e-pl2 does the formula 1

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by edawooda, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. edawooda

    edawooda New to Mu-43

    Nov 7, 2011
    Took my trusty e-pl2 to the f1 this weekend. Did manage to secure some nice pictures which isn't too bad seeing as its my first try at motorsport photography.

    The evf does take a while to get used to in this instance and I found its behavior to be variable. Most times it would just show a slideshow while when the buffer was full it would black out completely.
    Gave up on raw as it caused more problems as the buffer would fill quickly and take ages to flush.
    Didn't use AF at all and wouldn't recommend anyone try unless you brought a true sports cam.
    Initially went with 1/800 or 1/1000 shutter speed, but while it was easy enough to get sharp shots of the cars, they ended up being rather dull shots. Changed to 1/160 and panning, while the shots are much more difficult to get, they end up being much more interesting.

    Is the e-pl2 a sports camera? No
    If I did this more often I might get a dslr to compliment. As is its good enough for the 1-2 times a year I might be shooting this. All shots were taken with the 40-150mm. It is surprising how close you can actually get to the cars. A really long lens isn't really required if you pick your spots well.

    Now for some pics:
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  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    You did an excellent job! The fence is a problem, but I'm sure that was out of your control. Your skills in keeping up with the action still shined. Especially for a first time!

    The second and third photos are my favorites. Not only is the fence less distracting in them, but the composition is right as well.

    I would not have used autofocus either. I don't trust AF to accurately keep up with such high speeds (including a DSLR), but I do trust my own manual skills and techniques. After seeing these photos, I trust yours as well. :) If only you had a better seating position, you could have gotten some really high-quality motorsports shots.

    PS, the EVF on the new OM-D E-M5 does have an option of double frame rate, to combat the lag you had found in panning. An OVF is still probably better in that regard (I have yet to try it on the E-M5), but you'll be pleased to note that the system is making improvements in that area.
  3. edawooda

    edawooda New to Mu-43

    Nov 7, 2011
    Thanks for the encouragement! It was immensely fun and I enjoyed the challenge thoroughly. I agree with the fences but as is I think mu43 can't really do much about it. A bright tele zoom will help but the crop factor means that will only be useful on certain parts of the track.

    Melbourne being the street circuit it is often the cars a very close and a long focal length is prohibitive. Certainly the dof of ff is an advantage when trying to blur the fences out.

    As a side note m43 was very much under represented. I was there 3 out of the 4 days and saw 1 gf3 with 14-42 and 1 ep3 with a 45-200. Compared to severy d3 many 5d2 and hundreds of digital rebels and base nikons. Only a handful of pentaxes but Sony slt were in abundance surprisingly.
  4. rich00

    rich00 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2011
    These are great. Wondered what it would be like taking race shots. The first time I used my e-pm1 was at a cycling race and I used AF and it was a disaster. I had no idea at the time, will now pre focus at next even.t.
  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Albert Park is a very difficult track to find any clear vantage point since there are no real elevated spectator areas. I think you did a good job to get the shots you did. I like the first one the best. You've made Massa look like he was actually going quickly.

    Go Webber! Go Ricciardo! Go Button!