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brian1208
10th October 2013, 06:12 PM
Here are my first shots in this new thread.

It would be nice if others playing with this subject felt they could upload their pics and information here so that we can generate a single source of info for others to share. What do you think?

I've modified my pics so they contain the key shooting information in this series. All shot with the 75-300, hand-held with IS1 set and SAF (I tried CAF and CAF tracking again - not for me under these conditions)

http://imagesfromnature.foliopic.com/images/sites/21/gallery/original/gull-with-iso1_1381427853.jpg

a miss-focus

http://imagesfromnature.foliopic.com/images/sites/21/gallery/original/gull-with-iso2-blur_1381427855.jpg

http://imagesfromnature.foliopic.com/images/sites/21/gallery/original/gull-with-iso3_1381427856.jpg

http://imagesfromnature.foliopic.com/images/sites/21/gallery/original/gull-with-iso4_1381427857.jpg

I focused on the landing Gull, it focused on the one in the water! :o

http://imagesfromnature.foliopic.com/images/sites/21/gallery/original/gull-with-iso-6_1381427852.jpg

(I'm very impressed with the way this camera handles high ISO images, the noise seems to be very well controlled)

Just realised that I didn't comment on how well or otherwise the AF worked in these conditions. Not quite as snappy as with the 35-100 or 40-150 yesterday and it hunted a bit when shooting into the bright sky but I still think its faster than the EM-5 in these conditions. I was able to do more successful "grab-shot shooting with a reasonable degree (around 50%+) of confidence it would grab the subject (based on around 600 frames shot today)

Using single, small central point or central 9 point cluster (it is 9 not 6 as I wondered yesterday)

Zuiko
10th October 2013, 07:39 PM
These are great results with SAF but your experience still leaves a question mark over CAF. :)

brian1208
10th October 2013, 08:03 PM
Thanks John, still leaves a question mark over CAF, remember - I'm the man who couldn't get CAF to work with the Canon 7D for BIF :o

I'm sure the next time I shoot windsurfers or maybe even the bike racing this Saturday, I'll find it works OK (as it does with the EM-5)

birdboy
10th October 2013, 08:41 PM
I'm sure the next time I shoot windsurfers or maybe even the bike racing this Saturday, I'll find it works OK (as it does with the EM-5)

If you're going to Brands Hatch will that be bikes in flight:eek:

The shots I would like to try when my EM1 12-40 kit arrives is from druids corner looking towards paddock bend. There is a gap in the fencing which photographer favour. It would really test out the CAF. Just as they come out of paddock bend keep the bikes in frame and hold down the shutter in multiframe that should test the CAF. My E5 just manages most frames.

Have a good day.

John

brian1208
10th October 2013, 09:04 PM
No, its Thruxton on Saturday, N Glos Club meet (and its supposed to be a foul day! :( )

Brands would be nice though :)

drmarkf
10th October 2013, 10:16 PM
... from druids corner looking towards paddock bend. There is a gap in the fencing which photographer favour. It would really test out the CAF. Just as they come out of paddock bend keep the bikes in frame and hold down the shutter in multiframe that should test the CAF. My E5 just manages most frames.

Yes, a favoured spot with a good success rate in the past with my Nikon D300 and 70-200 VRII with 1.4 TC - I'd be very interested to see how the M5 and/or M1 do there (I must go back with them next year!).

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3680/10196771075_776d9404cb_b.jpg

brian1208
11th October 2013, 05:35 AM
I've just spotted Chevvy's thread on shooting birds with the EM-5 and EM-1, don't know how I forgot it but that seems the sensible place to continue storing images and information on this, sorry - didn't mean to start a duplicate :o

Chevvyf1
11th October 2013, 09:47 AM
I've just spotted Chevvy's thread on shooting birds with the EM-5 and EM-1, don't know how I forgot it but that seems the sensible place to continue storing images and information on this, sorry - didn't mean to start a duplicate :o

Brian, two is better than one thread on this :)

I have some to add :eek: I forgot to MySetup1 the Matt Hope settings ... duh !

But I had lots of fun ... most important I am getting used to the little ONE ... although I am still VERY MUCH missing the E-5 "we melded well" and had two great years together :D and I have "gone back to E-5" using Nicks ... :eek:

I find the ONE so small and I am having to learn respect for the tiny 75-300 lens (in comparison to the 50-200 SWD) - it is so different to handle and use :(


ANY WAY, here are a few ONE images to be browsed :)


http://www.flickr.com/photos/photomagicf1_chevvy/10196237644/

Xenon
11th October 2013, 09:54 AM
These are very good, Chevvy, very encouraging :)

Good to see you in Pied Piper mode on the beach too ;0)

Looked like a fun day out!

Brian, two is better than one thread on this :)

I have some to add :eek: I forgot to MySetup1 the Matt Hope settings ... duh !

But I had lots of fun ... most important I am getting used to the little ONE ... although I am still VERY MUCH missing the E-5 "we melded well" and had two great years together :D and I have "gone back to E-5" using Nicks ... :eek:

I find the ONE so small and I am having to learn respect for the tiny 75-300 lens (in comparison to the 50-200 SWD) - it is so different to handle and use :(


ANY WAY, here are a few ONE images to be browsed :)


http://www.flickr.com/photos/photomagicf1_chevvy/10196237644/

Chevvyf1
11th October 2013, 12:32 PM
These are very good, Chevvy, very encouraging :)

Good to see you in Pied Piper mode on the beach too ;0)

Looked like a fun day out!

The OOC & not sharpened ones do not show as much detail captured by the camera+lens so I put up these for the detail as most people want to do some pixel peking :) :cool:

Well, I am thinking it may help me to be better at Bif :) the ONE +75-300 it is CERTAINLY much much lighter that that dreadful heavy 300 or 90-250 lenses :)

Pied Piper, works well for them all to go to sleep in the car on the journey home :) but ... :rolleyes: not yesterday they were all awake, toddlers too :) 45 mins of singing and clapping songs ... still ! ... it was Thursday and our last workday with them all until ... Monday ! *chr

brian1208
11th October 2013, 01:51 PM
ONE +75-300 it is CERTAINLY much much lighter that that dreadful heavy 300 or 90-250 lenses :)


how are you finding its affecting your hand-holding technique Chevvy?
I still find the system almost to light for hand-held stability when shooting at full length and end up with the lens wavering all over the sky on a bad day

Chevvyf1
11th October 2013, 02:05 PM
how are you finding its affecting your hand-holding technique Chevvy?

I still find the system almost to light for hand-held stability when shooting at full length and end up with the lens wavering all over the sky on a bad day

YES ! its like that for me too :) tooo "toy" really ! I think it shall be much improved with the Grip and extra battery weight/size :) I am thinking of using a monopod more :) esp. for "walks" as here along the beach when a tripod would just get in the way :) ... or maybe my chest tripod with neckstrap - although that is restricting movement :rolleyes: and the chest is shrinking :eek: TG :D

I am trying to get used to such a small - yet powerful lens as this 75-300 and to hold it under the lens barrel with my left hand and then :) to turn for manual focus :eek: ... (thats the next step for me)