The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 25 December 15, 2013
The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 25 December 15, 2013
3 months ago
Well, the testing of the E-M1 on BIF continues. Last week I promised to give you my thoughts on the EC20 with the ZD90-250mm f2.8 but I will have to put that off ‘till next week as I need to get the photos processed.
My second post on alternate BLN-1s.
The third will be some shots I took yesterday with of a Great Egret fishing.
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Available on eBay as a package:
2 BLN-1 + Wall/Auto charger for US$21.98, shipped from Shenzhen, China through Hong Kong
Specs for original BLN-1 are: 7.6 V at 1220 mAh
Charger specs: 8.7 @ 600 mA
Specs for alternate BLN-1: DSTE (China) 7.6 V at 2100 mAh
(that is a whopping 72% increase in available power)
Charger specs: 8.4 DC @ 600 mA
I have tried these out with the ZD300 which needed two of the old BLM-1s at 1500mAh in parallel to be fully effective and I believe that they have solved my problems with focusing birds in flight.
This short sequence of a Great Egret fishing was taken with the E-M1 with the ZD300 + the EC14. 1/4000 at ISO 400. Minor cropping except for the heavily cropped image showing how much detail is available with this sensor.
Thanks for looking, comments welcome,
Kereru is also the only surviving bird since Moa and Huia capable of ingesting the large fruit and berries of the native trees of New Zealand and dispersing their seed. Trees such as Miro, Puriri, Tawa and Tairare are especially reliant on Kereru to disperse their seed so that they may naturally regenerate.
I need practice with these yard birds as I've not played with them for about 6 months... Two reasons - - The yard has become more shaded this year as the vegetation around it has grown taller and fuller.. Then again in early summer the birds left and are only slowly coming back as the leaves fall with the cold weather... The reason they left is obvious – our neighborhood hawk. He use to schedule visits at 9 and 2 daily for several weeks and then move on to a different restaurant. Recently he is constantly present, any time I spend time sitting in the yard I'm sure to see him several times coming through at about 3 feet off the ground, skimming over the roof or just flying between trees (I may exaggerate.). The reason he's here so often I suspect is because the original pair of Cooper's hawks and their progeny have so populated the area that territories are shrinking and, of course, he likes the meals which are plentiful......Here is one of our long time residence and survivors. She and her ancestors and young have been here longer than I have, and I've lived here mush longer than I expected....
E-30 with the ZD70-300mm lens f/7.1@1/800sec ISO 800 sunny afternoon as the sun was going down
Like some others on this forum I'm playing with mFT to see if it is the way forward and to shoot in lower light than with my E-30. So this next picture was taken on a day that I would have wanted to use the E-30 but used the G5 instead, again with the ZD70-300.... f/10@1/1300sec and ISO3200. Again afternoon but on a completely overcast day; however, it brightened considerably before this shot which could have been taken at a lower ISO but I was really interested in how the mFT camera performed at 3200 with this small and ultimately cropped subject..(the birds are understandable skittish and won't let me as close as I was getting last spring when I was trying out the 105mm macro on them!)
The day before I was using the small auto focus box and was very unhappy with the results which resulted in my getting the E-30 and taking that first picture.. For the second picture I used the Pinpoint focus, which I had previously ignored because I knew it would be slower, but with some patient birds I've decided that with practice this will work...Since, I'm using FT lenses for this play time I suspect that native mFT lenses will focus much faster in this mode and I've somewhat confirmed that by playing with the Panny 20mm lens (which is one of the two mFT lenses that I own.) …. The pictures cleanup reasonably well with batch processing using Neat Image. The loss of detail in these pictures is probably more due to the distance I had to stay, the lens/sensor resolution, and the resulting small image on the file than to noise reduction. So if Panasonic or Olympus will give us that 300mm f/4 lens for this system and I resolve a few other nagging issues then mFT could be that way forward for me.... I have been following Richard’s and Trevor's results with this system with much interest.
As an afterthought I liked that branch hanging down in front of the second cardinal because this system would have had trouble focusing with just the CD small focus box. I found it often would look through the subject to the more contrasty leaves behind the bird (part of the frustration the day before.) and might have stopped at that branch. I hope Olympus provides a similar Pinpoint Focus method and that Panasonic doesn't drop it....
All comments and critiques are appreciated and thanks for taking the time to stop by.
here is a sequence from 2 weeks back, SE coast Australia
A family of Grey Butcherbirds was feeding on the ground and in some low trees.
I was told that they'd been working the back gardens and parkland in the neighbourhood and I found them on the ground under some shady trees. The juveniles looked to me like they'd been out of the nest for about a week and were squawking loudly demanding to be fed.
Food for these guys ranges from insects right up to small birds of almost equal size . .
looking down at mother as she searches for food . . .
on the ground in a garden bed and calling out to mother . . .
mother catches a beetle and does some tenderising . . .
the delivery . . .
it's a real mouthful . . .
The Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) is endemic to eastern Australia. It is found in humid and heavily forested upland regions of the eastern portion of the continent, including eucalyptus wooded areas in and directly adjacent to subtropical and temperate rainforest. They feed on fruits, seeds or small insects.
How well does your 300mm work on the E-M1 in terms of focus speed. (Focus accuracy is obvious!)
This is an excellent action series -- well done in terms of timing and exposure.
Are these batteries chipped so they display the charge on the EM1, and can you please provide a link to the website?
Thanks for the help,
....and gives me hope that I can use my 300/2.8 on the EM1 effectively - I've been sitting on the fence unsure.
Can you show us the link for those batteries?
The batteries are n0t decoded and will not show status, they just show green. Batteries and charger are from DSTE, on the web they advertise 1350 mAh but are shipping 2100mAh.
There are several others on eBay you can try, I have been told wasabi is a good brand but I don't know.
On eBay. The Company is DSTE ( see my other response about batteries.)
Lovely sequence, excellent details - no highlight clipping in white here is there?
I am so envious.
Beautiful set, my favorite is the first - great composition, action and detail the light on the background is superb
Very nice slice of family life
Nice poses and detail