I found myself there again last weekend. It was a little different. It was very hot and humid so the indicated air temperature of 32oC felt like 42oC. Instead of being able to drive and park my car into a spot right up against the runway, I sprung for a Photo Pit pass this year thinking it might confer an advantage for shooting. It did not. They made us walk a good kilometer in the heat from a remote parking lot with all our gear to end up right beside the parked “drive in” cars. Some people were smart and had brought wheeled carts to help carry all their gear. I always travel light and had only my E-M1X, Zuiko 300mm f/4 PRO and MC14 with me. But then I had to carry a chair and an umbrella.
300mm is likely enough for a m43 body at an airshow, but I pushed the envelope slightly with 420mm. The smaller FOV is less forgiving if you are not adept at rapid panning and tracking targets but the lightness of the m43 gear (the bulk of the E-M1X body actually provides the right mass to counterbalance long telephoto lenses) makes it far easier than any camera mounted on a tripod head.
Same as last year, I booked for the day most likely to rain. There were plenty of clouds and some distant dark rain clouds but none of the thunder and lightning that I was hoping for, to give the Olympus weather sealing a real world test of course (and to see everybody else run for cover).
You might want to increase the magnification scale of your browser window to see the images at their largest and pixel peep a little in order to appreciate the quality of the resolution.
I think it’s safe to conclude that shooting in jpeg is adequate for this type of photography. Here, I prioritize high burst rate and large card capacity to an image quality superiority that I cannot see.
I can’t wait until 2022 when I can travel further abroad and take in some really incredible airshows.
Addendum Sept 5, 2021 – Images from the Annual CNE Toronto Airshow
The CNE Airshow returned this year with a limited number of performers and no reserved audience seating. People were encouraged to watch the show from the shores of Lake Ontario while keeping distance from strangers despite a projected 84% of Toronto being fully vaccinated.