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Experiencing Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

My dad got passes to the Formula 1 Grand Prix Day 2 (Saturday) race at Zone 1. Thanks to dad, I experienced the F1 race for the first time.

NX11 16mm F2.4 1/350s ISO100

Instead of bringing my bulky DSLR, I brought the compact Samsung NX11 and the latest 16mm and 18-200mm lenses. I also threw in the Nikon 10.5mm fish-eye lens with the NX-mount Nikon adapter I recently bought.

EXIF: NX100 18-55mm at 55mm F5.6 1/50s ISO800

Manual focusing with the 10.5mm can get a little tricky, because with the extreme wide-angle, I was barely able to see the focus accuracy on the LCD screen. But I discovered a little trick: look for moire effect on the subject area that you want to be in focus.

NX11 Nikon 10.5mm F2.8 1/100s ISO100

NX11 16mm Panorama mode

There was never a serious intention to capture the F1 cars using my consumer-grade setup, but I was happy with the versatility of my lens combo, which covers from 10.5mm to 200mm focal length. The NX11 did well in offering both the EVF and the AMOLED 3″ monitor to frame my shots.

Still images do not justify the exhilaration of F1 race, so I captured the moments in video.

Too fast? Here’s a 80fps footage taken with Fujifilm Finepix F550EXR.

It’s an interesting perspective when you shoot at a slower fps. Here’s a better catch of the Porsche Carrera Cup.

Personally, I prefer to watch the F1 race action at home, but being on-location with all the noise is an entirely different experience. Love the carnival mood.

NX11 16mm F2.4 1/160s ISO100

NX11 18-200mm at 18mm F5 1/125s ISO100

NX11 18-200mm at 20mm F6.3 1/60s ISO200

NX11 18-200mm at 18mm F6.3 1/40s ISO1600

NX11 18-200mm at 200mm F6.3 1/80s ISO1600

NX11 16mm F2.4 1/20s ISO1600

NX11 18-200mm at 200mm F6.3 1/160s ISO1600

NX11 Nikon 10.5mm F2.8 1/3s ISO400

NX11 Nikon 10.5mm F2.8 1/10s ISO400

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