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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second 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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Re: Bird in Flight Help

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Would the camera focus better/faster with 4k video? Doubt it...
Any reason to prefer an 8 MP shot over a 20 MP shot of a small bird in flight? Nope...
Thank you for your message.

I am also not convinced, except that the Panasonic GH5 goes further than Olympus and is able to pull an 18mp still from video footage
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Fabulous shots Tord. Are they with the 300mm?
Yes. Prefocused at 15-20 meters and me waiting for the opportunity.
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Yes. Prefocused at 15-20 meters and me waiting for the opportunity.
Super Can I ask about the settings (ISO) and cropping (if any)?

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Just to add something not mentioned as a practical advice, remember to set reset lens parameter to OFF. Otherwise the lens focus goes to zero position every time camera goes to iddle status (30 seconds or so) and when you think lens is already pre-focus at a given distance, it takes a while to refocus again, missing nearly one second and the shot.
I thought it reset the lens to infinity, which generally is quite good for me.

But that is when you switch off and on. I am unsure what happens (re focus) when you allow the camera to go to sleep then awake it. I tend to allow the camera to sleep, as it maintains the shutter and aperture last used, rather than reset everything.......
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Re: Bird in Flight Help

Been in touch with Andy Elliott regarding a meet at Fens Falconry and he needs to know how many people would like to come along and what the most likely date will be.

For me, it would have to be late this month or early September at the earliest.

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Re: Bird in Flight Help

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Super Can I ask about the settings (ISO) and cropping (if any)?

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Here you go Ian,

ISO 250
F/4
1/1600 s
All AF points
CAF lock on Loosest
IS off
+0.7 EV compensation

Adjusted white and black points in LR. Reduced color temperature a bit. Then cropped out 2500 x 1875 pixels and finally resized to 1024x768 when exporting.
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Re: Bird in Flight Help

End of August or first week in September works for me. Maybe this needs a new thread Ian.
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Re: Bird in Flight Help

VERY interested in attending, on holiday the first two weeks of September, (including the three weekends!) so any time except then suits me!
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Re: Bird in Flight Help

New thread Fens Falconry meet thread here:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=45761

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Re: Bird in Flight Help

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I thought it reset the lens to infinity, which generally is quite good for me.

But that is when you switch off and on. I am unsure what happens (re focus) when you allow the camera to go to sleep then awake it. I tend to allow the camera to sleep, as it maintains the shutter and aperture last used, rather than reset everything.......
That's what I thought... but the fact is that the lens does the reset every time it goes to iddle status so every minute or so. It takes a second to refocus again and this is not good when doing BIF, or when you expect to maintain a pre-focus at a given distance, you miss a lot of shots if reset lens parameter is not set to off.
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Re: Bird in Flight Help

Hi guys, it has been a while. I see we are still beating to death focus tracking on these cameras. I , less than a week ago, upgraded myself to the Mk2. Of course the bunnies stopped coming round, the birds stopped flying, and the Road Runners stopped running, (in the USA now AZ). I know the focusing is much improved in this camera, for $1600 incl TAX it should be. Has anyone tried using all 121 points and C-AF? Like in the advert with the cowboy coming at the camera. I tried it, could not figure it out, so wrote Olympus rep David. He said it was good for BIF and planes....hmmm okay. Off to the airport I went, we have one flight a day in and out. Switch the camera to C-AF and 121 focus points as the plane takes to the runway 7500 feet away from me, and against a background of good old AZ dirt, the camera locks on. I get a cluster of green squares over the plane. I would guess that that is the PDAF sensors picking up the plane coming toward me. I get some shots after lift off, then take my finger off the shutter, and half press again, and again it locked on to the plane, (not hard against a blue sky). I will post some pics in a separate thread. They do look a little soft, but it was noon time and the temp was well into the 90'sF and had been for a while so I am not sure how much the heat effected the pictures.
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Re: Bird in Flight Help

Locked on to this landing floatplane no problem...
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Re: Bird in Flight Help

been using mk2 with PL 100-400 for 2months for bif best settings for me are-
for small birds, c1-iso auto,wb auto,SAF MF, SIS off,MIS off, lens IS on,silent Lmulti shot.single spot focus.
for bif with background, same as c1 but 9spot focus,and all stabalisation on if panning, also caf.this is c2 setting.
for bif clear background same as c2 but all focus points, I have this on c3.
the reason ci is SAF MF is for when say kingfisher moves from branch to hover then I can focus manually with peaking (red) as the auto focus cant pick small bird up against background quick enough.
in all settings I have shutter speed and aperture on dials for quick adjustment, fn1 is used for doubling up, and fn2 is peaking.
shutter speed is my main priority and is usually 1000 minimum.
practice is the key and both eyes open when looking thro viewfinder and get used to were bird is in screen when following it with left eye.
I also found bbf focus method of no help but use the button as AEL.
as I am new to bif photography but not oly cameras I can only reiterate that these are so far the best settings for me.
I must also add that I wish the single spot focus point was more sensitive as it would resolve a lot of focus issues.
I am getting more keepers now and hopefully Olympus will upgrade.
for people with PL 100-400 lens I use no more than 300mm for bif as at 400mm it is hard to hand hold.
thanks for the continuing help on this forum.
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