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First shots with the 75mm

My 75mm arrived at 8.30am, so out with the dog by 8.45am....bumped into the Lady with the Pointers...so here goes..

The first is cropped - just a tad around the edges so its about 85% of the frame

all are at ISO500 with single AF and image stabilisation IS2 and 1/4000 shutter priority


These next two are not cropped and have no post processing at all



..bikkies time...this is cropped and includes my hound, bottom right.


I think I'm going to get on with this lens!
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

Nice shots! This is my favourite lens - so far!
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

Congrats on the new lens, love the second image.
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

Oooooh, I'm jealous, but keep posting nevertheless!
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

thanks Guys...can you give me any advice on settings for panning?..i.e. fast moving dogs.

I have set 'Myset2' to ISO500, IS2 and S-AF (because I've not had much success with C-AF with or without tracking) and use shutter priority for this. The action shot above is not super sharp if viewed at 100%, but its ok and would probably print unto A3 and still look reasonable. The focus point was on the dog's tag on his collar and shutter was 1/4000.
I use a single focus point....should I be allowing the camera to select the focus point?

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Re: First shots with the 75mm

I can't give definitive advice about settings with Olympus cameras but I have had a fair bit of experience in taking action shots of racing greyhounds with Canon cameras. I would advise single point with continuous focusing. Using these settings with the dog running across the frame rather than towards you or at an angle should give you decent results. When the dog is running towards you I never had success with any form of autofocus ( I was using Canon 30D and 40D and not the professional jobs). For this type of shot I focused manually on a spot and tried to click just before the dog got there. It took a lot of practice before I got a fair proportion of successes. Racing greyhounds travel at 40MPH so it should be easier with pet dogs.

Unlike you, I was shooting nearly always at night under floodlights which weren't the best. On the few occasions when I had the chance to shoot during the day I had a far greater proportion of successes using autofocus. To be honest most of the pictures I got were not critically sharp if pixel peeping but as I was selling them as 10"x8" prints they were good enough.

One thing I would suggest is shooting at slower speeds to get motion blur. My customers did not like this kind of shot so I never bothered but I have seen some terrific examples with a dog running on a beach. Shooting at night meant the best speed I could use was 800th of a second (very often not even that) so most of my photos had some degree of motion blur. Personally I don't think you should be trying for a photo with all signs of movement removed. I've got some that I took during the day in good light and they are nice and sharp but a bit lifeless to be honest.

I hope this is of some use to you. What I would say is that with practice you will definitely get better. When I started, I ended up with lots of blurs, photos of parts of dogs and large areas of sand but I eventually got better. I don't know if you intend selling your work but if you are, I think it could be worthwhile because folk seem to like action pictures. I eventually gave up because what started as a means of paying for my hobby was turning into a business with all the stresses that came with it. I had just retired from one stressful job and I wasn't looking for another one but there is definitely money to be made if that is what you want.
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

Thanks greyhound.
I will try with C-AF again.
Its reassuring what you say with regard to dogs coming towards you, I had limited success when I used a 50D ...this is something that definitely needs lots of practice, I've had some success with pre focussing. I've never persevered with this before but now with the fast 75mm giving extra reach I shall practice more. Thanks again.
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

When I had my Om-D for sport / moving objects I used.
A Mode. Try for F8 to F10
Increase ISO so you get a min speed of 1/150 ( 2 x max mm of lens )
S-AF and single point
IS1 ( Auto)
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

Thanks Pete, F8 would give extra depth of field so that would be good. Even though the EM-5 has good high ISO noise performance I'm always reluctant to go there - but I'll give it a go.
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

...my lad was feeling a bit left out this morning, so took these this afternoon (with the 75mm new toy of course).
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

Terrific images and I LURVE the 2nd ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT
and that LENS EEK and your did chap is luvverly too
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

Thanks Chevvy....I think I need a second body now because this lens should always be on the camera.
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

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Thanks Chevvy....I think I need a second body now because this lens should always be on the camera.
Brian, don't I know ... I need a second body ... a slim one ... size 10

I went that way with the E1 had 4 of them now 2
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Re: First shots with the 75mm

I do a lot of moving Dogs at our Agility meetings. I generally use the E-1 + 70-300mm.
Set to c-AF
Constrained to ISO 200 ( over that picture quality is dross )
Aperture priority
Set to f5.6-f11 depending on shutter speed
I use both panning, horizontal and vertical and fixed point focus.

Wish I had your lens

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