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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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E-M1 goes birding

As the weather was fine I thought I'd have a go down at the local reserve with the E-M1 and Canon 400mm f5.6L. Now this is an amazing lens, considering the design is 20 years old and with the ease of focus on the E-M1 and IQ/low noise it is a dream for wildlife photography. All these were manually focused (including flight shots) and most are taken using the x2 Digital Teleconverter. Magnification was used in some to assist focusing against a busy background but most were taken without. Focus peaking was of little use as it is cancelled when the IS is deployed (on non-native lenses) and IS1 was used for all shots. I am really thrilled that the E-M1's IS is good enough (despite the earlier teething problems I had) to enable handheld photography, including BIFs, using a 400mm lens, especially as MF had to be used (not easy when panning!). If only Olympus could produce a lens like this, f5.6 is bright enough for most wildlife photography - some of these shots were taken at near dusk.

Teal:



Cormorant:



Green Sandpiper:



Greylag and Greylag/Canada Hybrid:



Greylag (some of 700 seen on the trip):



Two Common Gull:



Curlew:



Shoveler:



Mallard:



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Re: E-M1 goes birding

Nice shots that set up seems to work well for you.
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Re: E-M1 goes birding

What a great set of pictures David efl 800mm hand held 1/640sec Are these cropped much? Love the Cormorant such a difficult bird to get good pictures but you have caught the light and moment perfectly.

Its interesting that you did not find focus peaking much help but then the viewfinder is very large, did you try different colours black/white for the focus peaking?

The teal's beak looks like it could be stunning at 100% any chance of 100% crop
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What a great set of pictures David efl 800mm hand held 1/640sec Are these cropped much? Love the Cormorant such a difficult bird to get good pictures but you have caught the light and moment perfectly.

Its interesting that you did not find focus peaking much help but then the viewfinder is very large, did you try different colours black/white for the focus peaking?

The teal's beak looks like it could be stunning at 100% any chance of 100% crop
Most of these pictures were taken with the x2 digital teleconverter so that's an efl of 1600mm! Great results, David.
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Re: E-M1 goes birding

These are great shots David.

I especially like the Green Sandpiper shot which shows three things in one: the capability of the photographer, the lens, and the camera.

Good stuff!
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Re: E-M1 goes birding

that 400L was one of my favourite birding lens and hasn't it worked well here wide open. I'm pleased you are finding it does what you want David , it is a cracking bit of kit for this use

(I've yet to pit my Tamron 500 mirror on the EM-1 but it performed very well shooting BIF and other such subjects on the EM-5)
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Most of these pictures were taken with the x2 digital teleconverter so that's an efl of 1600mm! Great results, David.
I thought about this but resisted. This could start a whole new thread. efl is a function of the true focal length of the lens and the size of the sensor I feel the x2 is just another way of cropping unless the original picture was greater than 4608 * 3456 pixels? In fact the manual p 84 explains that Digital zoom 'saves the center crop'. Sorry John so I beg to differ.
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Re: E-M1 goes birding

A truly remarkable set of images. Hand held and manual focus wow. Well done that man!
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Very impressive David. That Sandpiper is a little beauty.

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What a great set of pictures David efl 800mm hand held 1/640sec Are these cropped much? Love the Cormorant such a difficult bird to get good pictures but you have caught the light and moment perfectly.

Its interesting that you did not find focus peaking much help but then the viewfinder is very large, did you try different colours black/white for the focus peaking?

The teal's beak looks like it could be stunning at 100% any chance of 100% crop
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Some were cropped considerably as they were some distance, the Cormorant was uncropped and the Teal was fairly heavily cropped. This is the 100% of the Teal you asked for:



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I thought about this but resisted. This could start a whole new thread. efl is a function of the true focal length of the lens and the size of the sensor I feel the x2 is just another way of cropping unless the original picture was greater than 4608 * 3456 pixels? In fact the manual p 84 explains that Digital zoom 'saves the center crop'. Sorry John so I beg to differ.
Hi there Bird boy!

I agree with you that from the cameras point of view the efl is 800mm, with the center cropped, but I would say that from the photographers point of view (ie trying to keep an object still and central in the viewfinder for instance) the efl would still be equivalent to 1600mm. So once again, hats off to David for capturing these!

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Some were cropped considerably as they were some distance, the Cormorant was uncropped and the Teal was fairly heavily cropped. This is the 100% of the Teal you asked for:



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Thanks David, getting closer to your subject is always the best lens you can have but when it comes to ducks on water unless you have a boat or want to swim with your camera held high you have to make do. I'm guessing that you must have been at least 50m away, still a great shoot and I love the reflection on the beak.
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Hi there Bird boy!

I agree with you that from the cameras point of view the efl is 800mm, with the center cropped, but I would say that from the photographers point of view (ie trying to keep an object still and central in the viewfinder for instance) the efl would still be equivalent to 1600mm. So once again, hats off to David for capturing these!

Cheers,

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That's a fair point and I totally agree that to handhold something of that focal length as seen through the viewfinder requires skill and experience.
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Re: E-M1 goes birding

Bit slow to catch up with these but I agree with everyone else here the camera and lens combination are good but David you've definitely got birding skills in spades to pull these off. That Cormorant shot is my favourite though.
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Re: E-M1 goes birding

Terriific shot of the comorant. Pity about the duck behind it though spoling the picture.
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