Took the plunge and ordered the 150-400...

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Ranlee Senior Member • Posts: 2,068
Re: Took the plunge and ordered the 150-400...

Richandhiscat wrote:

Ranlee wrote:

Richandhiscat wrote:

Stephane SHG wrote:

Honestly I'd make sure to buy a great Olympus camera with it ( PDAF, Dual IS, live ND, focus stacking ..)

I had an Em1 2, and I prefer the G9 in every way. Handles far better, focuses better (I don't do a lot of bifs), don't use live ND (don't even know what is) or focus stacking. Dual IS appeared to be better in the viewfinder, but the results too often didn't come up to expectations. The G9 with OLY OIS works fine (I've managed 1/60 sec with the 300 + mc20) , and pre burst is superb. And as for the Olympus video quality...

I love Olympus lenses but not Olympus cameras.

It's interesting. I am very happy with my G9 but when I bought the 300f4 last year I also picked up an EM1-2 to take advantage of the dual IS with the 300. Surprisingly, results of my own testing showed the G9 utilizing only the lens OIS managed consistently sharper pictures than the EM1-2 combo using dual IS. So I found no reason to keep the Oly body and sent it back.

I have also thought about the 150-400 but manage to talk myself out of it each time - although it isn't always easy. So I'm just jealous. I am sure you will have a lot of fun with it. Here's hoping you don't have to wait too long to get it your hands.

That's exactly what I did - bought a used EM1 2 when the 2TC came out because I assumed the dual IS would make a difference.

What appeared to be happening was that there was a noticeable difference when looking through the viewfinder, in that the EM dual combination was smooth when handholding, but the G9 OIS only was a bit jerky - steady, move, steady, move. When I photographed a herd of deer some distance away, the EM appeared to lock on instantly on the deer, and the lens appeared steady. However (I always shoot a burst with long tele shots), the entire sequence was soft, so I changed to the G9 - at least half the sequence were sharp. I think the dual combination sort of floats, and unless the camera is on a tripod or steadied somehow there is constant movement which can show on a long slow shutter speed shot. The OIS on the other hand is perfectly still at least some of the time while you are taking the shot, and using a burst picks this up (unless you're unlucky). With the shorter 12-100 there was no problem.

Just my theory.

As good a theory as any.  I to tested with the 2TC.  Not with a tripod but handheld free, using a bean bag and finally braced against a window sill.  In each case the OIS alone and G9 did better.  I've since realized that for me - unless I'm braced really well - handheld with the 300+2TC is problematic.  I now often use a monopod with a Wimberley head which is a bit expensive but works well.

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