Monday, July 20, 2015

Shooting Atlanta Braves Game with Fuji X-E2

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 4000, ƒ/4.8, 1/2000
I went this past Friday night to see the Cubs vs Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia as a spectator.

Atlanta Braves rules for cameras
All hand-held cameras that are no longer than 5" in length are permitted in the ballpark provided they are for personal use only and do not result in obstruction of other fans' view. Tripods and monopods are prohibited. The taping of game footage and the transmission of any description or reproduction of game activity are prohibited.
The Fujinon XF 55-200mm is less than five inches, so I could take this into the park.

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 400, ƒ/4.4, 1/500
 I actually am not zoomed in all the way for this photo.

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/5.6, 1/1000
For most action shots like this I had the camera on continuous shooting mode. Here are the instructions from the manual. Double click on the photo to see it larger.

I can tell you that it isn't as responsive for sports as my Nikon D4 cameras. There is a firmware upgrade on the horizon, so I can't wait to see if this addresses the responsiveness.

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/5.6, 1/3000
While I did manage some nice moments, I wouldn't be able to use this camera on assignment. I was missing many plays because the focus would hunt and then the shutter lag was just slow.

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/4.8, 1/3000
Now if you just want to take some photos to remember the game then the Fuji X-E2 will do a great job. The quality of the images was great. Had the camera allowed me to capture the moments intentionally as I can with my Nikons then I may just drop using the Nikons because of the size and weight of the Fuji system.

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/4.8, 1/3000
The Fuji X-E2 with the Fujinon XF 55-200mm is a killer package. Extremely sharp. Since this is a smaller chip the 55-200mm is like shooting with a 84-305mm full frame camera. Consider the aperture at 200mm is ƒ/4.8 makes this great for many situations.

One more Atlanta Braves rule
Small bags, backpacks or other articles must fit within a space of 16x16x8 inches.

So due to this limitation I was able to bring in my small ThinkTank bag with the Fuji X-E2, Fujinon XF 518-55mm, and the Fujinon XF 55-200mm. It also had 2 spare batteries.

This is the main reason I have the Fuji system–it is small and lightweight. 

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