VSCC at Prescott gallery now live

A gallery of over 770 images has now been uploaded to the website. I was fortunate in getting a spot between Orchard Corner and Pardon Hairpin which meant I could get one shot as they approached from Bridge with my 70-200mm lens, a second shot at the corner with my 28-75mm lens and then back to the 70-200mm for an upwards shot as they left Pardon – so three shots of each car. Of course it helps that I had two camera bodies in use – I couldn’t have changed lenses that quickly! It was only when I downloaded them into Lightroom that I realised that there must be a 30 second difference in the time set on each camera body because they are slightly out of sequence.

Jeremy Flann in a 1918 Curtiss Le Zibre Special 8200cc

Goodbye old friend

A number of years ago I bought a Sigma 50-500mm zoom lens off my cousin-in-law who found it uncomfortable on his shoulder (it is quite a hefty beast). I used it for motorsport photography almost exclusively until I purchased a much faster Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 and a 1.4x teleconverter. Since then I have only used it occasionally – usually at Loton Park to get shots of Fallow bend from the top of Museum. Towards the end of the 2020 season I used it and found that the zoom ring was very stiff at the lower focal length end but it seemed to free off and I thought that was the end of it.

However, I took it to Curborough in early May and now found that the zoom ring was pretty much locked solid. I played around with it and eventually it freed up again and I was able to use it – until suddenly it stopped focussing and all I could hear was the internal motor whirring with no movement of the elements.

Strangely, when I tried it again at home it was focussing fine but now the zoom won’t retract fully to the 50mm position which prevents the lens from being locked. I am guessing that there is something loose inside which is why I get these variable faults but a repair charge in the region of £300 has made me think that it is time to let it go. To be honest I don’t use it very often and it isn’t anywhere near as sharp as the Tamron (hardly surprising when you think how much glass must be inside to achieve that focal range). The solution has to be to say goodbye and it will go in with the recycling.