Lens selection for Chicago Marathon?

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by homebrewdude, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. homebrewdude

    homebrewdude Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 26, 2012
    I am new to 43's and new to the lenses.

    I have an OM-D camera.
    50-200mm/2.8~3.5 olympus or
    100-300mm 4.0~5.6 Panasonic

    I think the Panny is too long, but the focus is quick/accurate
    I am worried about the Olympus focus speed, but I should have a faster shutter speed.

    I am leaning towards the Olympus 50-200mm, for shots of the people running (people I know)

    Then bring my 20mm for the before/after race shots.
  2. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Unless you're incredibly fast with manual focusing, you're not going to get much with the 50-200mm. The Panasonic is probably your best bet, if the long reach is what you want.

    Personally, I think I'd go with the Olympus 75mm f/1.8.
  3. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    If you think the 100-300 might be too long, maybe consider the 45-175 Panasonic. I'm thinking the 50-200 4/3 lens might be frustrating in an environment like this to work with. Not sure you could find a non-swd version of the 50-200 for cheaper than the 45-175. Granted, the Pansonic lens doesn't have a super fast aperture, but you'll have plenty of light and IBIS plus a wide ISO range. The 45-175 is supposed to be sharp at the long end and that will give you quite a bit of reach, especially considering you have the OM-D and can crop a decent amount. This lens is under $300 from Amazon right now.
  4. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Hands down the 100-300. It shouldn't be too tight and it will focus on S-AF fast enough to capture runners.

  5. homebrewdude

    homebrewdude Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 26, 2012
    I took both lenses to my kids soccer game today.

    100-300mm had more shots and more shots in focus
    50-200mm was defiantly useable for AF, just not as good as the 100-300mm

    I found myself mostly in the 75-150mm range when shooting.

    Still a little worried about the 100-300mm being too close.

    Marathon is this Sunday, I will be taking the 100-300mm
  6. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Be sure to post pictures afterward. I haven't had the opportunity to watch the Chicago Marathon since 2006, since I left Chicago the following spring. The route would go right past my apartment and made Sundays a challenge to get on the EL, but I always loved it.