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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Sadly it is not under guarantee. But I remember some years ago sending a brand new soft 100-400mm L back to Canon for calibration and they reported it was "within specification" so it was sold-on immediately and replaced by the 400 prime that I have since been very happy with. As an aside, the new Oly 300 pro costs twice the price of the superb Canon 400L, in fact you could buy a good Canon DSLR plus the 400L for the price of the Oly lens, and I can't help thinking that those who I believe are trying to stretch the MFT concept to way beyond its capabilities, will eventually wake up to the real world.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Hardly a fair comment as the Canon 300mm f2.8 is twice the price of the Olympus lens?
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Correct. But the Canon covers a full frame imager and the Oly only has to cover an imager 1/2 the linear size, so I guess the Canon needs to be bigger with more expensive glass elements. Plus you quote the Canon f2.8 against the Oly which is f4. But the tructh is that I am just a tad disillusioned with MFT. Maybe I will get over it but it matters not since it is only a hobby. Sorry for being provocative, I don't meant to adopt a dpreview attitude, since this seems to be a much more friendly forum. I will try to remember that in future.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Not a problem, nothing wrong when gear doesn't perform as you want it on the other hand, occasionally ( very occasionally ) something so outperforms what everybody else has that you thank your lucky stars
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

First proper try at a few birds. I can see now how skilful you guys all are
Quite pleased with the Nuthatch though as I hadn't seen one before.











Really was waiting for the greater Spotted woodpecker but either his patience was better than mine or he'd found a warmer place to hide.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

And just one more.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

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These images are not an example at all of why I am not happy with the lens. They were grab shots with no time to set a faster shutter to stop the action. So please don't think that I judge the lens by these shots.
I just find the lens not sharp. I know all about the need for high shutter speeds and avoidance of shutter shock, but this lens does not do it for me. My other camera is Canon 60D with 400/5.6L which makes the E-M1 almost a joke for wildlife, and I am not into the absurdly high prices for Oly Pro lenses. I sold my Canon 70-300 because it was soft on the Canon body, and this Oly lens is worse. I am contemplating a Metabones adapter to fit the 400mm Canon lens on to the M1, but first I will use it with manual focus to see how it works on the M1 before I waste any more money on Olympus kit.
I totally agree Kenny
I tried the Olympus but wasn't too impressed with it.
I ended up with the Lumix 100-300 which is a big improvement.
The Canon 70-300 isn't exactly a quality lens so you did right in getting shot of it
I also came from Canon with FF and APS-C bodies and a bag load of "L" lenses.
Although I still have them, they haven't seen daylight since getting my E-M1 last year.
Give the E-M1 a chance and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it just as I have
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Not happy with my 75-300 Oly, I gave my Canon 400/f5.6 L a bash on the E-M1 body with just a non-communicating adapter. Limited to wide open and manual focus, I hand held for a few shots at the feeders at home. Although not sharp enough I would call the results encouraging since they are crops of about 1/9 of the area of the original images. Similar crops from the Oly 75-300 II were too dreadful to keep. I think I may buy a Metabones and give the Canon a proper chance.

We have been seeing small flocks of Brambling mixed with Chaffinch. These are Brambling and Goldfinch on the Niger feeder. Didn't know Bramblings went for Niger.



This next is a poor image because of the uncooperative Goldfinch, but it shows the rear colours of the Brambling very well.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Another Goosander

E-M1 + LUMIX 100-300

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Hoopoes from Spring 2015

Hoopoes in my garden Spring 2015. [SW France] E-M10 and 75-300 II

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Juvenile Stilt, Ornithological parc near Arcachon

Here is one image from an outing to the ornithological parc at La Teich on the Golf d'Arcachon, just 90 minutes drive from home.
You can see more pictures from the day on my Flickr site here.

This is a juvenile Black-winged Stilt. E-M1 +75-300 II

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Kenny I can't see anything wrong with those shots. All far better than I managed even with the pro lens! so what am I missing?
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Thanks for the complement. I thought about asking how members saw my images with respect to IQ, but then I realised this is the wrong part of the forum for that.
I think that I am/was feeling grumpy about the 75-300 mm partly because others seem to get much sharper images than I do, because with small birds cropping to full resolution is often necessary and ends up with poor results, and partly because my Canon 400 is much sharper [and 4x the price]. But looking back on my Oly images on Flickr, I have to admit that I am surprised by how happy I am with them. Time to stop complaining and to get out taking more pictures. Problem is that even here in SW France, we too have grotty weather.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

A couple of old but seasonal shots. Redwing.



Immature Stonechat



The Redwing is from the 80's, the Stonechat from the 90's. Both taken in Cheshire. Initial attempts at copying slides with a camera rather than scanning.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I was looking at what was in my files from this time last year and found this Goldcrest. I was at the same reserve yesterday looking for the same birds. Does anyone else feel they undertake groundhog photography? My trips and subjects are a little bit predictable each year.... but I guess I can see some improvements and different equipment....


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