Whenever I am at the track I also want more reach from my lens, to get that little closer to the action. So I was very happy when Olympus announced the new 100-400MM F5.0-6.3 lens for the Mirco Four Thirds system.
I was even happier when the lens arrived last week. I will be giving it its first real test this coming Sunday when I head to Donington Park for the BMCRC-MRO bike event (on a side note it looks like the track has opened up more of the infield so hoping to get some people shots as well).
I have managed to get out and about with the lens over the last few days and my first impressions are very good. The lens is not classed as a Pro lens but the build quality and feel of the lens lend themselves to the Pro label. I know Olympus is releasing a new 150-400MM F4.5 pro lens this year but I think that will be out the range of most photographers and I am betting on a £3000 to £4000 price tag on that lens when it's released.
The lens is weather-sealed and works (bonus) with the 1.4 and 2x teleconverters giving you an 800MM lens (1600MM full frame) which can be shot handheld, all be it with an f13 Minimum aperture.
The lens has a close focus of 1.3 meters which means it is ideal for use photographing insects, flowers etc. So not a real Macro lens but useful when out and about and that close focus does not change when the teleconverters are add!
The sharpness of the images is brilliant even at 400MM, yes you do loose quality when adding the teleconverters but that is to be expected.
I can't wait to use this at the track on Sunday but here are some images (non motorsport as well!) from the lens shot on the EM1 Mk2 and a first impressions video.
First impression video and a sample video of the moon below.
See the full res images and all the exif data on my flickr album - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmQnyMri
Sunday 16th August 2020
Full image set here
Visit number 3 of the year to Donington Park circuit this time for the British GT Championship. Like every other championship this year the British GT has been on hold for several months due to Covid19. This was round three and four of the year.
The weather for Sunday was, to say the least damp! When I arrived and completed the 2.7KM ( I messaged it this time) walk to the infield (I will glad when we can walk through the paddock to the infield that’s for sure) it was raining, misty and not that warm.
This caused me issues during the day with very low light, fast shutter speeds leading to high ISO on the camera. Shooting Olympus micro four thirds this is always an issue. The small sensor means the camera struggles with high noise on high ISO images. But we have the conditions we have, so I set about shooting the action.
First up were the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB - this new championship launched as a feeder series was on its first round ever, exciting! Accept its Porsche racing and I have never been a fan of Porsche racing, its just never that interesting to me! But I was here so I'm not going to ignore the cars on the track.
A wet race was called and as you can see it was wet and dark.
One of the best livery's of the day on the Ambrogio Perfetti driven No51 IN2 Racing Chupa Chups car. Its like Candy Crush on a car.
Next up we had the British Formula 3, again another quick again the track was wet and the rain was falling.
Car 71 lost it coming out of the Old Hairpin, skidded across the track and ended up in the barrier, right in front of me. The driver Manaf Hijjawi was find if very frustrated and breaking his car!
The GT cars were out twice at this event a 2 hour race in the morning and a 1 hour race in the afternoon. The images below are from both racing. You can guess the first race was wet but by the second race the track was almost dry which lead to a headache for the teams on if to go for dry or wet tyres.
It was another entertaining all be bit wet day at the track. Watch the video below and click here for all the images from the day.