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Date: 26/08/2015 | By: Heather

Race the Train 2015 – Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Sample Image Gallery

E-M10MarkII, 1/250, f/ 10/1, ISO 200

Race the Train 2015 – Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Sample Image Gallery

Nearly two weeks have passed since this year’s edition of the Race the Train cross country running event took place here in Wales. Every year, runners come from all over the world to compete not only against one another but also against a steam train on our beloved Talyllyn Railway. Travelling from Tywyn to Abergynolyn and back again, the distance works out to be about 23 km or 14 miles. While it is possible to beat the train back to the station, only the fittest runners ever achieve this goal.

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OM-D E-M10 II, 1/320, f/10, ISO 200
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Racing the train – OM-D E-M10 II, 1/320, f/9, ISO 200

To document the event, I had the chance to use the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II, which was sent to us for testing a couple of weeks before the official announcement. (Mathieu used the Sony A7r II with the Sigma 150-600mm lens but he’ll tell you more about that at a later date!) You can see our full review of the E-M10 here.

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OM-D E-M10 II, 1/2500, f/3.5, ISO 200

The E-M10 II employs the same snappy contrast-detection autofocus system as its predecessor. It has a total of 81 AF points, letting you focus on a subject anywhere in your frame using either the four-way pad or touchscreen.

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OM-D E-M10 II, 1/1000, f/2.8, ISO 200

Although the autofocus system remains unchanged, the burst modes have been improved. You can now shoot at 8.5fps in sequential H mode and 4fps in sequential L mode, C-AF or C-AF with tracking. Focus tracking will only work if you choose the sequential Low mode. In High mode, the focus is locked on the first frame.

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The second and third place runners – OM-D E-M10 II, 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 200

Inherited from the E-M5 II is a brand new silent shutter mode in the burst menu. With it activated, you can shoot 5fps in sequential L and 11fps in sequential H. Even though it wasn’t useful for this particular event, it is a handy feature to have for quiet venues or when discretion is of the essence. Keep in mind that with very fast-moving subjects, you may encounter some rolling shutter in silent mode.

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OM-D E-M10 II, 1/320, f/9, ISO 200
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OM-D E-M10 II, 1/320, f/9, ISO 200

There is also a new function on the E-M10 II called AF Targetting Pad. First used on the most recent Panasonic Lumix cameras, it lets you change the AF point on the touchscreen with your thumb while looking through the viewfinder. Although it is an interesting feature, we found it somewhat imprecise. You might end up tapping the screen a few times before getting a reaction, which can be a problem if you are following fast-moving subjects. In general, we preferred using the four-way control pad with the viewfinder, or the touchscreen on its own.

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OM-D E-M10 II, 1/1000, f/3.2, ISO 200

In my experience, all OM-D cameras tend to focus very well in good light regardless of the AF mode, and the E-M10 II is no exception. Just as on the high-end E-M1, we’ve found that the optimal settings for moving subjects are as follows:

  • the smallest AF point
  • sequential L burst mode
  • either C-AF or C-AF with tracking
  • JPG instead of Raw/JPG if you plan to shoot a lot of bursts (in Low mode/JPG the camera never stops shooting)

Armed with the wonderful M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8, I used these exact setting during the race and ended up with very few out-of-focus shots of the runners coming towards me. I would guess that my hit rate was about 80%.

OM-D E-M10 II, 1/1000, f/3.5, ISO 200

C-AF with tracking in particular was very effective, especially for the runners in brightly coloured clothing. The only time it would falter was when there were many runners bunched into the frame, sometimes causing the focus point to jump to the person behind my subject. In cases like this, it is best to switch to turn off the tracking and use C-AF and the single AF point to lock onto the subject of interest. This mode too is very fast and accurate even with moving subjects.

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Even Spiderman joined in on the fun – OM-D E-M10 II, 1/320, f/7.1, ISO 200
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OM-D E-M10 II, 1/1000, f/2.8, ISO 200

There was indeed something magical about watching this year’s Race the Train take place. Last year, we made the mistake of staying in the town to capture the runners’ arrival at the finish line but the backdrop of the buildings didn’t make for particularly attractive or interesting photographs. Having more knowledge of the area this time around, we decided to walk out to the fields where we were greeted with a fabulous view of the rolling hills, a small section of the train track and a “rainbow” of over 1000 runners that stretched as far as the eye could see.

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OM-D E-M10 II, 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 200

According to other photographers who were at the race, had we gone along even further, we would have had an excellent view of the train steaming along beside the runners. I suppose we’ll have to make note of that for 2016!

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About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

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