Shooting 49ers v Patriots (in th rain) with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

November 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) tries to hold off New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) and defensive end Trey Flowers (98) before being sacked during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After a soggy Cal game for my first sports test with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, headed back out into the wet weather for San Francisco 49rs v New England Patriots.

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the huddle against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Though the tech rep told me I could shoot without rain gear, I was too much of a chicken to do it at the drizzly Cal game, thinking let's not break the loaner camera on it's first outing! But after one game under my belt, figured no better time to test out the weather sealing, especially with someone else's camera ;). All of my photographer friends, cameras covered in rain gear were eyeing me like I was a crazy person and coming up throughout the game "still working"? And glad to confirm yes, I am amazed how well this performed in the rain! Look closely and you can see the water bouncing off the camera!!

I dialed in my own ability to focus better. Still getting use to the extra length of an effectively 600mm 35mm equivalent with the 300 F4.

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But impressive tracking, even when on a moving subject with a lot of nearby "objects" of similiar contrast that can often cause focus to slip off the subject.

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback JaCorey Shepherd (38) carries the ball against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Which is tough compared to the easy money shots of Tom Brady passing the ball.

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I did have a card fail, (my only guess is that moisture from my sleeve got on it when I went to send my first transmit). I WOULD have missed Phil Dawson getting his 400th career field goal. But this is a key reason why dual card slots are a great addition to the Mark II, because thankfully I was dual writing to two cards, so I had a back up of the images. The card worked the second half and the camera worked throughout.

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson (4) kicks a field goal against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And that allowed me to really test out the 18 frames per second with continuous focus... here's 24 frames, at 18 fps, without hitting the buffer!

Also worth noting, I covered the whole game on one battery. Battery life is SIGNIFICANTLY improved from the original E-M1 and the E-M5 Mark II.

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (19) runs for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

As someone who rarely peeps my photos at 100% zoom and doesn't do much detailed editing (much more rooted in journalism more than I am in photoshop) I'm still trying to determine if this is a true competitor against the 1D-X in terms of the file, I welcome any feedback. Full set here.

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In terms of capability, durability, reliability, versatility, and "bang for your buck" this camera BLOWS AWAY the competition. In debating whether I should switch it's tough because it's always been canon for me and Nikon has always seemed like the alternative... but then again, I guess I'm not one interested in following the traditional path.

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ersNov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Referee Sarah Thomas during the fourth quarter between the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 

 


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