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    Default Stabalized Birds

    I took the E-510 into the darker area of the woods this morning to give the IS a little workout. I nearly always shoot wildlife with a bean bag for support (propped against a tree or on a rock) and the following were shot this way. Exif info is embedded in all images.

    First is a Cattle Egret...
    E-510, 50-200 + EC-14 (283mm), f/4.9, 1/40th sec, ISO 100

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    Little Blue Heron...
    E-510, 50-200 + EC-14 (283mm), f/7.1, 1/10th sec, ISO 100
    I'm pushing my limits on this one and the image is suffering a bit

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    And another Little Blue Heron...
    E-510, 150mm + EC-14 (212mm), f/4.0, 1/30th sec, ISO 100

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    Overall I am able to gain 2 or 3 stops with IS and am quite pleased. Now if Oly could just come up with a critter stabalizer we'd be all set!

    Thanks for looking!

    Fred

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    Default Re: Stabalized Birds

    Nice work. Looks like the IS is doing its job well. Even he 1/10th exposure looks acceptable on screen.

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    These are all quite clear and a testament to Oly's technology, have you been lurking in the forest dressed as a bush again Fred ? Nicely done....

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    Default Re: Stabalized Birds

    Thanks Fred!

    These are excellent images and a very good demonstration why wildlife photographers simply need IS these days in order to keep up.

    You have a nice wood there - and the herons are not skittish?

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    Default Re: Stabalized Birds

    Marvellous shots and ones that would take aback a few other brand owners at that other place. I have to say, I'm holding off on the E510 waiting for the E1 replacement, but my patience is wearing thin.

    Cheers

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    Thanks Fred,

    They are really nice bird photos and at shutter speeds and focal lengths I would not have previously thought possible.
    Great work and a great illustration of the effectiveness of the E510's IS.

    I agree with all the previous comments exactly.

    Being winterish still here and too dark to shoot after 4pm where I live - the 510 could just about rescue me !

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    Default Re: Stabalized Birds

    Fred, I have rarely seen crisper or cleaner bird images. They leave bird shots from my E-1 and 150mm for dead! Except for bokeh, at which the 50-200 does not excel.
    I'm waiting to see reports on the E-3, but I'm getting the shakes thinking about the bang-for-buck of the 510!
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    Must... Resist...
    If I hear nothing about the E-X this week, I'm getting E-510 on Monday pronto! I guess I can use the 510 for maybe 6 months and then upgrade to the E-X as a christmas present for myself.

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    Wonderful results, Fred. I agree with the previous comments and you just gave me three more reasons to get that E-510.
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    Nice shots Fred. The one at 1/10th doesn't looj quite as crisp as the others but still not too bad considering it's something like 6 or 7 stops down from the old rule-of-thumb minimum shutter speed.
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    Default Re: Stabalized Birds

    Very nice photos, nice exhibition of in-body IS efficiency!



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    About this little camera i see awesome shot all over the net

    Now the question is E510 or wait and wait and wait E3 (11 or 13 focus point , live preview etcc. )

    "someone" here told to me that oly toke a look at the new D200 and rebuilt E3 from zero ...... we are waiting patiently for it meanwhile S5 pro sensor and other new camera seems to push down our lovely Oly-pro .

    Will it born aged ? ... hope not !

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    Very nice and crisp shots! The IS seems to work really well and add that to your excellent eye, you have come up with some great photos. I too am trying to hold out for the E-3 but the 510 is really impressing me.
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    Wow! I don't think anyone could argue that these are exceptional photos, especially at those shutter speeds! Good DOF, too. Thanks for sharing, although you've managed to instill me with G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome)...

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    Default Re: Stabalized Birds

    Thanks to all for your kind comments!

    Gaining 2 or 3 stops in low light conditions has its obvious advantages (assuming your subject will hold still ) but the benefits of stabilization are really quite remarkable when shooting at more 'normal' shutter speeds also. The detail, clarity and sharpness you get with telephoto in the 1/200 to 1/500 shutter speed range is greatly impoved by eliminating or reducing the typical (in my case anyway) 2 or 3 pixel camera shake blur.

    Like many of you, I too eagerly await the launch of the E-3! The 510 bodes well for the pro body and I can't help but believe Oly has few pleasant suprises for us.

    Thanks again for your comments,

    Fred

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    Interesting, neat images Fred. The shot of the cattle-egret really is great.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Fred , Beautiful photos !
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    The first one is a magnificent photo!
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    AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

    Well, my credit card company loves you even if my wife won't when she gets home. In stock at Photomark in Phoenix as a body only. Well, there was one in stock.

    Call it a crutch if you will, but I miss the OS on my 2100UZ terribly.

    Those are some incredible shots at some extreme shutter speeds.

    Time to go see about C-AF and buffer limit in raw on the dog. If I get up really early I may get some birdies, it is approaching 100 degrees at 7am here lately.

    AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

    Honest honey, this is the same camera.

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    I gave in to the E-510 siren... Got the last 2 lens kit in the country!

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    Fred,
    Wow!! The cattle egret is absolutely stunning and the little blues are very good too.
    Comments and critiques welcome.
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    Those are amazing images, Fred, and not just because they illustrate the abilities of the 510. They have real aesthetic value, too. Thanks for posting them.

    I think I should go ask my husband to hold onto my credit card until November . . . .


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    WOW
    wonderful shots especially the first one.


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    I'm impressed. Especially with the Cattle Egret shot. Nice work.
    If I don't stop seeing this type of results from the 510 (nothing to do with your skill (joke)) I might just have to get one of them for mysel until the E-? comes out. I can wait until November, but my gut tells me that we might not see it until first quarter 2008.
    Very nice pictures Fred.
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    Mine... Trying to catch those with the 50-200 can be frustrating at times.

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