Andrew Bynum Slam Dunk with the Olympus E-PL1

One of the biggest challenges when you're a sports fan is getting a few memorable shots from the event and stay within the venue rules for photography equipment. Fortunately, with my compact Olympus PEN E-PL1and an old Zeiss 135mm f/2.8 lens from my Contax film days, I'm able to sit in the (not so) cheap seats and still come away with a few nice images. The E-PL1 doesn't look like a pro camera with its stock lens mounted, so I don't raise any eyebrows when passing through security.

Andrew Bynum Dunk

This shot of the Lakers center, Andrew Bynum, dunking the ball was recorded from the upper deck. Since the E-PL1 is a micro four thirds camera, it doubles the focal length of any lens I mount on it. So using an adapter, my 135mm Zeiss becomes a 270mm f/2.8 telephoto. Shooting wide open at f/2.8 with an ISO of 1600, I was able to use an action-stopping shutter speed of 1/640. (Click on image to see larger version.)

As with any sporting event, there are lots of missed shots too. But as long as I'm able to come away with a handful of keepers, and have a good time, I'm thrilled with the outcome.

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The fans in the picture don't look too happy.

Well... it was at the Warriors home court :)

Did you focus using the LCD or did you have the VF-2 EVF attached for the shot? I've been thinking about buying an E-PL1, but the additional cost of $250 (approx) for the VF-2 is making me consider getting an E-P2 instead.

Well, you're going to pay for the VF-2 either way with the E-P2 or the E-PL1. That being said, I didn't use an electronic viewfinder for this shoot. Instead, I took a regular 5X optical loupe and held it against the LCD with my eye. It's low tech, but it worked.