Quicker, Cleaner Lens Changes When Shooting Motorsports

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

As Jason Anderson advised in his post, How to Keep Your Sensor Clean, he suggests that you to “avoid changing lenses outdoors because dust can enter from uncontrolled areas and it’s the place where you have the least control.” Unfortunately the reality is that, especially when shooting motorsports, sometime you just gotta change lenses .

How I made this shot: This Audi ALMS race car was shot driving into The Corkscrew at Laguna Seca raceway using a Canon EOS 50D and a EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM lens (at 160mm.) Nighttime exposure was 1/500 sec at f/8 and ISO 400.

Here’s something that might help: MindShift Gear’s Lens Switch Case ($42.50) is a modular lens/accessory pouch that can be carried or attached to the belt of your favorite backpack. The company’s inexpensive ($16.50) rotation180° Professional Attachment straps make that something that’s easy to do.

This lightweight belt pouch accommodates most wide angle to telephoto lenses including 17-40mm, 14-24mm, tilt shift, 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses. In addition to lenses you can store a professional speedlight or maybe two pro speedlights or a 4×6 filter kit and accessories. All of the zippered closures can be opened and closed with one hand

An external zippered pocket holds filters, cable release or a cleaning cloth. The removable padded divider lets you protect two items placed side-by-side. A custom-fitted rain cover stows the bottom pouch.

The case measures 7 x 4.5 x 3-inched when retracted or 10 x 4.5 x 3-inches when it’s extended. The Lens Switch Case weighs six ounces and is made from 30D Ripstop PU, 210 D nylon, 140 D silver toned nylon, has YKK zippers and like all MindShift Gear products, it’s able to stand up to the elements.

It’s something to think about the next time yoy head out to the track…


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Along with photographer Barry Staver, Joe is co-author of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s out-of-print but new copies are available for $21.88 or used copies for giveaway prices—less than two bucks—from Amazon, as I write this. The Kindle version, for some reason, is expensive.