FAST & FURIOUS
BOBBY TONELLI AND THE LEICA SL
When trying to capture action, especially in a show like Celebrity Car Wars, you need a camera that is quick but also has usable shots. Many times we hear about extreme numbers in the FPS (frames-per-second) category, but real world versus spec sheets is something completely different. But also an important feature in high speed photography is the speed at which the camera can auto-focus.
More times than not, we lose those "money" shots because the camera couldn’t lock onto the subject quick enough.
Now, if you are using a very fast lens, for example the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4, you need to take into account the factors that can slow down auto-focus and tracking. But something like the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4, or even the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH and Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH, you have a fast enough lens for stunning portraiture, and while staying wide open at f/2 or f/2.8 respectively, can track fast enough to get the shots.
Because of the distance I needed from the action, I once again relied on the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm. Actually, this became my favorite lens to shoot with on this show because of the versatility; and by nature I'm more of a prime lens photographer.
Maxing out the speed of the camera at 11 FPS, I was able to really freeze-frame in many of the action shots. While we weren't fans of filming in the rain, having the element of water brings a lot of dynamic to the shots.
I have to say, the Leica SL performed very well, especially with regards to high speed photography. To be honest, I wasn't sure how the Leica SL would be in this environment, but I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.