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Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

This Red Wattlebird was enjoying the nector in this Banksia Integrifolia (coast banksia) this morning.





And a crop to show this lens (M.ZD75-300 Mk II) is working OK (& ignoring the grainy noise from using ISO 3200 with such a tight crop).


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Re: Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

Lots of fine detail in this set Ross.

Despeckling the last might get rid of the noise/grain as you call it, but at 3200 I'm not complaining!
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Re: Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

Lovely looking bird, could be a relation of our Starling? What sort of size is he?
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Re: Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

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Lovely looking bird, could be a relation of our Starling? What sort of size is he?
Thanks for the compliment, but you won't be offended if I said "Wash your mouth out!" would you? Starlings & Indian Minors are two pest birds we have here & I hope our wattlebirds aren't related to them. I think from what I vaguely know of Starlings (known more in the city areas) is that this wattlebird is a little bigger. This is the start of description from Wikipedia, "The Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), also known as Barkingbird or Gillbird, is a honeyeater; a group of birds found mainly in Australia and New Guinea which have highly developed brush-tipped tongues adapted for nectar feeding."
The barking name is pretty apt as that can be the sound of these birds early in the morning, although they also have other call sounds.

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Re: Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

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Lots of fine detail in this set Ross.

Despeckling the last might get rid of the noise/grain as you call it, but at 3200 I'm not complaining!
Thanks Mark. I'm pretty happy with the detail from this 75-300 lens so long as the focus is correct & that is something that has to be carefully set with the smallest focus box (at 14 X) usually, as it does behave a little differently to PD-AF on DSLR's (like your E3 & my E30), but you would have known that with the PENs you had (sorry to mention them again ). I wouldn't normally crop so small except to just see how good the lens is resolving, but the grain (or speckle) in the latest sensors & processors of the OM-D & latest PEN's do appear different to previous cameras from Olympus & can probably be delt with effectively if needed in various software packages.

Here is the crop again, but without the sharpening I normally apply to resized web photos.


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Re: Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

Ross,

I'm trying to come to terms with focussing - so I appreciate your comments - I'm a "point and shoot" SLR kind of guy, so it's taking a bit of geting used to, having said that, (I can't post links or pics yet - perhaps after this post! EDIT - yep! This is post #7, I've got my wings!) this shot, taken into the sun, is the "least sharp" of a whole bunch I took on the weekend.

Http://sunshinecoastdaily.blogspot.c.../incoming.html

It's cropped to about one-third of a frame @ the full 300mm focal length - and there's a bit of stuff going on - the lack of crisp definition on the surfer is part spray, part movement and part chromatic aberration (which I haven't corrected), notice the surboard seems closer to sharp, without the light behind it, but it's probably at the edge of the lens' usefulness - shooting action into the sun, hand-held at max, and my lens hood hasn't arrived yet!

On balance, I think I am going to have fun with this lens.

I'll post another couple from the set after I get my post count up! In the meantime - trying to remember your focussing advice!

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Re: Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

Don't mention the Pens - you will set him off again!

Always lovely to see our Wattlebirds Ross, and I confess I had never heard the "barking" reference. Now listening to our resident bird, it seems quite apt.
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Re: Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

Ross, WoW ! that set are GREAT ! and last is FAB for the detail Never seen one of these, nor likely too :0 Thanks for Sharing
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Re: Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

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Thanks Mark. I'm pretty happy with the detail from this 75-300 lens so long as the focus is correct & that is something that has to be carefully set with the smallest focus box (at 14 X) usually, as it does behave a little differently to PD-AF on DSLR's (like your E3 & my E30), but you would have known that with the PENs you had (sorry to mention them again ). I wouldn't normally crop so small except to just see how good the lens is resolving, but the grain (or speckle) in the latest sensors & processors of the OM-D & latest PEN's do appear different to previous cameras from Olympus & can probably be delt with effectively if needed in various software packages.
Without the sharpening I like it better Ross. If t'were mine I would still be tempted to selectively despeckle the background. But as you say, this crop was just to illustrate the effect of a high ISO.
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I'm trying to come to terms with focussing - so I appreciate your comments - I'm a "point and shoot" SLR kind of guy, so it's taking a bit of geting used to, having said that, (I can't post links or pics yet - perhaps after this post! EDIT - yep! This is post #7, I've got my wings!) this shot, taken into the sun, is the "least sharp" of a whole bunch I took on the weekend.

Http://sunshinecoastdaily.blogspot.c.../incoming.html

It's cropped to about one-third of a frame @ the full 300mm focal length - and there's a bit of stuff going on - the lack of crisp definition on the surfer is part spray, part movement and part chromatic aberration (which I haven't corrected), notice the surboard seems closer to sharp, without the light behind it, but it's probably at the edge of the lens' usefulness - shooting action into the sun, hand-held at max, and my lens hood hasn't arrived yet!

On balance, I think I am going to have fun with this lens.

I'll post another couple from the set after I get my post count up! In the meantime - trying to remember your focussing advice!

Cheers,

Peter
I like that action shot of the surfer, however although action isn't one of the strongest points of using the E-M5 (or PENs) that sort of photography should still produce some nice results with careful use. A couple of other things that might also help is to use 'Vivid' Picture Mode for more contrast while saving RAW as well & also selecting High Frame Rate (for the EVF) in the Menu *J as this affects the focussing detail which should help increase the chances of locking onto focus quicker since the display detail is used in the focussing process as well.

It is a nice, useful lens so long as it is known that the focus speed slows down as the light becomes less, but that won't stop me using it in low light & I don't think it will stop you from having fun with this lens.

BTW, if you're getting the JJC lens hood, it requires a slight enlargement (with a scraper) of the inside rim diameter to fit on reversed (you should see when you get it). I received my lens hood before the lens & made sure it fitted on the ZD70-300 lens OK first (keeping its own hood with that lens).

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Don't mention the Pens - you will set him off again!

Always lovely to see our Wattlebirds Ross, and I confess I had never heard the "barking" reference. Now listening to our resident bird, it seems quite apt.
No, we don't want to set him off again, do we?

I haven't of the 'barking' name before either, but I guess it does bark in a 'birdy' sort of a way.

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Thanks Chevvy. They are reasonably prevalent around here (so long as there is something worthwhile with nectar).

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Without the sharpening I like it better Ross. If t'were mine I would still be tempted to selectively despeckle the background. But as you say, this crop was just to illustrate the effect of a high ISO.
Apart from my being ambitious with the crop (& the oversharpening), it was the lens resolution I was particularly happy with & the Auto ISO just happened to go that high (which I have set the range to go up to 6400) because of the lower light.

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Re: Red Wattlebird in a banksia.

Impressive shots there Ross, nothing to complain about there with the resolution.
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