Recently I picked up a used telephoto zoom for my Olympus OM-D. The zoom is designed for the older four thirds dSLR mounts, and as a result doesn't really work very well for Autofocus (until someone releases a micro four thirds phase detect AF sensor). However, the OM-D body does offer a very usable magnification assist for manual focus. I found it quite easy to use, and was able to get some shots of the kids boogie boarding on our summer holiday.
My technique was to be a bit predictive, as well as shooting slightly stopped down. The 50-200mm lens is a variable aperture f/2.8-3.5 and I tended to shoot at f/5.6. I found the results to be every bit as sharp as my old 70-200mm Canon lens in similar conditions. While being much less useful in Autofocus, the magnification in the viewfinder was much more useful than MF on the rear LCD of a dSLR... My point in all this is to counter the idea that fast continuous autofocus tracking is needed to get sharp images of kids in motion :) No doubt it helps, but practice can get you most of the way there...
Earlier in the summer I also had some luck with swimming shots of the kids, this time with a much smaller zoom lens from the poolside...
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! It is getting hot here in Salmon Arm, and the water sure looks inviting...
Photo credits: Brad Calkins.
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