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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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Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

I have just enjoyed the MOST wonderful ENLIGHTENING conversation with a Specialist ...

SET TO VIVID mode

UP the CONTRAST as high as you can because its CONTRAST based AF duh sooo very simple eh ?

USE S-AF if your panning is up to it, this gives better images


the EM-5 and EM-1 have "Magnify Focus Square" options - Focus Sq being the little green sq in the middle ? increase it up to a MAX of x 14 is poss



It may work on the EP ?s not sure ...


Much will work on the E-5 too eg VIVID mode and upping the contrast ...

... unable to magnify focus sq...


THIS information came from Matt at SRS microsystems.co.uk

Here is his Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/popephotos/


and he joined here on Wednesday - maybe he was our 3,000 member ?

I asked Matt if SRS would let him give a "Session" or two - paid for on Birds in Flight with these cameras (EM-5 and EM-5 ... even other Oly - saying I would be happy (ecstatic) to pay a reasonable fee for this ... he said

we would have to email asking for this and get enough OF US PAYING to make it viable for the SRS BOSS man to say YES

SO, if you want to know - are willing to travel to SRS and PAY for the Privilege send Matt an email ... I have use spaces and not @ so his email cannot be phished and used incorrectly


I did say "Mat you have to join the Olympus e-forum and post this there it will help lots of US ... and reflect very well on SRS making for Great Relationship Marketing but he just does not get the time ... two small children and a wife ... poor chap we have most of us being there ...

Perhaps a few with the E -M5 can try this ... and post results here ?

Matt also informed me of Bryce Bradford and his OM-D EM-5 and EM-1 images - ok I shall save you a search

Just look at THIS Bif WoW EEE !

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brb_pho...57629928336655

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brb_pho...6655/lightbox/

Here is his OM-D EM-5 tracking frame

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brb_pho...57629928336655



Let me know if and how the above AF info works
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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

Hi,

Matt from SRS here. Glad I could help, earlier on the phone. The foucusing square can be used on EM-5,EP-5,EPL-5 and EPM-2. The size is adjusted in the touch
screen menu (from 5 to 14x can be selected, bigger the number the smaller the foucus square is) and I have assigned this to a function button for easier use when taking pictures of aviation or wildlife. (I use the EM-5 with the 75-300mm lens for this). I also use this for macro work as it makes focusing much more accurate and quicker. Hope this helps, i'll try and pop on here as much as I can to help. Happy shooting to everyone, and don't let people tell you that it can't be done on an Olympus camera, it CAN!!
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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

That won't work on the E-M1, sorry!

Unless you a MFT lens in single-AF mode.

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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

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Matt from SRS here. Glad I could help, earlier on the phone. The foucusing square can be used on EM-5,EP-5,EPL-5 and EPM-2. The size is adjusted in the touch
screen menu (from 5 to 14x can be selected, bigger the number the smaller the foucus square is) and I have assigned this to a function button for easier use when taking pictures of aviation or wildlife. (I use the EM-5 with the 75-300mm lens for this). I also use this for macro work as it makes focusing much more accurate and quicker. Hope this helps, i'll try and pop on here as much as I can to help. Happy shooting to everyone, and don't let people tell you that it can't be done on an Olympus camera, it CAN!!
Hi Matt - you are very welcome and we have dedicated dealer board here on the forum called Dealers Den, too.

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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

Welcome, Matt. I'm sure we've met in the shop!
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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

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That won't work on the E-M1, sorry!

Unless you a MFT lens in single-AF mode.

Ian
Yes Ian,

sorry you may have missed this ... and Matt uses 75-300 for Bif and Airplanes mainly he said

USE S-AF if your panning is up to it, this gives better images

the EM-5 and EM-1 have "Magnify Focus Square" options - Focus Sq being the little green sq in the middle ? increase it upt to a MAX of x 14 is poss
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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

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screen menu (from 5 to 14x can be selected, bigger the number the smaller the foucus square is) and I have assigned this to a function button for easier use when taking pictures of aviation or wildlife. (I use the EM-5 with the 75-300mm lens for this). I also use this for macro work as it makes focusing much more accurate and quicker. Hope this helps, i'll try and pop on here as much as I can to help. Happy shooting to everyone, and don't let people tell you that it can't be done on an Olympus camera, it CAN!!

Hi Matt, look forward to seeing you about
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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

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Hi,

Matt from SRS here. Glad I could help, earlier on the phone. The foucusing square can be used on EM-5,EP-5,EPL-5 and EPM-2. The size is adjusted in the touch
screen menu (from 5 to 14x can be selected, bigger the number the smaller the foucus square is) and I have assigned this to a function button for easier use when taking pictures of aviation or wildlife. (I use the EM-5 with the 75-300mm lens for this). I also use this for macro work as it makes focusing much more accurate and quicker. Hope this helps, i'll try and pop on here as much as I can to help. Happy shooting to everyone, and don't let people tell you that it can't be done on an Olympus camera, it CAN!!
Hi Matt, looking forward to putting your gems of info to use when I get my EM-1 from you

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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

I'm glad Matt has joined the Forum - welcome. I purchased my E-M5 from SRS and have pre-ordered my E-M1 from them also plus many other 4/3 and m4/3 items - my favourite retailer.

I don't understand how this method works though. Surely the Vivid setting etc. only works after the file is created and does not take part in the actual taking of the shot, hence they don't apply to a RAW file. I'd love to try it but can somebody explain the science behind it?

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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

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I'm glad Matt has joined the Forum - welcome. I purchased my E-M5 from SRS and have pre-ordered my E-M1 from them also plus many other 4/3 and m4/3 items - my favourite retailer.

I don't understand how this method works though. Surely the Vivid setting etc. only works after the file is created and does not take part in the actual taking of the shot, hence they don't apply to a RAW file. I'd love to try it but can somebody explain the science behind it?

David
I've heard this before and although I haven't tried it myself others have found that it does work. I believe this is because the camera uses the JPEG settings in live view and image review even if you are shooting raw only. I have just checked this on my E-M5, set to raw only, and this is indeed the case, so although the camera is recording only the raw to the memory card it is in fact working in JPEG mode for the shooting parameters. As Ian has already said, though, setting Vivid and boosting the contrast will only influence the focusing on the E-M1 when using S-AF with an MFT lens. It actually has greater potential when using the E-M5 or any other MFT camera.

Out of interest, I also discovered that if you use an art filter with the camera set to raw only it automatically records a LN JPEG as well as the raw.

I'm also strongly suspicious that when shooting JPEG with the noise filter turned off there is still significant noise filtering being employed at high ISO.
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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

Welcome to the forum Matt, I think I spoke to you over the phone last time I called SRS. I'm in the E-M1 pre-order club from SRS too. Their reputation on here and the intro offer was just too good to miss. Oh just looked at your Flickr site Matt, you've got some very nice shots on there. I hope you get time to post some images on here too.
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Re: Birds in Flight Bif EM-5 and EM-1

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I have just enjoyed the MOST wonderful ENLIGHTENING conversation with a Specialist ...

SET TO VIVID mode

UP the CONTRAST as high as you can because its CONTRAST based AF duh sooo very simple eh ?

USE S-AF if your panning is up to it, this gives better images


the EM-5 and EM-1 have "Magnify Focus Square" options - Focus Sq being the little green sq in the middle ? increase it up to a MAX of x 14 is poss



It may work on the EP ?s not sure ...


Much will work on the E-5 too eg VIVID mode and upping the contrast ...

... unable to magnify focus sq...


THIS information came from Matt at SRS microsystems.co.uk

Here is his Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/popephotos/


and he joined here on Wednesday - maybe he was our 3,000 member ?

I asked Matt if SRS would let him give a "Session" or two - paid for on Birds in Flight with these cameras (EM-5 and EM-5 ... even other Oly - saying I would be happy (ecstatic) to pay a reasonable fee for this ... he said

we would have to email asking for this and get enough OF US PAYING to make it viable for the SRS BOSS man to say YES

SO, if you want to know - are willing to travel to SRS and PAY for the Privilege send Matt an email ... I have use spaces and not @ so his email cannot be phished and used incorrectly


I did say "Mat you have to join the Olympus e-forum and post this there it will help lots of US ... and reflect very well on SRS making for Great Relationship Marketing but he just does not get the time ... two small children and a wife ... poor chap we have most of us being there ...

Perhaps a few with the E -M5 can try this ... and post results here ?

Matt also informed me of Bryce Bradford and his OM-D EM-5 and EM-1 images - ok I shall save you a search

Just look at THIS Bif WoW EEE !

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brb_pho...57629928336655

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brb_pho...6655/lightbox/

Here is his OM-D EM-5 tracking frame

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brb_pho...57629928336655



Let me know if and how the above AF info works
Having had a look at Myset 1, the setup done for flying things when I bought the camera, I see that RGB is at +2 also.
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Having had a look at Myset 1, the setup done for flying things when I bought the camera, I see that RGB is at +2 also.

Val, any chance of you capturing a flying thing image ? for here ?
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Val, any chance of you capturing a flying thing image ? for here ?
Okay. So here is Matt's setup being used by a BIF novice with rusty panning skills. I was in Manual mode because I needed / wanted the aperture stopped down, (F8). All shot in RAW, all been through LR
Taken at Borrow Pit Lake, by the Snowdome in Tamworth.

150mm ISO 400 F8 1/1250. Not bad, exposure about right on.



Then it was about to happen, I forgot to / didn't think to adjust the exposure so these are about 1 stop underexposed, corrected in LR, that's why there is noise.

Some tweak I did, (maybe vivid pic mode), made a difference, a couple of days ago it would have focused on the trees. Or maybe we are at infinity anyway.



This guy is across the lake pretty much.



What did I do different/new. I used RAW so I could recover my mistakes. The 14x little green square is just that LITTLE, so I found if you turn on the teleconverter it becomes a 7x medium green square. The DTC only works in JPEG so I still got the whole image, but it was easier to put the bird in the box. I could have magnified the 14x, but that make it impossible to see anything, unless you are on a tripod. ANd I could have just used the 7x square but that might have been to big of a focus area, to much room for error.
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Cheers Val - did you enjoy it ? which lens did you use ?
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