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Lens for Motorsport?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by chrism_scotland, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I'm looking for a long lens to use for a few things but mainly to give some motorsport photography a try but I'm not sure which of the long lenses are best.

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  2. CUB

    CUB Guest

    Panasonic 100-300mm. It's a no-brainer.
  3. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
  4. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    Or the Oly 70-300, but I believe it's much more expensive than the Panasonic. But since it doesn't have OIS, you probably wouldn't want to use it on the GF2.

    To be honest, though, the best lens for motorsports might be one you can mount to a good DSLR.
  5. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I've got an EM-5 that I'd intend to use for this, not the GF2!!!

    I wouldn't be using anything enough for motorsport to switch back to a DSLR.
  6. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    Well here's a down and dirty suggestion you can try. Mount your native 45mm lens, set your M-5 to the 2x tele-converter (which gives you a 180mm equiv.), and do some test shots of passing cars at about f8. and evaluate your test shots using your computer software. IF the results are acceptable to you, pick up an mZuiko 40-150, they are very low cost and very sharp. You would now have an equiv. 600mm lens when using the 2x digital tele-converter. Worth a try.
  7. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Thanks folks, with the current £50 cashback the 100-300 looks like a good option and will mean I spend my cash on that and not on either a 75mm or 12mm lol (or both)
  8. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Chris, when are you planning to do the motorsport shooting? I'd be interested to see your results.
  9. chuckgoolsbee

    chuckgoolsbee Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2010
    Bend, Oregon
    I shoot mostly automotive-related stuff, including motorsports, and my most used lenses at the track at the P100-300 and the 7-14.
  10. TexChappy

    TexChappy Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 30, 2012
    Do we have a motorsports image thread stickied yet? Hint, hint.

    If I've just missed it, link it for the guy on pain meds pro favor :) 
  11. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Its something I'd ideally be looking at for August as the British Touring Car Championship comes to the local racetrack then, although knowing Knockhill it will probably be dire weather wise.

    If I get a lens I might try and get over before then though for some practice!
  12. m43shooter

    m43shooter Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 15, 2012
    I agree. If action sports photography is the primary goal, I honestly think dslr is more mature than m43. Perhaps in the future we will see faster tele zoom glass and even better CAF.

    Using dslr lenses with adapters result in slower AF performance. So 'no go' for me. Perhaps, at this point, I also agree that the 100-300 or 75-300 are best choices. I would suggest trying them both as some reports indicate that oly lenses give a bit better AF performance than other brands on oly body.

    Also experiment to find the best settings in camera for best AF performance when shooting action sports on track. Keep us posted on your decision and results.

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