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    Default Bird Help

    Hi all ,been a few minutes since I have put any pictures up. Have had multiple heart procedures the last three months and it felt great to finally get out. Question to all the birding olympus users out there. I am still getting used to the em-1 and how it functions. I was using the 50-200 with the ec-14 and seemed to get less than steller results. I was shooting RAW 400 ISO , and f8 , and SP AT 1200 and faster up to 1400. Most of my shots were soft and only had a few that fairly tack sharp. I had image stabilization on, does this make a difference on fine detail when shooting. I know with past bodies IS would make for soft shots at times. Does this five axis camera do the same thing???? Or do I need to crank the shutter speed up more???? Any help would be appreciated. The wood pecker came out extremely sharp, the Cardinal almost as good, the last few pics I posted are somewhat soft (blurry). I took over 200 photos and only a handfull were somewhat decent. These were also roughly at 50 percent crop.
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    Default Re: Bird Help

    I would try taking a picture in a controlled environment. Shoot a still subject with lots of detail, in your house, put the camera+lens on a tripod, and use a 2sec shutter delay.

    If you can get a really tack sharp picture, then you'll know its either the autofocus missing, or its user error.

    Can you post uncropped pictures? Cropping pictures taken with the 50-200+EC14 isn't really recommended. You can try taking a picture in a controlled environment, see how far you can crop that and then you'll know how much you can theoretically crop.
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    Default Re: Bird Help

    Looks like it was windy out, maybe too much subject motion from wind, better off turning IS off

    PS 7.1 or even wide open is sharp enough for that combo, maybe open up and get even faster SS, when I use the EM-1 I usually am at IS0 400 on birds also.. I tried my 50-200 and ec14 on my E5 that I haven't used in a long time the other day, but quickly put it away and got my Nikon back out... focus speed just wasnt cutting it
    If only OLy had put a Focus limiter on that lens, and if I could only get OLY colors on the Nikon
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    Default Re: Bird Help

    Hi Bill;

    I shoot a lot of birds but it no secret around here that I am not a fan of the 50-200mm for birds, especially when using either TC. Your bird shots are about what you can expect from that combo. Unless you want to wait for the new 300mm f4, you will probably have to bite the bullet and search out a used 90-250mm or 300mm 2.8 (or a used 150mm + EC20) if you want both reach and improved IQ.

    The fact that every shot is somewhat underexposed and probably has not seen PP sharpening makes some further improvements possible. Run them through the autotone + gamma feature on OV3 and see how they respond to that.

    On the positive side, I notice you were able to fairly much nail focus through the twigs, so that is a plus. Maybe there is hope for the EM-1 + 4/3 lenses yet.

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    Default Re: Bird Help

    Thank you for the replies, I am going to do some serious tinkering with the camera this week. I have a couple that are decent, so I know this combo is somewhat capable
    Thank you again, and yes this cameras spot focus is dead on between branches.
    Bill

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