>I'm going to the Formula One race in Austin, Tx. The track >people released the banned/not banned items. Video recorders >and video cameras are prohibited. Digital cameras aren't. >However, I'm sure a D800 or any dslr with video capability >won't be allowed. Chock one up to the video-less D700.
Great news that you're going to see the inaugrual race in Austin. The track is apparently quite nice. Go Vettel!
Alas, my love of F1, Nikon/photo, golf has me prioritizing. I'll be in Arizona in November with my golf clubs, need to take my D700, and tape the F1 race for later viewing. Too many passions! Not to mention audio stuff....
I'd say you're in great shape for capturing shots at the track with the D700. Certainly they won't be able to know that the D800 has video capabilities. Just lie!
The D700 with a nice lens will give you great shots, but you'd need suitable access. When I was in Montreal years ago to watch F1, there is quite a limitation for average viewers to get close enough to get good shots. With any luck, you'll be able to get closer as F1 in the USA hasn't been such a draw. We'll see what Austin does. I'm hoping it will be a nice track, great attendance and a wonderful race.
As you know, bringing "pro" gear always draws attention & limitations. I'd have a long lens and a short one for the environmental portraits.
Enjoy the time. I'll be golfing, hoping I don't find out the result of the race until I get home, and get some shots of the desert with my beloved D700 during the off time. Again, too many passions....
I just love Nikon!
When I'm on holidays, I am struggling between the golf and the photography. I was in Switzerland a number of years ago, and had the camera out near a road-side tee block for a small course. The two players saw me shooting a few photos, and we chatted. I told them, I don't know what I like more: shooting photos or golf balls. He let me tee off with his gear, and happily, I got it to the other side of the valley! So satisfying.
Again, the passions.... makes life so nice!
Enjoy the race, get many varied shots, and take in the atmosphere for the first race in the US in years. I wish I could be there!