Wifi is for the birds. E-M1 and Sigma 60

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Barry Stewart
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Wifi is for the birds. E-M1 and Sigma 60
5 months ago

'Not sure if it was Dad or Mom — but he/she was sure rockin' with the worms on Mother's Day!

North American robins had made a nest in the typical place under our deck and I figured it would be a good test for the Wifi controls in my new E-M1. I used my Sigma 60 and a gigantic old Manfrotto video tripod that can extend to about 8 feet.

Using my i-Pad, I could actually be in the house, adjusting the focus, aperture and film speed. I stayed outside, though, so I could get a preview of the parent coming in with the next load.

Note to self, if I get another chance before they learn to fly: keep the shutter speed up above 1/200th, as the little guys really vibrate when the worms arrive. F/4 has a pretty narrow DOF at this distance. I might tighten that up as well. This will force a high ISO (above 2000) but that's not as much of a problem with the modern sensors.

There's some screen delay, so "spray and pray" at 10 FPS is one way to up your chances of having a well-timed shot.

Wifi is cool! I highly recommend it, if you're looking into a new camera.
(I WISH Oly had allowed video control via Wifi. Panasonic does.)

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