Olympus 150-400mm/4.5 TC Costa Rica field trip

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Petr Bambousek
Petr Bambousek Regular Member • Posts: 413
Olympus 150-400mm/4.5 TC Costa Rica field trip
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Hello,

finally, I finished my extensive article about field experiences with new lens Olympus 150-400mm/4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO. Translation to English is in progress and will take some time. In the meantime you can use Google translator (direct link in the article) and/or enjoy more than 30 photographs I will announce once translated to proper English

https://www.sulasula.com/en/olympus-150-400mm-4-5-tc-in-costa-rica/

All the best and see you next year ...

Collared Aracari, Costa Rica, Olympus 150-400mm/4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO

Laughing Falcon, Costa Rica, Olympus 150-400mm/4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO

Black-capped Flycatcher, Costa Rica, Olympus 150-400mm/4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO

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mikero
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Great shots as always.  How are you finding the Bird Tracking function?  It seems to work well for me with perched birds, but less well for birds in flight.

Mike

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Jim Vincent Senior Member • Posts: 1,647
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Beautiful shots Petr.

Not likely I'll ever buy that lens - but - I sure love what you can do with it!

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Clayton J Forum Member • Posts: 72
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Wow. Very nice.

i really enjoyed the video showing the bird tracking. It is impressive. I find unfortunately with my em1.2 that just because the square is locked green on something doesn’t ensure focus, sometimes it is way off. Hope that isn’t the case here.

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Fsi Contributing Member • Posts: 719
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Great read Petr, lots of useful information and your take on the situations were very interesting. Your Basilisk experience, I can relate to with my own attempts at wrens and finches. The Ant Atta image is sensational.

Thank you, for your take on bird af. I've done something similar with my C modes, except I've set my home to C-AF Tr as well. I find that Bird AF can either be surprisingly good or surprisingly bad. Having the option to swap between Tracking and other AF modes makes it easier to figure out if it will work in a given situation.

Thank you for the article.

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MarkDavo
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Thanks Petr, I look forward to reading this over and over again.

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Cheers, Mark
Wouldn't be dead for quids

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wow!!!...
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a huge thanks for your time on this latest article Petr!!!

i've been visiting your web site for a good long time and have never been disappointed in the amount of time spent there.

i think this latest article has the most amount of "content" to chew on yet.

i'll be going through, and revisiting, this article for quit some time.

again, thanks for all the work you put in for us.

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as always,
thank you fellow DPR members for your kind words and encouragement.

Bobby J Veteran Member • Posts: 5,133
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Petr, it just keeps getting better and better.  Fantastic!

Thanks for sharing with us.

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BJM

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Petr Bambousek
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mikero wrote:

Great shots as always. How are you finding the Bird Tracking function? It seems to work well for me with perched birds, but less well for birds in flight.

Mike

I think it is nice feature just need to be set properly with cooperation of other features (IS, af limiter, etc.). I had not much opportunities to try BIF.  So not much to recommend. πŸ˜‰ All in all I found it as useful update, not best on the market, but best in Olympus cameras πŸ‘

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Petr Bambousek
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Fsi wrote:

Great read Petr, lots of useful information and your take on the situations were very interesting. Your Basilisk experience, I can relate to with my own attempts at wrens and finches. The Ant Atta image is sensational.

Thank you, for your take on bird af. I've done something similar with my C modes, except I've set my home to C-AF Tr as well. I find that Bird AF can either be surprisingly good or surprisingly bad. Having the option to swap between Tracking and other AF modes makes it easier to figure out if it will work in a given situation.

Thank you for the article.

Thank you, I also have Home AF to C-AF, if there will be also IS setting in Home AF menu, it can safe on "C" for other purposes. πŸ˜‰

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Petr Bambousek
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Paul Auclair wrote:

a huge thanks for your time on this latest article Petr!!!

i've been visiting your web site for a good long time and have never been disappointed in the amount of time spent there.

i think this latest article has the most amount of "content" to chew on yet.

i'll be going through, and revisiting, this article for quit some time.

again, thanks for all the work you put in for us.

Thank you, Paul, you are right, it tooks me tens of hours to create the article as comprehensive as possible πŸ™πŸ˜‰

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Petr Bambousek
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Re: Olympus 150-400mm/4.5 TC Costa Rica field trip

Bobby J wrote:

Petr, it just keeps getting better and better. Fantastic!

Thanks for sharing with us.

Thank you πŸ˜‰πŸ™

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peter_jp Contributing Member • Posts: 884
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Thank you for all your efforts! I'll wait with an extensive till the final English version is online, but again amazing photography! Not a lens I'll buy, as it is way beyond my budget, but very interesting to see your results and thoughts anyway.

mikero
mikero Senior Member • Posts: 2,242
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Petr, forgive me if you've already said this somewhere, but the big question is, are you placing an order for one?

Mike

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Tai_Ji_51 Forum Member • Posts: 60
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Hi Petr, thanks for sharing your impressive shots and interesting comments on your experience with this dream lens and the new Bird AI firmware. I have discovered Sulasula Site in spring 2018 and your comments and impressions were the spark for my going for E-M1mkll and have been following your posts since then. The way you tell stories makes me always think I was next to your you, the only difference being that my memory cards don't ever register anything - too bad, but next time, maybe ...

By the way, also lots of thanks for having released your Photoshop CC Video Course for my birthday ...

Just starting gazing around your 5 hours videos and, waouw ...  I anticipate winter nights will be (much) shorter than they are said to be .. Video quality is outstanding and helps following your editing processes, step by step, but would you consider a future release of some english help for people whose understanding of the Zcech language is less than ideal

Look forward to read / see about your experiences

Always a delight to see your posts, take care and enjoy your new toys

Tai_Ji_51

Petr Bambousek
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mikero wrote:

Petr, forgive me if you've already said this somewhere, but the big question is, are you placing an order for one?

Mike

I did not, the lens is out of my budget now. "Now" is important as I had a chance to buy it. I exchanged my chance to buy for the trip to Costa Rica (fully paid by myself). If I ever will have those two choices, I will always take the trip instead of lens. But one day, hopefully, I will place my order πŸ™πŸ‘

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Messier Object Forum Pro • Posts: 10,853
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Beautiful birds Petr !

Looking forward to the translated report

the out-of-focus background  in the 2nd image is suggestive of the new lens rendering  similarly to the 40-150mm Pro.  I hope that’s not the case

Peter

OM mani padme hum Regular Member • Posts: 328
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Stunning work - thanks for the link.

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Love the bird photos and the compressed perspective...
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as someone who relatively often shoots compressed perspective for street photography,  I like seeing it here.  Makes it look like paintings.

Those Tukans and colors on the beak/feathers. wow.

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J4Hug Senior Member • Posts: 1,403
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Your work is inspirational!

Thanks for your article, I'll read again when in English but it is very helpful as presented.

Costa Rica is certainly attractive but I suspect fieldcraft  and hardwork (on the hills) are necessary regardless of the lens.

Best wishes for Christmas and whatever holiday you get.

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