RWPacific: I'm currently using a Canon 60D, sometimes with a macro lens and when the shutter releases I often get a blur of a very scared bird. I realize that, while mirrorless, this camera still has a mechanical shutter and have been in pursuit of information about how much less noise this camera generates. Can a mirrorless camera owner or Andy help me out with this question?
The other thing that I'm hoping I can understand better is the best 4/3 lens for this type of work. I'm looking at both the 12mm f/2.0 and 45mm f/1.8 lenses but am concerned about the minimum focus distance of the f/1.8 and how good the bokeh is on either which I haven't been able to determine from samples I've seen. Here's what I do if you'd like to look http://www.flickr.com/photos/61751629@N02/6621828417/in/photostream. This is a 400mm shot but the two above this in my photostream are macro shots.
Any helpful thoughts?
Hello Ron, I just looked at your photos on flickr. Very nice. I assume you're using the canon 400mm prime. Which macros? Judging by the photos I saw, I'm not certain the 12mm will work, although the 45 might produce some good images. I am assuming you are in a blind, by the way. As for shutter sound, my experience with Oly mft has been the shutter is certainly not silent, and a bit quieter than a Nikon dslr (d80), for eg, but will still spook wildlife. Incidentally, I favor manual canon fd primes on my mft cameras, and am particularly fond of my breech mount 85mm 1.8.
This would seem to be the "breaking off point" in the ISO range. Beyond this, things break down pretty quickly. But honestly, how many of us are really shooting at an ISO over 1600, or 3200? I'm usually on sticks by the time the light has declined to the point where I need an ISO over 1600.
tbower: That's really pushing it for a 4/3 sensor. These results are better than expected in my opinion.
brunobarolo: Noise reduction is much too strong, IMO, killing a lot of detail even in the "Noise Fiter = Off" setting.
I don't mind if it's high in the standard setting, but I want to have the option to turn it down much further. Sadly, that seems to be impossible in jpg mode.
Not good, Oly :(
I don't think you're seeing the product of noise reduction, but rather compression artifacts resulting from the jpg engine. Remember that jpg compression has the practical effect of filtering noise by dividing the image into many "quadrants" and "grouping" pixels within certain tonal ranges. A proper assessment requires the raw files, of course, but this gives a pretty good idea of the camera's performance at high ISO. Like other's have said, you do need low light to fully assess the treatment of noise, but these preliminary shots are certainly very encouraging.