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Alpha1
8th November 2013, 03:06 PM
I have just today returned from Namibia where temperatures range from desert dry 47C to 12C and very wet conditions on the skeleton coast. My E-M1 behaved faultlessly with no lock-ups at various IBIS settings and using CAF and SAF.

To be fair my E-M5 performed equally well with wide angle zooms, the E-M1 using either a Panny 100-300 or mZuiko 75-300 for the wild life shots.

Namibia's road infrastructure is still quite primitive but leads to very picturesque and dramatic landscapes so both cameras are now covered in dust and red sand not to mention lashings of Pelican Guano and sea water! A good clean and TLC is the next job to be tackled after which I shall start to process well over 2500 images...some might find their way here eventually.

Meanwhile the bumpy roads and harsh conditions speak volumes for both cameras, but I know now that the E-M5 will be replaced with another E-M1 very soon. It is just such a lovely camera to use! *chr

Ian
8th November 2013, 03:11 PM
I have just today returned from Namibia where temperatures range from desert dry 47C to 12C and very wet conditions on the skeleton coast. My E-M1 behaved faultlessly with no lock-ups at various IBIS settings and using CAF and SAF.

To be fair my E-M5 performed equally well with wide angle zooms, the E-M1 using either a Panny 100-300 or mZuiko 75-300 for the wild life shots.

Namibia's road infrastructure is still quite primitive but leads to very picturesque and dramatic landscapes so both cameras are now covered in dust and red sand not to mention lashings of Pelican Guano and sea water! A good clean and TLC is the next job to be tackled after which I shall start to process well over 2500 images...some might find their way here eventually.

Meanwhile the bumpy roads and harsh conditions speak volumes for both cameras, but I know now that the E-M5 will be replaced with another E-M1 very soon. It is just such a lovely camera to use! *chr

Will you be posting some photos? :)

Ian

Zuiko
8th November 2013, 04:29 PM
Will you be posting some photos? :)

Ian

He sort of promised and I'll be disappointed if he doesn't. I can't wait! :D

Phill D
8th November 2013, 08:44 PM
That goes for me too John.

Iansky
8th November 2013, 09:02 PM
Add me to that list as well

Alpha1
9th November 2013, 08:46 AM
Ian and Zuiko

Yes I promise! :D Just give me a bit of time. *zzz

Alpha1
18th November 2013, 05:19 PM
At long last, some images! I have finished sifting through 3996 images and narrowing some down for conversion from RAW and a little PP before re-sizing for the forum. This is in between clearing up after the storm and a garden full of leaves. :(

First up (;)) A randy young elephant in full musk so look out ladies and fella's just admire!



http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1706/Young_Male_Elephant_in_full_Musk_Oly_.jpg

Next up is a very moody "miss margaret" Lioness who showed that she was uninterested in me. She was also on heat and had ears only for the distant rumbling of a male suitor.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1706/Moody_Lioness.jpg

Then we have all the action at the waterhole, kicked off by a young Bull Black Rhino just finishing his stampeding circuit, clearing all the antelopes, giraffe and spotted Hyaena first.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1706/Male_Rhino.jpg

A lovely young female Giraffe who is probably still nursing:

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1706/Young_Female_Giraffe_Oly_.jpg

Then the beautiful and rare Black Faced Impala, only found in Namibia and South West Angola. It's cousin the standard Impala is common throughout Africa.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1706/Black_Faced_Impala.jpg

The Spotted Hyaena with their incredibly strong bone crunching jaws, but looking quite docile while drinking. Even the Rhino wasn't about to drink whilst there were Hyaena about.

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That's it for now folks, more later if you would like?

Wee man
18th November 2013, 05:58 PM
Yes please! Can you comment on the two lenses I want a zoom that goes to 300 but which one? Mainly for wildlife shooting.

David Morison
18th November 2013, 06:21 PM
Excellent shots. Were these taken from a lodge or a vehicle?
When I spent 3 weeks on a safari truck in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and DRC my Leica Digilux got completely covered in red dust. I took the opportunity, during a brief stop in Kigali to purchase a genuine Badger hair shaving brush - did the business admirably!

David

Chevvyf1
18th November 2013, 06:29 PM
Superb images David :) and I too am interested in your Lens report :) and yes MORE please

StephenL
18th November 2013, 06:51 PM
Some good sharp pictures. Regarding the Elephant, I don't know what you mean, I'm sure! :o

Alpha1
18th November 2013, 07:02 PM
Yes please! Can you comment on the two lenses I want a zoom that goes to 300 but which one? Mainly for wildlife shooting.
All of these were with the Panasonic 100-300 lens but I also took the MZuiko 75-300 mk2 so these will be shown later!

Alpha1
18th November 2013, 07:05 PM
Excellent shots. Were these taken from a lodge or a vehicle?
When I spent 3 weeks on a safari truck in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and DRC my Leica Digilux got completely covered in red dust. I took the opportunity, during a brief stop in Kigali to purchase a genuine Badger hair shaving brush - did the business admirably!

David

All of these were taken from a vehicle. Our various vehicles suffered two punctures and one rear brake collapse in just under 2,500 miles! I have a series of images just on the punctures and brake problems!

Alpha1
19th November 2013, 10:58 AM
Some good sharp pictures. Regarding the Elephant, I don't know what you mean, I'm sure! :o

You must be referring to that five legged Elaphant? ;)

OM USer
19th November 2013, 12:58 PM
Good choice of shots showing the different animals. Thanks.

Alpha1
28th November 2013, 04:37 PM
Ok, I am almost over my chest infection so some more amusing images, but this time with the back up camera my trusty E-M5 as it had that wonderful workhorse of a lens the mZuiko 14-150 already fitted.

The E-M1 was fitted with the 75-300 which was far too long even at it's widest end and with all the sea water and bird muck flying around, not a good idea to change lens! So a quick change of camera soon solved this problem as it was as usual already slung around my neck!

This low flying airbus....sorry Southern White Pelican...started proceedings off on our large catamaran motoring at about 8 knots.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1706/Flaps_and_UC_down_Oly_tif.jpg



Soon followed by an actual landing amid a spray of sea water and other stuff! Begging had started!

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1706/Fish_in_Flight_Oly_.jpg

This one was definitely Going!

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1706/Going_Oly_.jpg

This one is definitely Gone and never going to escape!

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1706/Gone_Oly_tif.jpg

Not so much an exercise in BIF more like FIF! :rolleyes:
A great entertainment with Cape Fur Seals (really Sea Lions) also joining in the fun. After a Sea food Lunch in the cockpit (fresh oysters for me) all washed down with copious amount of Champage...oh, OK then it was really sparkling wine. The best bit was just chucking the oyster shells over the stern....all very decadent but Namibia is famous for it's large oysters. Then time to come back ashore. :(

Chevvyf1
28th November 2013, 04:40 PM
Dave Simply Seismically stunning :)

brian1208
28th November 2013, 04:41 PM
Some cracking shots there David, I'm envious of both the light and the location :)

Alpha1
28th November 2013, 04:46 PM
Before the pixel peepers start posting, yes I know that there is distortion at the wide end and yes it could be corrected but that's not what these piccies are about.

It is expected from a lens with such a massive zoom range. It is just a darned good workhorse of a lens and plenty sharp enough where it matters.

Iansky
29th November 2013, 09:51 AM
Great shots David, the Pany 100-300 is a superb lens and it has certainly done a good job in combo with the EM1 in capturing these.

Nice to know the camera stood up to the climatic challenges.

Alpha1
29th November 2013, 11:54 AM
Thanks Ian.

In fact the last four shots were using the mZuiko 14-150 which is always at the ready should a critter suddenly appear very close, as happened when the Pelican suddenly joined us on board the catamaran! :eek:

That stand-by body/lens combo has saved the day many times for me when capturing wildlife images!

Ross the fiddler
16th December 2013, 09:54 PM
Two fantastic sets of images there Dave. The two bodies for those conditions would have been ideal & that 14-150 lens a worthwhile addition for the kit for these uses. *yes

Thanks for posting these (& linking back to here so we could find these) great images.

*chr