I think the OVF really helps with panning, since you always see the subject in VERY real time. With an evf, there can be a little bit of lag. Not usually enough to matter, but with something like this, ANY lag can matter. I think you just have to stand there and try following the cyclist and pan with them and when you feel locked onto their pace, squeeze the shutter. I just looked at the exif on mine, and they're generally at 1/15 of a second. The one taken straight on where the racers are blurred and the background is still was at 1/60 - those guys are moving FAST and anything slower just left a ghost that you couldn't make out as a cyclist at all.Wonderful, Russ! Ray, you already knew I liked yours from before.
So even though you were shooting at 1/30th of a second at f/8, Russ, in #0250, you still managed to lock on to this bicycler! Obviously you both photographed the racers very well. Can you give us a few tips?
Love the feeling of speed!