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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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Bird photography problems

I am having problems photographing small birds in my garden. The shots are not coming out in good focus. Are any of the attached settings maybe causing the problem please?
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Re: Bird photography problems

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I am having problems photographing small birds in my garden. The shots are not coming out in good focus. Are any of the attached settings maybe causing the problem please?
I would recommend S-AF (Sequential Low) if the birds are basically stationary. It would be helpful to see these images you refer to.
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Re: Bird photography problems

Thanks Ross. I'll try that and will post a few images later today.
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Re: Bird photography problems

I would also take control of the ISO setting to ensure a high shutter speed. Those little varmints move very quickly, and just a small movement can screw up your photograph...
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Sounds like a good plan! Many thanks!
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Re: Bird photography problems

what lens and what shutter speed ?
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Re: Bird photography problems

Sorry, I should have mentioned that! It's the Olympus 40-150mm lens with the 1.4x Teleconverter. Shutter speed set by camera at 1/250 as I shoot in Aperture Priority.
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Re: Bird photography problems

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Sorry, I should have mentioned that! It's the Olympus 40-150mm lens with the 1.4x Teleconverter. Shutter speed set by camera at 1/250 as I shoot in Aperture Priority.
I should have mentioned that you would be best to be using Antishock Drive Mode as well (AntiShock set at 0 secs, which is default with the E-M1 Mk II) because that is in the shutter speed territory of sensitive movements (up to 1/320 sec) from shutter shock. This camera is much less prone to that, but still worth avoiding it for what you are doing.
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Thanks Ross. I'll try that!
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Re: Bird photography problems

I would recommend setting a minimum shutter speed of 1/500th sec to try and stop any motion. As already mentioned above these little birds move very quickly.

Also, if you are shooting through double glazing or even a single glass paned window be aware that shooting at an angle distorts the field of view.
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Re: Bird photography problems

A couple of example shots:
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Re: Bird photography problems

The images you have posted do seem out of focus but unfortunately they have no EXIF data included.

It seems the software you used to process them is removing it.

Could you post one straight out of the camera ?
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Re: Bird photography problems

Here is a screen shot showing the Exif data
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Re: Bird photography problems

Your shutter speed of 1/2000th sec is certainly fast enough.
ISO 1600 is somewhat high and certainly is adding noise to the whole image.

But nothing in the two pics seems to be in focus.

Is this a crop of a larger image or the whole image?

Are shots you take of other subjects in focus ?

I have to say I am struggling to find anything obviously wrong.
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Re: Bird photography problems

Up the ISO - 1/500th sec has been suggested but I would aim for higher. Your top post showed you are using CAF. For (nearly) stationary birds uses SAF. The problem is that the CAF will slowly move as it tries to keep focus. When there is something the same distance away the point of focus will creep but as there is something in focus it does not get picked up. This is best noticed photographing birds on the lawn from a standing position when the point of focus can move down the bird onto the grass and then slowly move down the grass towards you. Go into playback on the camera and change the image view so that you can see the green square indicating the point of focus and you will find that in a large number of cases it has drifted off the bird. For birds in flight there is generally less clutter/distraction in the same focal plane so CAF does not wander off the subject.

I have also found (on E-M5i and E-PM2) that using zoom focus rather than one of the predefined focus points can significantly slow down the speed fo focus. However another forum member has done some tests and found that the actual focus point when using the predfefined focus points can sometimes be slightly outside the inicated rectangle. You pays your money and takes your choice.
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