After doing several videos of my AutoCross runs now, I most definitely vote for "wide angle"
It's too distracting (and dizzying) with the standard lens.
The wide angle gives the viewer a chance to look left and right,
and actually see the same things the driver is looking at when coming into, and out of turns.
Course, now, after looking at your vids, I see my wide angle is somewhere between
your two views.
Anyway to lose the "circle" cropping on the wide angle?
Regardless, I still say go with the wide angle...it's easier on the viewers eyes.
It's also easier to critique your own runs (checking out lines/apexes and such)
when you can see more to the sides with the wide angle.
A regular video camera certainly would be better for what you're trying to do,
but there goes another chunk of money.
In case you need some more examples, here's my "vid" page.
(Please "save as" instead of viewing on the site)
Both "Malmstrom" runs are with the normal lens, the other two from "Helena" are with a wide angle.
The fifth vid is HUGE and a compilation of the whole season.
This is total coolness.
Glad to see another FF'r that's going to be posting racing videos.
There's a few of us around here, so hopefully the other folks will chime in too.