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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Re: Any one do birds in flight with the EM1MK1

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You could try one out using the Test & Wow scheme: https://wow.olympus.eu/

Camerworld has had a couple of deals with the Mk II at £1299 recently.
Have looked at the test and wow but my local dealer isnt on the list, the nearest is too far away.
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Re: Any one do birds in flight with the EM1MK1

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Mine were taken with the 40-150mm F2.8 + MC-14 and Huw's shows as 210mm on Flickr so I would assume the same combination. That was the best setup for birds before the 300mm f4 and 100-400mm arrived.
Andy is correct, mine was also taken with the 40-150 f/2.8 and MC-14 giving 210 mm.
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Re: Any one do birds in flight with the EM1MK1

I used it for 2-3 years for bif and found using it with the 40-150 pro forgiving so more 'keepers', and with the 300 pro superb when I got it right. I then switched to the e-m1ii and noticed a marked improvement to the stage where my keeper rate for the 300 was as high as it was formerly with the 40-150 e-m1 combination.
So my answer would be yes I did and it was good although the e-m1ii is better.
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Re: Any one do birds in flight with the EM1MK1

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Mine were taken with the 40-150mm F2.8 + MC-14 and Huw's shows as 210mm on Flickr so I would assume the same combination. That was the best setup for birds before the 300mm f4 and 100-400mm arrived.
Many thanks that is the longest lens I have and would be a very happy bunny if I managed to produce some images like you have achieved. Were the shots taken in Herts just noticed we in the same county!
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I used it for 2-3 years for bif and found using it with the 40-150 pro forgiving so more 'keepers', and with the 300 pro superb when I got it right. I then switched to the e-m1ii and noticed a marked improvement to the stage where my keeper rate for the 300 was as high as it was formerly with the 40-150 e-m1 combination.
So my answer would be yes I did and it was good although the e-m1ii is better.
Very interesting thanks for sharing your experiences. For me a new lens purchase purchase of 300mm is out of the question as is the em1 mkii just shows how versatile the trusty 40-150 is even with the mk1. I have the same combination for animals but having seen the shots in this thread gives me more inspiration to try birds as clearly it is more than capable. I had previously ruled it out for birds, how wrong was I :-)
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Re: Any one do birds in flight with the EM1MK1

Well you can do BIF with the E-M1 Mark 1 and achieve good results however the lack of cross-AF points means it may have difficulties acquiring the subject and keeping it in focus. If the subject is large enough in the viewfinderand background is separated and clean it will work, if not can be a frustrating experience. The Mark 2 has much better performance.

These are taken with the 300/F4 + MC14:



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Re: Any one do birds in flight with the EM1MK1

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Were the shots taken in Herts just noticed we in the same county!
The Barn Owl was in Herts (Tewin), but the Kite was at Watlington in the Chilterns and the Greylag Geese were at RSPB Fowlmere, just over the border in Cambs. We are getting more and more Red Kites in Herts and this winter there was a roost of over 30 nearby.

The 40-150 + TC is good for larger birds that come close, but you struggle much of the time for reach, especially for smaller birds.
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Well you can do BIF with the E-M1 Mark 1 and achieve good results however the lack of cross-AF points means it may have difficulties acquiring the subject and keeping it in focus. If the subject is large enough in the viewfinderand background is separated and clean it will work, if not can be a frustrating experience. The Mark 2 has much better performance.

These are taken with the 300/F4 + MC14
For now I will just have to admire shots like yours, luckily I have a good sized memory card and will just have to rely on probability :-) Sounds like the cross-AF points have really come into their own with bird photography.
You raise some valid points in relation to the background being seperated. Thanks
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We are getting more and more Red Kites in Herts and this winter there was a roost of over 30 nearby.

The 40-150 + TC is good for larger birds that come close, but you struggle much of the time for reach, especially for smaller birds.
Funny you should say that about the Red Kites I was only saying the other day how many there are hovering around for pray, so many near the A1m and M1. Not sure if the recent weather had an impact on the number out hunting with lack of food or like you said the breeding part. I sadly saw one on a main road, which had been hit by a car and was unfortunately dead. Guessing it had seen some food in the road. Beautiful birds.
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Re: Any one do birds in flight with the EM1MK1

This is great for birds in flight. No need to zoom out to find the bird and then zoom in!
https://shop.olympus.eu/en_GB/camera...ee-1-dot-sight
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This is great for birds in flight. No need to zoom out to find the bird and then zoom in!
https://shop.olympus.eu/en_GB/camera...ee-1-dot-sight
I agree with the previous posts that the E-M1 will do BIF but the MkII is better. I use the Pan/Leica 100-400 lens.

I found this was especially true when using the EE-1 Dot sight. With the E-M1, I had the frustrating experience of usually finding that, although the dot-sight had made it easy to follow the bird, the camera had completely failed to find focus. With the MkII I get much better results.
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