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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.







    Andy
    bengeo.com

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    Three great shots.

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    Ed

    What if the Hokey Cokey is what its all about?

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      Yes it's nice and you show how well it can work.
      Rob.

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        Re: Loving the new small focus point

        Originally posted by Bengeo View Post
        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?
        Mike
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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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            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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              There is a limit on what you can do.

              Success




              Fail

              Dave

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              • #8
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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.
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                • #9
                  Re: Loving the new small focus point

                  Originally posted by Phill D View Post
                  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.
                  Dave

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                  • #10
                    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...
                    Regards,
                    Mark

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                    Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                    • #11
                      Regards,
                      Mark

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                      • #12
                        Re: Loving the new small focus point

                        Originally posted by drmarkf View Post
                        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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                        • #13
                          Re: Loving the new small focus point

                          Originally posted by Walti View Post
                          I wish I'd known you were going!

                          Cathy still has Tes' 300mm lens cap!
                          Ha!
                          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...
                          Regards,
                          Mark

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                          Too much Oly gear.
                          Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
                          Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                          • #14
                            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 !


                            Mark

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                            • #15
                              Re: Loving the new small focus point

                              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.
                              Ross
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