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Old 19th April 2018
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Worth digging out your old glass?

Having spent a couple of recent wet afternoons making a bird table from bits of wood in the garage I was a bit disappointed that after a few days the birds don't seem to appreciate my handiwork. This is my only visitor so far . However, he did make me dig out my old 4/3s 70-300mm lens which I think has made a pretty decent job of things really. At a lot less than 10% of the cost of a new 300mm I'd say it's a lot better than 10% of the quality.





With that I thought I'd even try the old x1.4 teleconverter too and this is what I got.



So maybe it's not my limited woodworking skills that's keeping the birds away after all. Not too shabby a shot I'd say and much better than I was expecting as they were all shot through our not ever so clean double glazing.

So my answer to the original question is yes definitely worth giving your old glass an airing and save yourselves some cash, in the short term at least
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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

Nice. I guess I should exercise my old 70-300 lens too some time & listen to the whine as it finds focus. It would be interesting to see just how well it compares (optically) to my recent lenses now.

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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

Nice tray. It will take some time for the birds to get accustomed to contraption. Then when they see that one bird having a meal, they will eventually come.
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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

I've not compared things directly Ross but I was pleasantly surprised at the IQ considering the lenses are really cheap these days, bokeh was nice too. The AF though is another story even on the EM1 mk2 it was pretty poor with lots of hunting using the 1.4x in even moderate light. Wouldn't want to use it regularly for anything flying!.
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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

Thanks Henry it has a roof too! I added the roof to make it easy for the smaller birds and to deter the pigeons but pigeons are more resourceful than I'd expected and they fly onto the adjacent tree branch and hop over to the table. I'll leave them to it as I think they've earned the right to a feed. I'll watch and wait for the smaller birds. I'm sure they will find it one day just need to be patient.
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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

Excellent piece of woodwork Phill. I need to do something similar myself. It looks well made, unlike all of the ones in garden centres which appear to be stapled together and unlikely to last the year.

I have trouble with pigeons using the bird bath. It appears the act of drinking makes them poop as well. So the water needs changing on a daily basis. It makes you wonder whether it is deliberate, marking their territory or frightening off others.
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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

Thanks Peter, I hadn't done any wood working for ages and really enjoyed doing it. Nothing special though, just screwed together a few old bits of wood I found in the garage. Actually I did wonder about stapling the roof on but decided against it as the roof wood was a bit fragile and was likely to split quite easily.
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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

Old lenses can be a lot of fun. My most used lenses are new ones but I have quite a collection of older ones, including several considerably older than me.

I have to admit that many of my old lenses would struggle to match the quality of these
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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

Thanks Mike, definitely fun. Not sure I have anything older than me though.
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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

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I have trouble with pigeons using the bird bath. It appears the act of drinking makes them poop as well. So the water needs changing on a daily basis. It makes you wonder whether it is deliberate, marking their territory or frightening off others.
It's the shock of cold water. You should warm it up for them!

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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

I've had a play during the past couple of days with my 70-300 lens on my E-M1 Mk II & in low light it is painfully woeful with AF. In good light it still 'whines' its way to AF although it gets there with reasonable results, so long as nothing moves. I got out the 75-300 M4/3's lens instead & it was a pleasure with quicker & silent AFocussing. Actually, I need to use this lens more in good light when I want reach (more than the 40-150 Pro with MC14).
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In good light it still 'whines' its way to AF although it gets there with reasonable results, so long as nothing moves.
Mine doesn't like muddled backgrounds, such as vegetation.

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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

That 70-300 is not that bad a lens. If you tap it right, it does focus pretty fast. I used it in an airshow in Langkawi back in 2015 coupled to a EM1mk1.

I think there was a firmware update for this lens to work with the OMDs.



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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

I concur with both of you. Once it's there it takes a decent shot but getting there can be a pain. Don't have the 75-300 luxury any more Ross since it got pinched . I dithered about replacing it but you are right there are times when the 40-150+TC isn't long enough.
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Re: Worth digging out your old glass?

Hi Henry, didn't see your post as I was typing. Those are great air show shots, I wouldn't have got anything like that without going back to my old E510 and even then it would have been a struggle. I didn't realise there was a firmware upgrade though will have to have a look for that.
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