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David Morison
21st October 2013, 04:41 PM
As the light has been so bad today it was an opportunity to do some testing of the camera with a some non-native lenses. The first was one of my favourites that I originally bought to use on the E5, the Lensbaby Scout Fisheye. Owing to it's great depth of field I have always had problems manual focusing on the E-M5, even using the magnify function, but the superb EVF on the E-M1 enables much quicker and more accurate focus. Likewise with my Tokina 12-24mm Canon mount, but the most striking effect was with my Canon 400mm f5.6L together the Kenko 1.4x with which I could achieve focus so easily that it was also possible to use it handheld. With this lens the use of the magnify function did not appear to be of any advantage and even focus peaking didn't appear to improve results. I am now looking forward to some brighter conditions to get some decent images to post here. This is a real plus for the camera over the E-M5 and not one which seems to have been mentioned much in reviews to date.

David

P.S. Just processed one handheld BIF manually focused with the Canon 400mm f5.6 and 1.4x TC - ISO 3200, 80% crop:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA210105.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/66806)

Wee man
21st October 2013, 05:58 PM
Looks good

bilbo
21st October 2013, 06:14 PM
Looks goodNot to me. It looks muddy and soft, not to put any gloss on it. I'm not sure what you mean by 80% crop David?

timmypreston
21st October 2013, 06:43 PM
Not to me. It looks muddy and soft, not to put any gloss on it. I'm not sure what you mean by 80% crop David?

Considering the conditions, crop size and distances involved I would agree with Ed.

David Morison
21st October 2013, 07:05 PM
Not to me. It looks muddy and soft, not to put any gloss on it. I'm not sure what you mean by 80% crop David?

I only posted the shot merely to demonstrate how much easier it is to manual focus with an EFL of 1120mm, handheld, using the E-M1 EVF. I'm sure you would expect it be soft and muddy, as it was taken at 4.45pm through drizzle in very dull conditions.

David

bilbo
21st October 2013, 07:15 PM
I only posted the shot merely to demonstrate how much easier it is to manual focus with an EFL of 1120mm, handheld, using the E-M1 EVF. I'm sure you would expect it be soft and muddy, as it was taken at 4.45pm through drizzle in very dull conditions.

DavidI wasn't criticising the picture. I was commenting on the comment. *chr