Swallows with EM1X and 300 Pro

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glassoholic
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Swallows with EM1X and 300 Pro
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And a Noisy Miner

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New Day Rising
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Superb!

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RobPNth Contributing Member • Posts: 543
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A cracker series. Were you cropping much?

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mikero Senior Member • Posts: 1,002
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Excellent series.  Not had too much success against backgrounds myself yet.

Mike

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glassoholic
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RobPNth wrote:

A cracker series. Were you cropping much?

Here is an unprocessed JPG straight out of camera of the first pic... pretty much how the rest were framed... Some were a little further away.

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glassoholic wrote:

Love it.....if lorikeets are the spitfires of the bird world swallows must be lightings and cockies the Lancaster’s maybe

looks like you have your X working ok

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glassoholic wrote:

And a Noisy Miner

Awesome stuff. Swallows are as extreme,an autofocus test as it gets. Takes alot of skill on top of great caf on a camera.

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glassoholic
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dav wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

Love it.....if lorikeets are the spitfires of the bird world swallows must be lightings and cockies the Lancaster’s maybe

looks like you have your X working ok

Lol... Cocky says "Pizzorff... I'm busy eating".

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Simply bloody superb, mate.

Love the Noisy Miner (last one, for non-natives ... ).

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glassoholic
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JaKing wrote:

Simply bloody superb, mate.

Love the Noisy Miner (last one, for non-natives ... ).

Thanks mate... it is my second BIF shoot with the 300 Pro. I used a PL 100-400 a lot, and it is very good, but just got frustrated with high ISO all the time. The Pro is a bit sharper as well in the centre and a lot sharper towards the edges and corners. I can do a big crop from an extreme corner and still get the best possible result. If you nail focus with the Pro, it also pops, even with shadow detail as well.

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Tony Rogers Senior Member • Posts: 1,477
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Very nice! Not easy with the birds against that background.

I presume that you had your focus limiter set? I would also be interested in all the other settings that you used! Focus points? Centre priority? etc.

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JulesGo
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Nice work.  Swallows are difficult.  Were you using the 1.4X TC ?

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Toni Genes
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Nice pics.

Which settings you used ?

AF Scanner ?

AF Area pointer ?

C-AF sensitivity  ?

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glassoholic
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Tony Rogers wrote:

Very nice! Not easy with the birds against that background.

I presume that you had your focus limiter set? I would also be interested in all the other settings that you used! Focus points? Centre priority? etc.

F5, 1/2500, auto ISO, CAF +1, E shutter 18fps L, 9x7 custom AF points, no centre priority or centre start, Sync IS On and FPS Priority, shutter release priority on and AF Limiter 4-120m. EE1 Dot Sight... most important of all.

I am still on the fence with the +1 CAF setting... I used to use +2 and think for swallows rapid  changes in direction, probably +2 will be better.

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SHood Veteran Member • Posts: 5,287
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glassoholic wrote:

Tony Rogers wrote:

Very nice! Not easy with the birds against that background.

I presume that you had your focus limiter set? I would also be interested in all the other settings that you used! Focus points? Centre priority? etc.

F5, 1/2500, auto ISO, CAF +1, E shutter 18fps L, 9x7 custom AF points, no centre priority or centre start, Sync IS On and FPS Priority, shutter release priority on and AF Limiter 4-120m. EE1 Dot Sight... most important of all.

I am still on the fence with the +1 CAF setting... I used to use +2 and think for swallows rapid changes in direction, probably +2 will be better.

I would have thought that the E shutter wasn't fast enough for swallows.

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glassoholic
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JulesGo wrote:

Nice work. Swallows are difficult. Were you using the 1.4X TC ?

No... I find for closer BIF, the 1.4 is too powerful for framing... even using the EE1 dot sight... but great for further away BIF.

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SHood wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

Tony Rogers wrote:

Very nice! Not easy with the birds against that background.

I presume that you had your focus limiter set? I would also be interested in all the other settings that you used! Focus points? Centre priority? etc.

F5, 1/2500, auto ISO, CAF +1, E shutter 18fps L, 9x7 custom AF points, no centre priority or centre start, Sync IS On and FPS Priority, shutter release priority on and AF Limiter 4-120m. EE1 Dot Sight... most important of all.

I am still on the fence with the +1 CAF setting... I used to use +2 and think for swallows rapid changes in direction, probably +2 will be better.

I would have thought that the E shutter wasn't fast enough for swallows.

E shutter is always the "same" speed as mechanical... but you can get distortion... leaning over trees in the background, or a warped tennis racquet mid return etc. I have shot tens of thousands of BIF and other action, and never regretted e-shutter.

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Toni Genes wrote:

Nice pics.

Which settings you used ?

AF Scanner ?

AF Area pointer ?

C-AF sensitivity ?

See my reply to Tony Rogers...

AF Scanner was on 2. I used to use 3... I might try that again as well.

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mikero Senior Member • Posts: 1,002
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glassoholic wrote:

SHood wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

Tony Rogers wrote:

Very nice! Not easy with the birds against that background.

I presume that you had your focus limiter set? I would also be interested in all the other settings that you used! Focus points? Centre priority? etc.

F5, 1/2500, auto ISO, CAF +1, E shutter 18fps L, 9x7 custom AF points, no centre priority or centre start, Sync IS On and FPS Priority, shutter release priority on and AF Limiter 4-120m. EE1 Dot Sight... most important of all.

I am still on the fence with the +1 CAF setting... I used to use +2 and think for swallows rapid changes in direction, probably +2 will be better.

I would have thought that the E shutter wasn't fast enough for swallows.

E shutter is always the "same" speed as mechanical... but you can get distortion... leaning over trees in the background, or a warped tennis racquet mid return etc. I have shot tens of thousands of BIF and other action, and never regretted e-shutter.

'Glass' is right. If you're following the Swallow, then it's not moving much in the frame. But the background, particularly buildings, can be distorted if you're panning quickly. But OOF background buildings are a 'delete' for me anyway.

So personally I've never (yet) had an issue with e-shutter.

Mike

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drj3 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,132
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Great shots, well done.  I keep trying to find a location where the swallows are not always above me with a sky background.

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