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alexs
15th May 2010, 08:18 PM
browsing on t'net:rolleyes: I stumbled across another forum topic on what the best settings for this lens are for for shooting birds. The Gist was ( I think) that the 70-300 is best set at f8, iso 800 and spot meter for birds.....I'm a bit suprised about the f8 bit and also the advice the advice that the in camera sharpness setting is best at +2 ??? I'm using a 520 just like the other op....
I'll post the link in case you think this is hidden gold or tripe.... Oh and another gem? that focus is quicker with the lcd display off?
here
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/olympus-dslr/170514-more-oly-70-300-lense-test-shots.html

al

ps.. oh and always use tripod?

theMusicMan
15th May 2010, 10:34 PM
Nah, I have never used a tripod with this lens. All my shots with it were handheld. Gazzillions of them on my gallery pages.

I love the 70-300mm on its own, also with the EC14 too. It is by far the best value for money Oly lens.

alexs
16th May 2010, 05:01 AM
John,
thanks for that
I am starting to really enjoy using this lens...I have been having some luck with it and so far I've noticed that it does like a lot of light...but apart from that its quite forgiving at least hand held wise...I mean i get a lot of rubbish but I would whatever I was using...
al

theMusicMan
16th May 2010, 06:30 AM
A good friend of mine (and a member here) also seemed to have trouble with the combination of the 70-300mm and the E510. OK, you have an E520, but maybe there's something about the E5'' that won't marry.

I use mine on my E3 and really love the lens. So much so that I sold my Bigma as I was getting better results on the 70-300mm with the EC14 than on the Bigma. Here's one typical of this lens...

http://www.reflectingme.com/img/v1/p3729927-4.jpg

Pete Riley
16th May 2010, 09:49 AM
Most of my shots are taken with E510/70-300 combination. Apart from focus issues in poor light I am well pleased with this combo.http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/Blue_tit_3_-_Copy.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=22297)

alexs
16th May 2010, 10:16 AM
And i am well pleased with mine too:)
I didn't mean to make it sound like I have troubles, I love using the combo, I was more interested to know if there really is a "sweet spot" for getting the best out of the lens... Some of the advice on the link indicated f8 is much sharper and I was just wonderin if its true...
I guess the setiings will be different on different models...
al

alexs
16th May 2010, 10:21 AM
A good friend of mine (and a member here) also seemed to have trouble with the combination of the 70-300mm and the E510. OK, you have an E520, but maybe there's something about the E5'' that won't marry.

I use mine on my E3 and really love the lens. So much so that I sold my Bigma as I was getting better results on the 70-300mm with the EC14 than on the Bigma. Here's one typical of this lens...

I love your "typical" shots :)
I don't have problems using the lens just wondered about the truth in the idea of "best" settings..
I think it struggles a bit in poor light but what lens in this catagory wouldn't? ;)
al

Pete Riley
16th May 2010, 01:55 PM
Wrotniak has a goodtest of this lens on his site
http://www.wrotniak.net/