Shooting 49ers v Patriots (in th rain) with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
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.
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.
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.
Which is tough compared to the easy money shots of Tom Brady passing the ball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keywords: Action, Football, NFL, New England Patriots, Olympus, San Francisco 49ers, Sports, USA Today Sports Images
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