M43 vs dSLR for birds, focusing

Started Jun 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
Trevor Carpenter
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Re: M43 vs dSLR for birds, focusing

Solomente wrote:

I have an E-M1 and a 100-300 and do birding shots all the time. My experience matches what you're already seeing with M43... basically a complete inability to focus on any BIF. This is with C-AF or S-AF, single point or 9-point focus, face detection off, and all the other tricks people have suggested. The lens hunts from one end to the other, despite clearly having a large flying animal taking up a major portion of the focus area, with a bright contrasting background. Focus never locks.

Based on the feedback people have posted, and the fantastic pictures like Brian Wadle has shown, it's clearly possible to do BIF. I'm beginning to suspect, however, that the Oly camera and Panny lens combination is not the way to do it. It seems to me that the people having success have two factors going for them: A) They know what they're doing, and B) They are using the same brand camera and lens.

I can see how people find it difficult face it BIFs are difficult with the best equipment but "basically a complete inability to focus on any BIF" I just don't see.  It isn't that difficult and anybody should be able to get some reasonable keepers.  Unlike some other people here I find that bird against blue sky is the least problematical and providing light is good focusing with my G6 and 100-300 will pick up fairly small subject matter.

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