HS Marching Band Competition with mu4/3-X and Fast Aperture Tele or Zoom Question

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Penfan2010, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 SC Top Veteran

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    My son's marching band had its first of 5 competitions last night. Brought along my two low-light/high ISO specialists, the E-M5 and X-Pro1. Shot with the MkII Oly 75-300mm on the E-M5 and with legacy lenses on the X-Pro-1 (Voigtlander Cosina 15mm F4.5 Super Heliar and Olympus OM 135mm F2.8). Focus peaking on the X-Pro 1 worked really well with the legacy lenses. Shot the entire night on M mode, given that the different colored uniforms and differences in light across the field were causing the exposures to change dramatically on the auto modes. I did have auto-ISO set to 3200 on the high end, so not entirely fully manual. What really amazed me was the IBIS on the E-M5; I was hand holding a lot at the longest end of the zoom using shutter speeds between 1/80 and 1/125. Some minor blur, and the files are obviously noisier than normal, but still very impressed with the performance.

    That all said, an extra stop or two would have made a big difference, especially as the light fall-off between the brightest and less lit parts of the field was between 1 to 1 1/2 stops. Any ideas on good legacy MF lenses between 200 to 300mm with fast maximum apertures? I was also thinking of the new Fujinon 55-200mm, but that still has a max aperture of only F3.5.

    Wides with the X-Pro and 15mm; 2nd image with the X-Pro 1 and OM 135mm F2.8. All the rest with the E-M5 and Mk II zoom. JPEG on Fine mode, some PP with LR 4.4.









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  2. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Ed, I think this is a wonderful set of photos. I bet even ISO 6400 would have been absolutely useable. Given the subject matter and your immersive captures, I couldn't imagine being concerned about image noise in the least.
  3. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 SC Top Veteran

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Thanks, Chris. I am ending up in the same place as you; I checked out "reasonably priced" options for 300mm F2.8s and the downside is they are so heavy and bulky. Given that the files from the E-M5 and X-Pro 1 are very usable to 6400 to your point, I should probably just stick to the great kit I already have.