35 PM  
Anonymous young photographers said...

hey! more panning shots? judging from the quality, people wouldn't believe they were shot by 350D user..they'll probably think you'e a 1D Mark II user! nice shots again! i just got the 50mm and 580ex from Leos..that Jeff guy ain't that bad! I guess i chose the 580 because of it's master flash system... oh yes and the omnibounce too! hmm..close up filters? maybe next time..for now will use these beauties and optimise from here :D

thanks and cheers!

12:13 AM  
Blogger Zey said...

Hey! Though it's abit harder to shoot with a 350D, but still it's manageable. Lately I played with the 30D and I can say there's almost no shutter lag and AF is lightning fast (even with kit lens!). Congrats on your new equipments! Yes, one of the reasons why I get 580EX is because it can act as a commander, because I might get a 430EX as slave in future for on-site product photography. Great GN for better bounced light. Don't worry, you can get the closeup filter anytime, it's less than RM40 for the +4. Enjoy and show me your photos!

12:20 AM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

hehe ! i'll probably start a Pbase once i have at least 50 photos of a certain standard...don't wanna show lame ones :P

12:31 AM  
Blogger Zey said...

No worries man. Everyone is learning. ;)

12:34 AM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

haha okay will start one as soon as possible :)

thanks for being generous with your knowledge about photography!

12:49 AM  

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