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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

Here we are then, a sort of photo diary of a wet coach trip to a garden in Kent (from Dorset ).

A 12 hour marathon with a lot of it stuck in traffic jams!

But a chance to test out the 60mm macro in some less than ideal conditions

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Keeping breakfast warm - ISO 400 1/15th sec f8




A rainy view from Guildford Cathedral



A gate through to the garden



A lichen covered statue, f3.5



Autumn colour in the rain




A welcome log fire (with cream teas)

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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

and the last one, which for some reason I couldn't add

The Road To Hell - crawling along at about 15 mph on the M25 (ISO400, f2.8 at 1/50th sec) shot from the 3rd row of the coach over the heads of the passengers in the front two rows

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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

double post for some reason. I'm having problems posting this morning?
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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

Thanks for the general photos with this lens. We now have the official Australian price (finally) at $599

I've also noticed besides the Lens Cap (front) that comes with the lens (with the ID of LC-46), there is also another listed as LSC-0814. Could this be for use with the Lens Hood (LH-49)?
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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

I had the chance to shoot a few bird pics this morning,

The first is a starling with f4 to look at bokeh and detail, the main image is around 50% of the full frame (I was able to get very close to these birds) and the second is a 100% crop at around 998 pixs on the longest side

This lens reminded me how important the quality of the lens is regarding the speed and accuracy of focus of a system. With the 60mm macro on the system is nearly as fast and accurate as my old 60D + 70-300LIS (but very much shorter on reach, obviously)

With the 75-300 on I would not have been able to isolate this gull as it past the boats and houses in the background (except by manual focus) and even then the isolation would not have been so good. f7.1, with SAF single point 4fps





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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

Will you stop it? The combination of your skills and this lens is so enticing!
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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

Resistance is Futile Stephen (as the Vogons used to say )

You know you want one and they are very reasonable compared to the Panasonic 45 f2.8
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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

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With the 75-300 on I would not have been able to isolate this gull as it past the boats and houses in the background (except by manual focus) and even then the isolation would not have been so good. F7.1, with SAF single point 4fps
The 75-300mm is F4.8-6.7 and the gull (last picture) was shot with 60mm@F4 so presumably you would have been shooting at the wide end of the 75-300 if it had been on the camera at around F4.8-F5.0; so would you have stopped down to F7.1 by choice, perhaps to increase the sharpness on this zoom lens?
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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

More impressive images Brian, good to see some non macro shots.
The Starling image is very impressive
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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

Absolutely fabulous bird shots Brian. What a lens and it's in good hands too.
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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

to OM User - yes, I normally stop down the 75-300 to f7.1 or f8 to get this sort of sharpness but I haven't explored the shorter FLs that much though so may get away with it a bit wider (edit: I've just re-read your question and I think I answered the wrong one! With the canon 60D+ 70-300LIS, no I would probably get this sort of result wide open at 70mm, as you can see I was thinking of the Oly 75-300 when talking about needing f7.1, sorry)

I must have a play one of the days and try to map out the sharpness vs aperture response across the FL range

Thanks Huw and Phil, its a remarkable little tool and very good value. I need something this good at around 150mm to 200mm then I will be a really happy bunny

(Imagine being able to pull shots like this with the correct FL (these are major crops to see how the detail held up). Its so fast and accurate to focus it transforms the EM-5)



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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

Spider Alert -Not for Arachnaphobes


As the weather had improved I went out specifically to shoot some of a garden spider, specifically to find one working and get detail of the spinnaret from which they pull the silk. This is the type of behavioural shot I like and am getting a reputation for so wanted to see if this new lens would get me the sort of results my canon gear did - in short, it does.
Now I can concentrate on learning how to get the best from this macro system.

These were all shot in SAF + M mode, using the body rock method for final location of the single (x10 mag) point of focus. FL600R flash in FP manual mode with shutter speeds of around 1/640th - 1/100th sec, ISO 400 with f8.

So, some shots (+ a male common Gnat I spotted trapped in another web. It was vibrating a bit in the wind so I aimed just to get the antenna sharp, they are a useful way of separating the sexes, )

The subject:



extruding the silk for the web



using a rear leg to bring the new silk to the web



Spinnaret detail



Male Gnat in web showing antenna detail

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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

Some awesome shots on this thread, I'm particularly impressed with Brian's spiders.

The danger here is to think "If I had that lens I'd get shots like that". This is NOT true
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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

It certainly looks like this lens fulfils your requirements, Brian.

But John is correct. It also takes expertise, which I certainly haven't got for macro shots, at least.
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Re: Olympus 6omm f2.8 Images

Thanks John & Stephen. The thing is, if you aren't held back with your kit then you CAN achieve these sorts of results (and much better) with a bit of practise and a lot of observation of the subject species. I reckon the bulk of what limited success I have comes from knowing how my subjects behave and what they are going to do. Then the mechanics of getting the shot can be put to best use.

The best technique in the world won't get the shot unless it is linked to intimate knowledge of the subject (only in my opinion of course )

All this is hand-held of course
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