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Old 31st December 2014
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The EM-1 + 75-300 got out today

I feel I've been rather neglecting my original love in favour of playing with my newer toys (Nikon 1 V2 + 70-300CX and Panasonic fz1000) so I took it out for a walk along Hengistbury Head this morning.

Not a lot happening but enough to remind me why I like using this camera so much (although trying to shoot birds in flight did emphasise how much better the focus speed of the Nikon 1 V2 combo is than the EM-1 + 75-300 mk2!)

Anyway, here are a few shots that made me smile, the classic Collie in Muddy Harbour moments:

doggy fun 1 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

doggy fun 2 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

doggy fun 3 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr
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Re: The EM-1 + 75-300 got out today

Love to see a dog having fun, excellent captures.
Waiting for my 75-300 to arrive, looking forward to using it. The AF speed of my other long lenses (Bigma & FT 70-300) is not great so hopefully I'll see a big improvement.

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Re: The EM-1 + 75-300 got out today

Thanks Mick, its one of the joys of going to Hengistbury and our local beaches, watching other people's dogs having a great time and getting filthy, knowing that they won't be getting into our car at the end of it

the 75-300 is a great little lens for this sort of work
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Re: The EM-1 + 75-300 got out today

For focusing speed, you can't beat a DSLR, no matter what Oly etc say. But you still need a fast lens this time of year. I wonder actually how much better than the 75-300 the new 40-150/2.8 plus MC14 is at the long end, since the MC14 must lose what, at least a stop, maybe more. If you assume over a stop, it can't be a great deal faster than the 75-300 at the long end, surely? About 5.6?

My 100-400 Canon is 5.6 at the long end (=400x1.6 = 640), and that's getting near the limit for phase AF; but it doesn't seem to slow down like contrast AF, either focuses or doesn't.

Maybe hybrid AF, like Sony, would be the optimum route.

Perhaps we should discuss in the lens thread?
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Re: The EM-1 + 75-300 got out today

Keith,

40-150/2.8 plus MC-14 is F4, the 75-300mm is F6.7 at the telephoto end.

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Re: The EM-1 + 75-300 got out today

Great action shots there Brian ... even in B&W!
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Re: The EM-1 + 75-300 got out today

After much playing around I've found the 75-300 at f8 and not more than 280mm zoom (250mm is better.) gives good results, though you do need to boost the ISO to get a decent shutter speed but I am getting birds in flight with it on my E M10.
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Re: The EM-1 + 75-300 got out today

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Keith,

40-150/2.8 plus MC-14 is F4, the 75-300mm is F6.7 at the telephoto end.

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Wow, that's not losing much. Most teleconverters for APS-C lose around 1-2 stops for a 1.4x.

All the ordinary grade Oly lenses are a bit slow at the long end; they seem to be quite, er, unusual designs. But the PRO series is clearly fundamentally different in design. Even the 12-50 is 6.3 at the long end, which is not ideal unless you have good light. I'm much more used to Canon lenses; if I put a 1.4x on my 100-400, I get an aperture about f8; but for a focal length of 400x1.6x1.4=896; and it still autofocuses at that, though not quite as reliably as without the converter. When I bought the M5 and 75-300, I found it a bit of a shock, as you can imagine!

I needed the M5 because I find the weight of the Canon kit too much now that I'm getting ancient.
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After much playing around I've found the 75-300 at f8 and not more than 280mm zoom (250mm is better.) gives good results, though you do need to boost the ISO to get a decent shutter speed but I am getting birds in flight with it on my E M10.
I guess you wouldn't want to boost the ISO to much more than 800?
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I guess you wouldn't want to boost the ISO to much more than 800?

I go far higher when the light dictates, 1600 to 3200 to get a shutter speed of <1/1000th and preferably close to 1/2000th of a second.
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I go far higher when the light dictates, 1600 to 3200 to get a shutter speed of <1/1000th and preferably close to 1/2000th of a second.
Two stops more? Blimey! On another forum, I got something close to ridicule from an E-M1 user when I posted some images that were at ISO4000 on my M5, which was necessitated by a dark building interior and the slow 12-50 lens (should've used the 45/1.8). Heigh-ho! I since then set my upper limit at 1250. With my Canon, I occasionally went up to 3200, but that's a lot bigger sensor and faster lenses.

I suppose much depends on what you want to do with the images.
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Re: The EM-1 + 75-300 got out today

With ISO 1600 I can get 15"x10" prints good enough to sell through our gallery or at local craft fairs using the EM-1.

As always, the proviso is that the original files have to be properly exposed and focused (as well as having the right content of course )
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With ISO 1600 I can get 15"x10" prints good enough to sell through our gallery or at local craft fairs using the EM-1.

As always, the proviso is that the original files have to be properly exposed and focused (as well as having the right content of course )
15x10; not quite A3. I have to print A3 for club competitions. Judges often seem to pick on a bit of noise - if there is any - when they can't find anything else to dislike. The ability to sell the work is IMV more important than some club judge's view though!

Interesting conversation Thanks guys.
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The ability to sell the work is IMV more important than some club judge's view though!
Oh so very true, my images first have to satisfy me, then my customers and if "Judge" appreciate them its a bonus (although it is fun to hear a Judge criticising one of my top seller now and then )
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Oh so very true, my images first have to satisfy me, then my customers and if "Judge" appreciate them its a bonus (although it is fun to hear a Judge criticising one of my top seller now and then )
I think there's an awful lot of snobbery and bu££sh.. about photography, like anything 'artistic'. And nowhere more than in club competitions.
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