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Quote: EM5 + 75-300 confirmed its special place in my heart
Oh Lord - I think Brian has fallen in love!
But having looking at the airshow pics in your folio ,there's only one word which can describe them:
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that is a charming picture Denny and the B&W treatment works well. Bambi is alive and well!
Thankyou Brian, taken this evening at the bird sanctuary. There was a bald eagle with a fledgling there this evening, but I could only get a distant shot of the adult.
Thanks CB, I'll sort out some of the better ones later and maybe put those up (if not, they will be on my website)
Well, Olympus are, on the face of it anyway, being rather brave: they have issued a challenge at Photokina - story here.
Basically you can put any DSLR up against the E-M5. Presumably they are confident the E-M5 can match or beat it?
What if someone turns up with a Nikon D4 or Canon 1D X. Lol!
Why Brave CB, they will be comparing prints not pixels
A0-sized prints: 47" x 33" prints............... which will no doubt be inspected very closely............ a bit like pixel-peeping.
I met a tog at the bird sanctuary yesterday, who was using a Nikon D300S. We spotted a bald eagle standing in the river feeding on something a long way off. We both tried quite a few shots to see if we could see what it had mainly, but we ended up comparing shots, and he eventually wouldn't even show me his, there was no comparison. He was using a Nikon VR 70-300mm and I was using, wait for it...........the Panasonic 100-300mm.
The colour version of the above B&W.
cute, even more Bambi like
I've been looking through more of my pictures and a pattern is emerging regarding what the EM-5 likes to AF on and what it doesn't.
No real suprises considering it uses Contrast Detection focus but it may be of use to someone else:
- Contrasting blocks of colour such as the Red Arrows against any sort of sky (it was getting almost instant lock on solitary Arrows even at maximum zoom and extreme distance)
- Linear patterns, such as the black + white lines on the underside of one of the WW2 fighters at Bournemouth (Seafire?). A Spitfire in camouflage + this plane with the stripes came over in formation, high above the house. Instant lock on the B&W striped job but it couldn't find the Spitfire
- sharp edges as with the Lynx and Tornados, it was able to lock onto the Tornados very quickly even against grey cloud and at high speed (made even easier when the afterburners were lit )
- bright colours but with random patterns, like Misdemeanour this one did suprise me
- smooth rounded shapes, like the Hurricane, made worse by
- drab low contrast colours and
- camouflage paintwork (this one is so obvious) yet even though the eye can see the plane clearly the EM5 really struggled with it
- any colour against a bright grey sky (apart from the Red of the Arrows and the bright orange of the Breitlings) yet the sharp profile of the Tornado overcame this to a large extent
The EM5 seems to use the viewfinder data, so if you shoot raw turn up the contrast to +1 and the EVF refresh rate to high.
Thanks Paul, I had picked that up from somwhere or other and that's how I have the system set for these shots. I also read that having the colour set to Vivid is also supposed to help but I haven't tried that yet.
One thing that I've yet to sort out is shooting in Shutter Priority with this combo, without sticking an ND filter on the 75-300 (don't have a 58mm one yet) I was was running out of aperture to get slower shutter speeds (f22+ was needed for 1/250th when shooting against the sky) so I shot the entire show in Aperture mode and just put up with the high shutter speeds.
Even if I could have got higher f-nos I believe that the diffraction associated with working at much above f16 gets quite bad (the sweet spot with my lens seems to be around f8)
I'm sure it almost goes without saying that, with the 2.0 crop, as well as doubling up the 'equivalent focal length' you are doubling up the f-stop in terms of DoF (but not in terms of light gathering).
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