Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Preparing for Storm Chasing Class - Lens Recommendation?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Posts
    88
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Question Preparing for Storm Chasing Class - Lens Recommendation?

    Hi there! I am looking forward to participating in a meteorology class in about a month that includes 10 days in the field storm chasing. The goal is to capture great weather systems including lightning, cloud formations and tornadoes.

    I shoot with an E500 & E520, and have a limited number of lens currently in my bag. The fastest I have is a 14-54 f/2.5-3.6 and the longest I have is a beastly slow 70-300 f/4.6-5.6. I'm feeling the need to have a better, faster lens for what I believe will be photography at a distance and possibly/probably in low light conditions. I will travel with both bodies but anticipating doing most of my shooting with the E520 due to the IS feature.

    I am experienced in shooting the aurora borealis and using manual, long exposure settings on a tripod so that isn't too worrisome for me. What I'm in need of is some advice as to what lens I should be using for the type of experiences I'm anticipating. I won't be purchasing, but rather, renting from an online vendor. Any advice is welcomed!

    Thanks much,
    Yvonne

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    5,142
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 114 Times in 99 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: Preparing for Storm Chasing Class - Lens Recommendation?

    Hi Yvonne,
    The 14-54 is an excellent lens that gives you wide angle, light telephoto, and set to 25mm, a tool for making panoramas, like this one taken in, well, shall we say moderately horrible conditions.


    Click image for full size.

    I don't see you would gain that much by getting other lenses, though you might consider a 50-200 rather than the 70-300. It is also an excellent lens, and with an EC-14 (1.4x teleconverter) for the occasions where you would need more reach you would be pretty well covered.
    You are at a slight disadvantage with the E-500 and E-510 though, as they do not like having the ISO up any higher than say 400. That does not mean you can't get pictures. Here are a bunch from 2009 taken with an E-510 and the 14-54.
    https://photos.google.com/album/AF1Q...kMM98tMNFjvkwt
    https://photos.google.com/album/AF1Q...Xm9wBm-LidNJ8q
    Good luck! Sounds like fun!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Posts
    88
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: Preparing for Storm Chasing Class - Lens Recommendation?

    Thank you for your input and thoughts . . . and reassurances Dan. (I tried to open the two links, but got a 404 error message.)

    I have liked the 14-54 for aurora & other night photography . . . for some reason, I thought I might need more distance . . . but from what I'm learning, many are successful with the range of equipment I have. The 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 is what I was considering as a rental. It's a pretty reasonable fee, so I may do that too!

    I haven't worked with converters in the past . . . if I do get the 50-200, how essential do you think it would be and would I *have to have* the converter? Are they difficult to use . . . and please confirm . . . it would add just one f-stop?

    Yvonne

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Ayer, Massachusetts, USA
    Posts
    4,641
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 22 Times in 19 Posts
    Feedback Score
    20 (100%)

    Default Re: Preparing for Storm Chasing Class - Lens Recommendation?

    Hopefully you can find places to rent classic 4/3rds gear like the 50-200mm. My sense is places that used to rent out classic 4/3rds lenses (like lensrentals.com) have switched to micro 4/3rds only.

    In terms of storm chasing, the thought comes to mind that eventually the storm comes to you. It might be better if you had an E-3 or E-5 that is weather sealed (and the weather sealed 50-200mm), but obviously that would come at a cost. So, you need to make do with what you have or what you can afford.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    5,142
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 114 Times in 99 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: Preparing for Storm Chasing Class - Lens Recommendation?

    Hi Yvonne,
    Oops, try these...
    https://goo.gl/photos/Gyqmpp9aEosxwoUF6
    https://goo.gl/photos/GpeSacX5XwUQm9bG8
    A converter is very easy to use, just put it in between the lens and the camera, and yes, you do loose one stop of light. The EC-14 combines very well with the 50-200, and is optically still sharper than the 70-300 at 300mm.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •