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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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This image is hand held at 0.5 sec exposure. Yes there were a couple of attempts to lock focus without the focus assist and a few where the Jarl did not stay still; but I nailed it...the IBIS is amazing.



A little earlier and a lot more light and a shorter exposure and focus did not lock hard on to any of the faces. This is where I am confused.

Now, it could well be my technique so I am open to suggestions.
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Re: Amazed and confused

I would suggest it's locked focus fine in the second image _on the middle person - but the face has motion blur

As a slight aside such helmeted heavily bearded faces aren't going to be the easiest subjects for FD but I presume you got the VF confirmation when shooting

it may be a 'shorter' shutter speed but it's still a very long one for a moving head
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Re: Amazed and confused

A couple of fine pictures. I agree - the second one is in focus. Look at the chain-mail.
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I think that second shot is very good.

If it were my image, I'd process it heavily to make it look like a "Film Noir" still from a movie.
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Re: Amazed and confused

If I understand right Chris you are saying that when the light was better it struggled to focus but when it got darker it focused without much problem?

If so, I suspect it was down to contrast difference, there is a lot of contrast in these shots which would make it very easy for the AF to function properly whereas with the lighter sky the contrast would have been less

Great images and that looks like a fun event
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Re: Amazed and confused

No Brian
It focussed quickly with the better light but I thought the focus was off
Others have explained that the focus is good but the exposure was too Long
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Re: Amazed and confused

Sorry to have misunderstood but glad you have it sorted
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Re: Amazed and confused

Your 2nd shot really gives a feeling of life and movement, just right for the subject.
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