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Thanks, I think Stonechat as the Winchat has a white eyebar (and is much less common than the Stonechat which is very common on Hengistbury Head) but I have been wrong before
Here's another tight crop from this morning, a female Blackcap but in this case I let the SAF do the work and it focused on the branch junction just above and to the right of the eye (this was a grab shot before the bird took fright)
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FYI, I have been advised to get out and take some images by a number of people in the past 24 hours; I just checked the shutter count on my E-M5, which I started using on the 1st day of May, 2012, it is 20,273 actuations. I think that gives me a pretty good daily count.
Instructions can be found here; Diagnostics for E-M5 Use at your own risk.
amazing how quickly they build up isn't Denny - I sometimes worry about the shutter life on this thing as I seem to be racking up the numbers too.
Has anyone seen anything about this?
I haven't Brian.
For some time now I have been using Multi-Segment metering, as opposed to Spot, which has always been my preference. I am much happier with this setup for what I've been doing, far less jumping about of the selected focus point. I am finding it settles and gives me the point I want immediately, even the eye of a butterfly in bad lighting at about 1/25s to 1/80s, which much of what Ive been doing recently has been. For me, it's like a new and improved camera system over the struggles I was having using Spot metering. The only misses I'm getting with the focal point now are my unsteady hands. Try it, you'll like it.
Quote: .........This is a re-post of the shot I put up (on page 147) where you said try increasing the contrast a little. Now re-worked and slightly cropped.....how does it look on your screen?
Much better here Roger. Not as bright and hazy looking as before. Excellent!
Quote: I think Stonechat as the Winchat has a white eyebar (and is much less common than the Stonechat which is very common on Hengistbury Head)
On reflection, I agree. Besides, local knowledge carries a lot a weight, in my opinion, and it's been very many years since I was in that part of the country. Even then, I was rarely on or around Hengistbury Head.
Nice shot of the Blackcap too, despite the camera getting distracted by the twig.
Quote: For some time now I have been using Multi-Segment metering
Me too, I'm only using spot when the light is particularly unbalanced but even then I'm more likely to use manual control and get what I want that way.
With these small birds at distance I find that even with the focus point on single point with 14X mag it can fairly easily get distracted (as with the Blackcap), so I try to avoid the situation whenever possible
The trick with SAF+M is proving my favourite for greater focus accuracy whenever the situation requres it and time allows (not always the case)
I suspect however that we are all finding the more we use the system the better its getting?
Agreed. It's just a case of getting used to the way it works, and learning to get the best out of it.
Like you (Denny and Brian), I mostly use ESP, but will occasionally switch to Spot where I think it's appropriate. Either way, I will often dial in exposure compensation to tweak the result to suit my taste where necessary - a task which seems particularly intuitive with the way this camera is designed.
What I really need to do now - and hopefully will get the chance in the coming week - is to experiment more with the E-M5 in my favourite type of photography: landscape. There's a big (literally!) difference between the little Olympus and my EOS 5D, and I have my doubts that I'll be able to reach the point of selling off the Canon. But we'll see.
Quote: I mostly use ESP
A bit of mind-reading does help!
............................ yes, I know - coat/door!
Yes we'll it's a step up from blind guesswork.
Just got home from another productive day, 509 shots saved. Today I tried useing the small flash that came with the camera, and discovered that for a dull day, it just barely gives enough light for close subjects, but only at about 1/200, or more resonably 1/100s at ISO 800. Today is a holiday so I didn't get the new flash.
Back again, been getting prints ready for a competition (sorry Pentax shots this time).
Brian, thanks for the info about the IS setting etc. I will try it out ASAP.
Is it possible to program Fn2 button to change the IS setting? I have read the manual but could not find any information about it.
Colin, I hope to hear how you make out trying some of my ideas. I haven't found how to customise a button for IS but using the OK button to call up SCP works well for me anyway
I'm hoping to have a happy day tomorrow when, Parcel Force willing, I should receive my Oly 60mm macro
Really looking forward to seeing how you get on with the 60mm macro, Brian. If anyone can get the best out of it, you can.
Might consider this instead of the 45mm/f1.8, although it's much more pricey, of course.
Thanks CB - no pressure then!
I was playing with ISO to see how far I can push it and still get something useful. This is a shot at ISO6400 of a print of a ChiffChaff I have hanging on my office wall. Noisy at full size with loss of detail / sharpness but perfectly useable for an 12"x8" print
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