Sunday, 13 September 2020

Olympus 100-400mm for sport, first impressions.

I finally took delivery of my Olympus 100-400mm lens so thought I'd give my first impressions of using the lens for sport.

I sold my Panasonic 100-400mm to help fund the purchase of the new Olympus 100-400mm but would I regret this decision? The Panasonic is a fantastic lens but the problem I had was when I cover sport I use two cameras, one with a Olympus 12-100mm F4 Pro lens and the other with the 100-400mm lens. The Olympus and Panasonic zoom action is in different directions and gets rather annoying when using together.

The first thing I noticed when I unboxed the Olympus was the weight of the lens, it does feel quite a lot heavier than the Panasonic. I used the Panasonic handheld for football and rugby matches but thought the Olympus was probably too heavy for covering a full 80 or 90mins so I would have to go back to using a monopod, not a big problem but something worth considering.
I never had problem with sharpness of the Panasonic and I'd say the Olympus is on par with the Panasonic if not slightly sharper at the long end. The Olympus locked on focus extremely fast and coped well with tracking football players running towards the camera so no worries regarding the auto-focus.
The only problem I found using the Olympus was the tripod collar wasn't the smoothest so rotating the camera between landscape to portrait wasn't easy. Apart from that the Olympus was a joy to use.
Because the fastest aperture of the Olympus is F6.3 at 400mm good light is needed to use this lens so using for floodlit or indoor sport isn't advisable but I have my 40-150mm F2.8 to cover those situations.

A full gallery of images, all taken with the Olympus 100-400mm, can be seen at Furness Sports

Below are a few real-life images with 100% crops.

1/1000th sec, F6.1, ISO1000, 244mm

100% Crop

1/1000th sec, F6.3, ISO1600, 300mm

100% Crop

1/1000th sec, F6.3, ISO1000, 400mm

100% Crop

Monday, 17 August 2020

Football with the Olympus 40-150mm Pro + MC14 converter

I had chance to get a bit of sports practice in at the weekend covering a football match between two local amateur teams.
My Panasonic 100-400mm  lens was packed away ready to part-exchange against the new Olympus 100-400mm that I have pre-ordered, so I had to use my Olympus 40-150mm Pro with the MC14 converter. It was a bright sunny day so the faster F4 aperture at 1/2000th sec was giving me about ISO400. The combination coped admirably with football so I'd have no problems using it in bad light if my new 100-400mm isn't fast enough.
There's loads more photos from this session over on my sports galleries at

Football with 40-150mm pro
Olympus EM1 MKII with Olympus 40-150mm Pro + MC14 converter, F4, 1/2000th sec, ISO500

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Back in action with last !

I managed to finally get out and take some sports photos this weekend, a friendly cricket match between Furness CC and Dalton CC. The sun was shining and I had chance to test out my Panasonic 100-400mm for cricket for the first time. It didn't disappoint, I'm always happy with the Panasonic in good light. With the rumoured Olympus 100-400mm supposed to be being released soon it will have to be good to persuade me to part with my Panny.
Loads more photos at

Furness CC v Dalton CC

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

From Adobe Lightroom to Capture One Pro

I decided to move from the subscription based Adobe editing software to Capture One Pro, and have started re-editing a few of my old photos, this one in from 2010.
First impressions of Capture One Pro are very good.