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Old Aug 28, 2014, 9:02 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I'd like to know what kind of lenses you are using to shoot sports (i.e. Cycling, running, etc...). I am shooting the ITU Triathlon finals this week-end and I am puzzled about it.

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Old Aug 28, 2014, 9:36 AM   #2
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From what I hear, you need something large and expensive. :/
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I haven't geared-up for or tried much sports shooting. Action sports and live bands are tough. Give me a static landscape and a tripod any day. Having said that, the most important thing for me would be a handful of memory cards because I would expect a low hit rate.
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...my recommendation from your inventory is the 50-200 followed by the 70-300
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I would recommend faster lenses as they will give more flexibility in the shutter speed.

I had good luck shooting cheer events with the 45mm f1.8 because at 15-20 feet away it would capture a full person and the fast aperture allowed me to keep shutter speed fast enough to freeze the action.

I also tried a f2.8 with a bit less success and the Panasonic 45-200 with some success but more noise from high ISO and a bit more blur.

Given your lens collection in your signature I would consider putting the 45 or the 60 on the EM5, then put the 50-200 on your E-M1, set shutter priority to 1/500 or better and adjust from there.
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Old Aug 29, 2014, 5:26 PM   #6
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First day of Triathlon shooting. I was assigned to the cycling portion ... And believe me, they are going fast!

1) tried the EM-1 with the 50-200 .... The AF is not fast enough.
2) Switched to EM-1 with 45/f1.8 ... That is working fine ... However, the 75mm will be better ... No way too expensive
3) put the 50-200 on the E-30 ... Way better AF (sunnier?) !!

So, on Monday ... 50200 on E-30, and 45 or 60mm on Em-1!
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Call me crazy but... I'd rather have a second zoom on the EM-1. I have a large collection of photos from my days of marathon stupidity and it is very clear that none were shot with a fixed length lens. If you are the lone runner, the photog will follow shoot you, keeping the same framing and then hey, a quick zoom in for the facial expression (gasping!). But, it does come down to which of your lenses snaps into focus the fastest and with a good depth of field.
I shot a 10K with my vintage E-PL1 with both the stunningly responsive M.14-42 original and a M.40-150. Bright day, 1/500 of a second f7.1-f8 at 200ISO. About a 50 percent hit rate, improved when I prefocused and waited for the runner to hit the spot. Was surprised how narrow the DOF was at f7.1 with the M.40-150.
You are doing the bikes and way faster than a runner, so way tougher. Oh, if you've got a monopod, you will enjoy yourself much more
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