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David Morison
6th October 2013, 10:14 AM
I thought start a thread for peeps to post their E-M1 BIFs as they come along. I'm still involved with the Grandchildren so have little chance to get out after birds. However as I said before I have a Rookery about 120 metres from my house so this occasionally present opportunities to photograph these comical, charming Corvids in flight. I've fiddled with the settings and am getting some results although I don't get as many keepers yet as with the 7D, however the IQ is superior to the Canon and noise levels are considerably reduced so the future is rosy. Acquiring the image initially is still a problem but of course I am only using the 75-300mm and I would imagine a faster prime with focus limiter would do a lot better. Andy Elliott with the ED300mm f2.8 at the Rutland testing session found acquisition much quicker. He has superior skills in this area but I think the prime lens is a factor - we must hope that Olympus will eventually develop a faster (than f6.7) prime telephoto to match this camera's undoubted capabilities.

One in better light from this morning, near 100% crop:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA061028.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/66336)

Show us yours when you get them, I am sure we can do better than this.

David

Xenon
6th October 2013, 11:46 AM
I thought start a thread for peeps to post there E-M1 BIFs as they come along. I'm still involved with the Grandchildren so have little chance to get out after birds. However as I said before I have a Rookery about 120 metres from my house so this occasionally present opportunities to photograph these comical, charming Corvids in flight. I've fiddled with the settings and am getting some results although I don't get as many keepers yet as with the 7D, however the IQ is superior to the Canon and noise levels are considerably reduced so the future is rosy. Acquiring the image initially is still a problem but of course I am only using the 75-300mm and I would imagine a faster prime with focus limiter would do a lot better. Andy Elliott with the ED300mm f2.8 at the Rutland testing session found acquisition much quicker. He has superior skills in this area but I think the prime lens is a factor - we must hope that Olympus will eventually develop a faster (than f6.7) prime telephoto to match this camera's undoubted capabilities.

One in better light from this morning, near 100% crop:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA061028.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/66336)

Show us yours when you get them, I am sure we can do better than this.

David

Thanks David for posting these initial thoughts.

I'm particularly interested in your comparisons with the 7D, particularly in low light and with respect to IQ, as this was a serious alternative for me this Summer.

Can you please elaborate on your conclusions if possible?

Like you I feel the 75-300 is probably going to be surpassed at some stage soon ( Listening Olympus?) but look forward to using my E-M1 when it comes in a couple of weeks or so.

Please keep the pictures coming, when your Grand Parental duties allow, and thanks for getting the ball rolling! :)

Alpha1
6th October 2013, 02:59 PM
Thank you David, it is early days yet but I managed similar results of a helicopter in flight over my house......! I had set the E-M1 to c-af+tr set at the lowest frame rate. It certainly followed the helicopter but I still consider the results not yet quite sharp enough although I still had the default AEL/AFL square set rather than the reduced version.

I will try it out with the Panny 100-300 which is slightly sharper and faster than the Oly lens. It is also heavier and bigger!

On the plus side though, I really enjoy using the various buttons and levers to provide quick changes to essential settings without trawling through the menu, and when you get it right, it is one seriously sharp image machine.:D

David Morison
7th October 2013, 11:00 AM
Another couple but still in poor light and in the first, slightly misty conditions:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA071266.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/66378)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA061191.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/66375)

David

David Morison
7th October 2013, 02:07 PM
And another, 100% crop:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA071265.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/66379)

From my back door.

David