Try shutter priority - set to at least to 1/500 sec. to "top the action", and set ISO to 1600 or higher, hoping that the camera will be able to set an aperture large enough to let in enough light, while getting the correct exposure.
Try also Aperature priority - set to the largest allowed by each of the lenses at a particular stage of zoom- to get in as much light as possible, hoping that the camera will be able to set a shutter speed high enough to stop the action, while getting the correct exposure.
Note that flash is not used, since it limits the shutter speed to a low level, e.g. 1/60, which is not appropriate for "action shots".
Depending on the light available, you may be able to get good shots. Experimrnt.
My wife has an Olympus E-Volt E-500 camera with a 14-45 f3.5/5.6 Zuiko and 40-150 f3.5/4.5 lens. The biggest challenge for her has been fast action shots (girls being thrown in the air) in low light conditions. Should I consider getting her new lens for Christmas or will one of these two lens work? If the current lenses are acceptable what settings should we be using?
A cheer dad