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airbrushjohn Feb 4, 2007 8:19 PM

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the Zuiko Digital 35-100mm f2.0 Zoom
i have been shooting alot of indoor sports lately.
roller hockey, karate tournaments, and i really need a faster lens.
the karate is ok because i can get fairly close and use a flash.
the roller hockey is a different setup. the flash doesn't work
and i have been shooting in the sport mode with the iso @ 800.
i have the e-500, my white balance is ok, i used the monopod today,
and a little better, but still not what i want. any help would be greatly appreciated!
thank you, john

airbrushjohn Feb 4, 2007 8:20 PM

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another. thats my son taking the shot.
anyway, i'm using the kit lens 40-150
and these are some of the better ones, i have few that are a little better,
but i feel the 35-100 lens would really do the trick,
since it has the 2.0 aperture it would be fast enough to get
some nice pictures. since it is over $2000 i wanted to get some
personal reviews.

airbrushjohn Feb 4, 2007 8:27 PM

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Norm in Fujino Feb 4, 2007 8:32 PM

I don't have the 35-100, but I'd love to, and am thinking of splurging depending on what PMA brings next month.
It's gotten rave reviews from people I've read elsewhere. For the use of hockey, the 150 f2 might be even better, longer reach, lower price.

airbrushjohn Feb 4, 2007 8:49 PM

cool, thank you!

satire23 Feb 4, 2007 8:51 PM

The 35-100mm is the fastest zoom on the market and makes for a great indoor sports lens. I have used it for Basketball and Volleyball in gyms,and for night Soccer.

for example:

1/500 f/2.0 1600iso @ 100mm

1/500 f/2.0 1600iso @ 100mm

1/320 f/2.0 800iso @ 35mm

Ihave foundthat shooting in raw for more control over expsure and using an Expodisc for setting the WB really help.

Internetpilot Feb 5, 2007 12:33 AM

For my son's high school wrestling, I use the 40-150mm kit lens. I bump the ISO to 1600 and shoot in aperture priority with the shutter typically ranging from 1/60 to 1/100 which allows for careful handheld shots, and I always do a custom white balance at the scene.I do have to use a noise removal tool, but as long asI stay away from the luminance channels, I don't lose any detail and the results make excellent prints and at least acceptable web shots. Red and/or green wrestling mats makes my attempts more difficult, but the blue and/or white mats make it easier. I'm sure the white floor on hockey rink would be a big help for you.

Don't get me wrong -- if you can get the better lens, that would be your best bet. But if you want to save some $, you can use what you have as long as your willing to do a little (rather automated) post processing work.

Rriley Feb 5, 2007 5:27 AM

makes you want to go out and shoot sports
~ nice job


gaggu Feb 5, 2007 6:35 AM

Hi satire23,

Pretty good shots ... Especially at those high ISOs

And that makes me wonder what PP tool do you use for
noise supression ?


Newsphotog80 Feb 5, 2007 7:10 AM

The Olympus 35-100 f2 zoom is one of the sharpest lens I own and at wide open this lens is tack sharp from 35 to 100 and everything in between.
Also snap on fast on the focus. Tom

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