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Olympus OM-D EM-5 Discussion


brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 8:29PM
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 Wink

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)

blackcap-female.jpg

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StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
7 Oct 2012 9:44PM
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.Grin

Denny

Instructions can be found here; Diagnostics for E-M5 Use at your own risk.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 9:58PM
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?
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
7 Oct 2012 10:08PM
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.Grin Try it, you'll like it.Wink

Denny
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
7 Oct 2012 10:12PM

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!

Denny
mdpontin e2
10 6.0k Scotland
7 Oct 2012 10:16PM

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.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 11:09PM

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 Smile

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? Wink
mdpontin e2
10 6.0k Scotland
8 Oct 2012 12:25AM
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.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Oct 2012 1:09AM

Quote:I mostly use ESP


A bit of mind-reading does help! Grin Tongue

............................ yes, I know - coat/door! Wink
mdpontin e2
10 6.0k Scotland
8 Oct 2012 6:58AM
Grin

Yes we'll it's a step up from blind guesswork. Grin
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
8 Oct 2012 10:09PM
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.Tongue

Denny
8 Oct 2012 10:09PM
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.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 10:15PM
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
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Oct 2012 10:17PM
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. Smile

Might consider this instead of the 45mm/f1.8, although it's much more pricey, of course.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 10:26PM
Thanks CB - no pressure then! Wink

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

iso-6400-chiffchaff.jpg


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