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This past weekend I had the opportunity to go and shoot some indoor ice racing. Speedway on ice was held both Friday and Saturday at First Arena in Elmira, NY.

The event included Quads, Trikes, and the always exciting Speedway Bikes. Indoors is always a challenge to shoot, but even more when the action on the ice is motorized and moving really fast.


I packed my two Fuji cameras and my Canon 7D as well. I had my 70-200 2.8 lens on my canon and 18-55mm on my XE2. I cranked up the ISO on my Fuji to 2000 and started shooting the action from the bench on the ice. I used continuous focus to try and track the bikes as they circled the small track.


The XE2 worked pretty good keeping my subject in focus as I panned with them during the races. It will take some practice to get good at using a mirror less camera for sports, but I think I can do it.

My 7D is a lot easier to use for racing for sure, but I really enjoyed shooting my Fuji. I mounted a speed light using a gorilla pod on the glass next to the bench. I then went to the center of the track and shot the racers as the came out of turn two. At first my timing was off. I was trying to get them when they where next to the flash, but I soon got the hang of it. I like the effect that I got using this method. I use radio triggers to pop the speed-light.


These black n white images are JPEGS straight out of the camera, I also shot RAW as well to make sure I got the shot. The Blk n Wht images are just great out of camera.


I plan on buying a zoom lens from fuji for this summers racing season. I have a adaptor that I can use to put my Canon lenses on my Fuji that works really good, but it’s manual focus. I haven’t had to use manual focus since 1986 with my Minolta X700. I didn’t think the speedway races would be a good place to start practicing using manual focus.


So all n all I was pleased with my XE2. I did get a lot of shots with my 7D as well but that is what I planned on doing anyways. It worked out good using both cameras even though they are totally different animals.


If you have a Fuji or any other mirror less camera don’t be afraid to go out and shoot some action with it, it is fun.

Check out more images from the Speedway on ice shoot at John Zachary photography