I was pretty much blown away by the auto focus speed of the new X-Pro2 after doing some portraits and street photography. To really challenge my new camera I wanted to try some sports photography, and luckily I live close by to Regent’s Park where most weekends you can find a live game of rugby being played. After some googling I found out that Belsize Park RFC was playing Datchworth Rugby Club on a Saturday when we had nothing planned.
Match day arrived and I mounted the XF50-140mm lens on my X-Pro2, attached the camera to my shoulder strap and left not quite sure what to expect. I have never watched a rugby game before, it is not a sport which is very popular in Sweden, and none of my friends here follow it either. From a photography point of view it is always an advantage to be familiar with what you photograph, but I just had to pick up the rules and the flow of the game quickly. It was a overcast day so at least I would not have to worry about shooting into the sun which would make my day easier.
Once I was there I configured the camera.
- Continuous focus
- Centre weighted metering
- Zone AF Mode
- 8 fps drive
It did not take long before I realised shooting RAW+Fine was a mistake as I did not bring any spare memory cards. 8 fps was quickly eating up space on my 16GB cards even with compression enabled. There was nothing else to do but format the RAW card and switch to JPEG only. Classic Chrome for the win!
I felt the X-Pro2 performed well when it came to focusing and a lot of the photos were keepers. Very few shots were out of focus, but it is worth saying that even though something was in focus does not mean it was the right thing. This could be a question of technique, I am not quite sure how Zone AF Mode prioritises what to focus.
Oh and I think Belsize Park RFC won 🙂
Here are my favourite shots from the day. More can be found HERE.