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Old Feb 19, 2011, 8:40 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, im the brand new owner of an Olympus E-450 and i want to use it mostly for sports action shots but with all the settings on the camea and words i dont understand i feel lost, the lense i got with the camera is a 14-42mm 3.5-5.6 which i dont find great for zooming up close,

could somebody please help me sort out what aperture and shutter setting i should be on and what type of lense i should buy for good quality zooming for sports action pictures, before i give up altogether,

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Old Feb 19, 2011, 9:58 AM   #2
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Hi,

The answer to your question is good bit more involved than what can be explained in a post or two. Reason being, there are many types of sports/action photography, low light indoor sports will require fast lenses, outdoor and how close you can get to the action will determine what lens is required, and on and on it goes.

My suggestion, would be to google: sports action photography and read some of the articles that come up.

One such article that I think would be a good starting point is:

http://www.astropix.com/SPORTSPIX/NSC/NOTES.HTM

This site discusses the equipment requirements, techniques needed, a breakdown of technical terms so that all of us can understand.


Another suggestion is a getting a "how to" book on digital photography.

Scott Kelby is the author of a book called The Digital Photography volume 1.
It is a good book an easy read that explains how to get the most out of a digital camera. He goes over the basics of different styles of photography, including sports action photography.


I can say that most Olympus owners use the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 Ed or SWD version lens ($900USD) when shooting fast action. That's not to say that you can't use other lenses. for low light, indoor sports , If you can get close to the action, a 50mm f1.4 lens ($500USD) made by Sigma would be a possibility.

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That's a great site Zig...I admit I was wondering what to say and yet not discourage.

Lilypooh, here's a site that gives you a visual idea about lens focal lengths...note you have to select "35mm film" (the icon to the left of it is yellow) and not digital, and any focal length you select you have to divide the number by two. For instance to see the effect of your 14-42mm you have to use 28-84mm on that page:
http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/lea...comparison.php

I should point out that Tamron does not make lenses for our camera, but I still like to use that site.

To learn some of the Olympus specific basics about your new camera check out:
http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/
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That's a great site Zig...I admit I was wondering what to say and yet not discourage.

Lilypooh, here's a site that gives you a visual idea about lens focal lengths...note you have to select "35mm film" (the icon to the left of it is yellow) and not digital, and any focal length you select you have to divide the number by two. For instance to see the effect of your 14-42mm you have to use 28-84mm on that page:
http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/lea...comparison.php

I should point out that Tamron does not make lenses for our camera, but I still like to use that site.

To learn some of the Olympus specific basics about your new camera check out:
http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/


Hi Mike,

Thanks for your words of support, Mike. They are much appreciated. And, you hit it on the head regarding not wanting to discourage Lilypooh's enthusiasm for the new camera.

There are times,though, when the best answer is to direct the OP to run a google search as there are just too many nuances to this type of photography to give a short, quick answer.

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