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Olympus OM-D EM-5 Discussion


StrayCat Plus
11 16.4k 2 Canada
6 Feb 2013 9:39PM
Can't wait to get the 60mm Macro, but it'll be 2 months.Tongue

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brian1208 Plus
12 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 9:53PM
Thanks Denny, the birds around the UK tend to be very wary of humans so a lot of my shots are at a distance such that even 300mm is too short a lot of the time, so the extra reach is potential very helpful.

Its not that long ago that all wild-life and birding work was manual focus (as everything else) so its just a case of re-learning the techniques Smile

Here's a shot taken at the end of the session (some 400+ shots) by which time I was beginning to get the hang of it, this image fills about 50% of the frame from around 200ft

tamron-500mm-two-gulls.jpg

6 Feb 2013 11:00PM
You seem to be getting to grips with your new toy very nicely Brian!....a good series of shots posted.

Are you using focus magnification, or does it get too wobbly at that focal length?
brian1208 Plus
12 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 11:15PM
Thanks Roger, no I'm not using the focus mag in these shots, in fact the doughnut bokeh makes quite a neat focus confirmation system for a lot of the shots (so long as its there in the background) as it smooths out as the lens gets into focus.

I have live view boost off too so I can keep a rough eye on the exposure (I have a feeling the lens doesn't behave as an f8 aperture, maybe f9+? but it seems to work OK as I'm using it at the moment) I have the IS set for 500mm and I can really hear it working when hand-holding Smile


Quote:Can't wait to get the 60mm Macro, but it'll be 2 months.Tongue

it will be worth the wait Denny, you will enjoy it
brian1208 Plus
12 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 7:59AM
Still exploring the Tamron 500 and finding it quite capable in the right conditions. This shot, off the monopod in rather grey overcast but clear conditions suprised me as it shows more resolving power / sharpness than I anticipated.

Shot from Hengistbury Head across Mudeford Harbour I would estimate the distance at about 1 mile, yet you can read the RNLI sign on the Lifeboat Station

tamfon-500-across-the-harbour.jpg

Carabosse Plus
12 39.8k 269 England
10 Feb 2013 12:49PM
Considering that's 1000mm FF equiv with monopod, that's really good, Brian! Smile

With a tripod it may have been a tad sharper, I'm guessing.
brian1208 Plus
12 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 1:22PM
Thanks CB.

You are probably right but I don't plan to use a tripod with this lens except for very specific purposes as that would defeat the drive to reduce weight.

In this case I doubt the tripod would have made much difference in this as I think we are seeing atmospheric blurring in addition to the optical weakness of the lens, don't forget its about a mile away over water on a grey day so there is going to be a bit of water vapour about despite the apparent clarity
StrayCat Plus
11 16.4k 2 Canada
10 Feb 2013 7:00PM
Do you think a haze filter might help Brian?
brian1208 Plus
12 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 7:15PM
Not sure how you would fit that on the front of a mirror lens Denny?

The filters that come with it are screw in ones that fit in the back of the lens

When the light is better its capable of excellent detail and sharpness, these two are a reduced original + 100% crop taken at about 400 yds

tamron-500-mirror-building.jpg



tamron-500-mirror-building-100--crop.jpg

StrayCat Plus
11 16.4k 2 Canada
10 Feb 2013 7:35PM
Oops! Didn't realise it was a mirror lens.
StrayCat Plus
11 16.4k 2 Canada
10 Feb 2013 7:37PM
Have you tried it at night, maybe a nice moon shot?
brian1208 Plus
12 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 8:58PM
That's on my list of things to do, if we can only have a clear night, its still cold, grey and overcast in the UK at the moment, miserable weather
brian1208 Plus
12 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 10:36AM
Some sun yesterday and I had a chance to see what this lens is really capable of, this Swan shot (yes I know "ABS" Grin ) shows it can pull a tremendous amount of detail out even hand-held.

I'm a convert to mirror lenses as a good value, light-weight solution to the need for long focal distance on a budget

tamron-500-swan.jpg



with a 100% crop of the feather detail

tamron-500-swan-crop.jpg

Carabosse Plus
12 39.8k 269 England
16 Feb 2013 11:05AM
Excellent result, Brian! Did you use the monopod?
brian1208 Plus
12 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 1:12PM
Thanks CB, nope, all hand-held on this walk, the IS in body makes it remarkably easy

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