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Renting D4 for Daytona Speedweeks - Advice Requested

DigitalSpeed

Frederick, US
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DigitalSpeed Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 10th Mar 2004
Thu 09-Jan-14 02:44 AM

This question(s) is sports related but I really am looking for some input from D4 users so I am posting it here.

A little background: I am an avid sports shooter with a long in the tooth D300 (11/26/07) that has served me quite well. I am attending Speedweeks in Daytona in February and plan to rent a D4 (no D400 on horizon). The only wide angle lens I have is my 17-55mm DX. I plan to bring my 70-200 f/2.8 VRI but need some advice on an additional lens to rent with the D4 for some wide angle, car/driver and pit road shots. I have an 85mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4 and TC1.7EII as well. I am not planning on bringing the D300 but may reconsider that. I will have a Hot pass for the week so my access will be phenomenal. I am not new to NASCAR racing (see pics from a few years back) but this is the first time I will have garage access and be in the pits during the races. With that being said, I am not intending to carry a lot of gear – D4 with lens on shoulder, a couple more lenses and a flash in a small lowepro backpack. I am going to enjoy the races and spectacle. I am salivating at the chance to enjoy two of my passions at the same time: NASCAR and Photography!

Rental of D4:
* I have never used a D4 although have been shooting Nikon for a long time
* I have heard of borrowlenses.com and lensrentals. Any advice or prior experience with them?
* I would want to have the equipment sent to my hotel so I don't have to transport from MD but having never used a D4 I am concerned with learning curve coming from my D300
* When renting are the bodies reset to factory default before they ship? I’ll have to find some proven sports settings that I can preprogram via card as I don’t think I’ll have enough time to learn all the D4 setup. Bad idea??
* Tips for shooting NASCAR w/ D4, D4 tricks for setup, WB, Focus settings, etc……

Lenses:
*I will have my trusty 70-200 VRI f2.8 & TC1.7EII
* Need advice on what to rent w/ D4 - wide angle / zoom?

Any advice on any area of my plan is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

RIR Qualifying: D300, 70-200VR TC1.7

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RIR Qualifying: D300, 70-200VR TC1.7

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RIR Qualifying: D300, 70-200VR TC1.7

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