MG Car Club at Snetterton (how did the Olympus OM-D E-M1 hold up?)

Back on the 10th October this year, I was fortunate enough to go to a race meeting held by the MG Car Club at Snetterton race track in Norfolk.

The love and dedication the owners/drivers put into these machines is something to behold, particularly as MG is now a defunct brand from a new car sales perspective.

It must be said that while some of the classes racing had very few modifications, many others were only vaguely recognisable as the cars they claimed to be.  Make no mistake, these are proper racing cars.

The day also offered me another opportunity to try out the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in a high speed action setting.  Fellow E-M1 shooter, Michael Rammell, previously wrote a hugely comprehensive blog post in reply to some questions I sent him on this topic and I was very keen to try out his suggestions.

The key seems to be to use continuous autofocus, but manually select the centre focus point so that the camera doesn't have too much thinking to do.  Coupled with 11fps, the results were pleasing, although the soft light of an overcast day didn't lead to images that "pop".

For reference, the lens was the consumer grade Olympus 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II.  No doubt things would be even better on the 40-150 F2.8 Pro.

In fact most of the blurry photos I took that day were as a result of my own inadequate panning technique.  When set to a 1/1000th second shutter speed, the sharpness was excellent 98% of the time.  So more practice at slow shutter speeds required but things look promising.

One thing I have noticed with the E-M1 is the noise levels at the base ISO of 200 (where everything should be clean) are definitely higher than I used to get with my old Nikon D90.  It is not an ugly kind of noise - some have even suggested it's "film like" - but it is definitely there.

Anyway, here are a few images for your perusal.  Please feel free to leave any comments.

P.S. For you spotters, the Morgan Club were guests at the event, hence the rogue Morgans in the MG gallery.