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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second 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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Loving the new small focus point

The new small focus point which was added with the latest firmware is great for photographing shy animals who like to hide away.

Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler x 2 and Muntjac fawn.







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Re: Loving the new small focus point

Three great shots.

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Re: Loving the new small focus point

Yes it's nice and you show how well it can work.
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Re: Loving the new small focus point

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The new small focus point which was added with the latest firmware is great for photographing shy animals who like to hide away.
A splendid set of examples to show its utility. The puzzle is: why wasn't it there in the first place, since the E-M1 had it?
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Re: Loving the new small focus point

excellent example of the small focus spot, makes you wonder how small they can go, I have got similar results since the update, I now think the mk2 is the best oly camera since the om1 md which I still cherish.
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Re: Loving the new small focus point

I think the small focus point works even better than it did on the MkI. It seems verry reliable, fast and accurate. Very odd that they took it away for the launch.
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Re: Loving the new small focus point

There is a limit on what you can do.

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Re: Loving the new small focus point

I think that's a bit extreme Dave but nice to know the limits
I tend to leave mine on small all the time.
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I think that's a bit extreme Dave but nice to know the limits
I tend to leave mine on small all the time.
I agree its expecting too much. Manual focus is the final fallback.
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Re: Loving the new small focus point

BTW does anyone know if there are any downsides with the small point?

I haven’t discovered any so far with my sort of usage, and I’m considering deleting ‘large point’ from the list of options, which I assume you can still do.

Related to this, I went on a seabird workshop with Tesni Ward on Wednesday (really excellent) and she admitted she hadn’t yet had time to do the 2.1 firmware update! Hence she couldn’t answer my question...
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Re: Loving the new small focus point

Also sort-of related, for the first time I found an application where 5-point focus definitely performed better than 9-point.

This was for getting the camera and 300 to lock on to the small speeding razorbills and guillemots flashing in to their nest sites around 100-200í below the cliff edge.

9 point would only work with the focus limiter excluding the sea surface below, while 5 point was harder to keep on the bird, but with practice at that it would focus fairly reliably. Presumably it gives the camera less processing to do.
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Related to this, I went on a seabird workshop with Tesni Ward on Wednesday (really excellent)
I wish I'd known you were going!

Cathy still has Tes' 300mm lens cap!
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I wish I'd known you were going!

Cathy still has Tes' 300mm lens cap!
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Life's been a bit busy, otherwise I'd probably have posted something about it before going.

Tes' camera and 300 are looking pretty battered, to be honest!
She was also looking a bit worn - she's apparently been doing a lot of workshops and some promotional shoots, and she hadn't been home for the past 2 weeks (and she'd slept the night before in her car).

That certainly didn't keep her from being a fount of advice and tips for the 5 of us there. We ranged in experience from complete beginners upwards, and there were 3 M1ii/300 owners, plus one with a Nikon D850 & 80-300 zoom and one massive Canon 5DIV/500 bazooka.

The guy with the Canon was no spring chicken and yet managed to handhold it for the full day 10am - 4.30pm, which was impressive, but I know what I was content to be using...
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Re: Loving the new small focus point

All positive experience for me, so far. Trying to pick focus on small or distant subjects and even large close ones, usually with lens wide open, doesn't feel like the focus lottery anymore. Just need to try and tame C-AF !


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Re: Loving the new small focus point

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BTW does anyone know if there are any downsides with the small point?

I havenít discovered any so far with my sort of usage, and Iím considering deleting Ďlarge pointí from the list of options, which I assume you can still do.

Related to this, I went on a seabird workshop with Tesni Ward on Wednesday (really excellent) and she admitted she hadnít yet had time to do the 2.1 firmware update! Hence she couldnít answer my question...
Not a downside, just if the subject doesn't have enough detail in it to focus on, but if large enough to use a normal sized target (without focussing on the background) then I would use it.
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