Olympus OM Zuiko 300mm f4.5 at 2 miles (3.2 Km)

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OP Bassam Guy Senior Member • Posts: 2,258
Re: Another try...

kohinoor wrote:

Bassam Guy wrote:

Behind my home is one in a series of parks on the Virginia side of the Potomac. The main reason I purchased the OM 300 f4.5 was for occasional bird & wildlife photography.

Well, today, one of those occasions happened. Some good news and some bad news.

Good news is that there was enough light for a good exposure, colors look pretty good, and - to my eyes - significant chroma is absent.

Bad news is that this bird (hawk?) still required significant cropping, and that I am terrible at focusing this lens - I hope practice will help

As nothing in that shot is as sharp as your landscape shots I think focus is off here. You're within the range of 'acceptable' focus but the peak of focus isn't on the subject.

I know the focus is bad, that's why I said so (see above). The point of this thread is to figure out if the lens is worth keeping.

And if this pic is only cropped but not downsized for posting then we are looking at an equivalent focal length of 1850mm ... and the subject still fills less than 1000px vertically. -Thats asking much even if the subject was nicely lit from the front (instead of back) and with perfect focus.

It was not downsized and is, indeed a crop

Advice: Keep trying!

Do you use magnified view for MF? -Helps a lot!

Yes, magnify and peaking. Magnify was too shaky, as it was hand held. By the time I took out my tripod, the inconsiderate bird had flown off. I shouted at him to perch on a closer branch but he just flipped me the bird and flew on.

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