Swallows with EM1X and 300 Pro

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glassoholic
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Re: Swallows with EM1X and 300 Pro
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MarkDavo wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

Impressive. Did you get images like this before the E-M1X?

I have had a few good sessions over the years, but I got the 300 Pro soon after the X and the faster f4 aperture (thus lower ISO) than my PL 100-400 and slightly better resolution, makes these slightly my best ever. AF wise, the X is a touch better too IMHO. The first shot is one of very few over the years where ISO, focus and lens IQ all worked together.

Interesting. What body did you use with the PL 100-400, E-M1.2?

Yes... EM1.2. I did a couple of BIF shoots with the PL.100-400 and EM1X before getting the 300 Pro.

I forgot to mention that the other advantage of the 300 Pro is that at f5 (2/3 stop down) I can crop a bird from an extreme corner and IQ is not compromised. The PL 100-400, even at f7.1/ f8.0, was rather soft in the corners... The centre is very good though.

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Re: Swallows with EM1X and 300 Pro
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MarkDavo wrote:

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drj3 wrote:

Great shots, well done. I keep trying to find a location where the swallows are not always above me with a sky background.

If I look at my FB "memories" that pop up, I see that they change their feeding habits at different times of the year. Here, it is cold and wet now, and they move to swoop over grassy fields... in the middle of summer I never see them there.

Where are you that its both cold and wet? Must be WA?

The other Mediterranean climate... Adelaide.

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peter_jp wrote:

A stunningly good set if flight shots! You may have little time to go out a shoot, but you certainly make the most of it.

Thanks! It helps that my local (15mins away) shooting spot always gets me something... swallows though are not always there.

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MarkDavo
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Re: Swallows with EM1X and 300 Pro

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

Impressive. Did you get images like this before the E-M1X?

I have had a few good sessions over the years, but I got the 300 Pro soon after the X and the faster f4 aperture (thus lower ISO) than my PL 100-400 and slightly better resolution, makes these slightly my best ever. AF wise, the X is a touch better too IMHO. The first shot is one of very few over the years where ISO, focus and lens IQ all worked together.

Interesting. What body did you use with the PL 100-400, E-M1.2?

Yes... EM1.2. I did a couple of BIF shoots with the PL.100-400 and EM1X before getting the 300 Pro.

I forgot to mention that the other advantage of the 300 Pro is that at f5 (2/3 stop down) I can crop a bird from an extreme corner and IQ is not compromised. The PL 100-400, even at f7.1/ f8.0, was rather soft in the corners... The centre is very good though.

Although it is grey here (but not raining for a change) I'm off to the nearby lakes where swallows are plentiful to try out Firmware 3, and my own very limited skills.  Will use the EE-1 sight and focus limiter.

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glassoholic
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Re: Swallows with EM1X and 300 Pro

MarkDavo wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

Impressive. Did you get images like this before the E-M1X?

I have had a few good sessions over the years, but I got the 300 Pro soon after the X and the faster f4 aperture (thus lower ISO) than my PL 100-400 and slightly better resolution, makes these slightly my best ever. AF wise, the X is a touch better too IMHO. The first shot is one of very few over the years where ISO, focus and lens IQ all worked together.

Interesting. What body did you use with the PL 100-400, E-M1.2?

Yes... EM1.2. I did a couple of BIF shoots with the PL.100-400 and EM1X before getting the 300 Pro.

I forgot to mention that the other advantage of the 300 Pro is that at f5 (2/3 stop down) I can crop a bird from an extreme corner and IQ is not compromised. The PL 100-400, even at f7.1/ f8.0, was rather soft in the corners... The centre is very good though.

Although it is grey here (but not raining for a change) I'm off to the nearby lakes where swallows are plentiful to try out Firmware 3, and my own very limited skills. Will use the EE-1 sight and focus limiter.

Good luck. If they are against a brightish grey sky, make sure to dial in about 1.5 stops plus exposure compensation.

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MarkDavo
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Re: Swallows with EM1X and 300 Pro

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

Impressive. Did you get images like this before the E-M1X?

I have had a few good sessions over the years, but I got the 300 Pro soon after the X and the faster f4 aperture (thus lower ISO) than my PL 100-400 and slightly better resolution, makes these slightly my best ever. AF wise, the X is a touch better too IMHO. The first shot is one of very few over the years where ISO, focus and lens IQ all worked together.

Interesting. What body did you use with the PL 100-400, E-M1.2?

Yes... EM1.2. I did a couple of BIF shoots with the PL.100-400 and EM1X before getting the 300 Pro.

I forgot to mention that the other advantage of the 300 Pro is that at f5 (2/3 stop down) I can crop a bird from an extreme corner and IQ is not compromised. The PL 100-400, even at f7.1/ f8.0, was rather soft in the corners... The centre is very good though.

Although it is grey here (but not raining for a change) I'm off to the nearby lakes where swallows are plentiful to try out Firmware 3, and my own very limited skills. Will use the EE-1 sight and focus limiter.

Good luck. If they are against a brightish grey sky, make sure to dial in about 1.5 stops plus exposure compensation.

Speaking of exposure what Metering setting do you use for BIF?  ESP, Centre-weighted or Spot?

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Cheers, Mark
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Olympus E-M1 Olympus E-M1 II Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm F4 IS Pro +4 more
glassoholic
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Re: Swallows with EM1X and 300 Pro

MarkDavo wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

glassoholic wrote:

MarkDavo wrote:

Impressive. Did you get images like this before the E-M1X?

I have had a few good sessions over the years, but I got the 300 Pro soon after the X and the faster f4 aperture (thus lower ISO) than my PL 100-400 and slightly better resolution, makes these slightly my best ever. AF wise, the X is a touch better too IMHO. The first shot is one of very few over the years where ISO, focus and lens IQ all worked together.

Interesting. What body did you use with the PL 100-400, E-M1.2?

Yes... EM1.2. I did a couple of BIF shoots with the PL.100-400 and EM1X before getting the 300 Pro.

I forgot to mention that the other advantage of the 300 Pro is that at f5 (2/3 stop down) I can crop a bird from an extreme corner and IQ is not compromised. The PL 100-400, even at f7.1/ f8.0, was rather soft in the corners... The centre is very good though.

Although it is grey here (but not raining for a change) I'm off to the nearby lakes where swallows are plentiful to try out Firmware 3, and my own very limited skills. Will use the EE-1 sight and focus limiter.

Good luck. If they are against a brightish grey sky, make sure to dial in about 1.5 stops plus exposure compensation.

Speaking of exposure what Metering setting do you use for BIF? ESP, Centre-weighted or Spot?

ESP... if the swallows are in a patch of light different to the background, especially in long shadow or golden hour, either exp compensation or manual.

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M43 equivalence: "Twice the fun with half the weight"
"You are a long time dead" -
Credit to whoever said that first and my wife for saying it to me. Make the best you can of every day!

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