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    Default Trials with an OM 500 f.8

    So yesterday was a beautiful day in the Flathead Valley of Montana. I was driving on highway 35 a little east of Kalispell and passed by the McWennegar Slough of the Flathead River. According to the Audubon Society, it's "home to 20 species of mammals and 170 species of birds, including Trumpeter Swans, Soras, Virginia Rails, Great Horned Owls, as well as river otters and beavers." So I spotted this crane-type bird (sorry, I know nothing about birds) foraging within about 200 yards of the parking area. I pulled in, set up my tripod, and attached my mirror lens (OM 500mm f.8) to my E5. Windy conditions, too, so getting a good focus (all manual) at this distance proved to be a real challenge. I can't say I did well, but at least got somewhat usable results. All adjustments made to the raw files in LR 6. I have the TC2 & 50-200, so I could have used that combo, but I know from past experience that it couldn't provide the reach needed to do this shot. This is one of the situations where I wish I owned the Sigmonster 300mm-800mm lens.

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    Default Re: Trials with an OM 500 f.8

    Hi Henry.
    I also have had one of these for some time now.
    It gets pulled out once a year because I like the compact size and beautiful silky smooth focus action, but really, that is where the love affairs stutters. Relatively poor contrast and the need for very high shutter speeds does not make for many keepers. It is better than a Tamron 500/f8 I had years ago, and I have had a few good images from it, few and far between though.
    But really it should be dispatched. E-M1 images are reasonably croppable, and I reckon a better way to go.
    Cheers,
    Don

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    Default Re: Trials with an OM 500 f.8

    You will get better pictures from a 75-300 (I or II) cropped than with an f8 mirror; better contrast, sharper, and without that hopeless bokeh!

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    Default Re: Trials with an OM 500 f.8

    For reference purposes, your bird is a Great Blue Heron. I also have one of those lenses and have the same relationship with it that Don has. I also have the 70-300 and second Daniel's comments.
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    Default Re: Trials with an OM 500 f.8

    But also keep in mind that at that distance on a warm day, you don't have much of a chance with ANYTHING! Bad air makes even $10,000 white monsters look soggy.

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    Default Re: Trials with an OM 500 f.8

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Bradley View Post
    But also keep in mind that at that distance on a warm day, you don't have much of a chance with ANYTHING! Bad air makes even $10,000 white monsters look soggy.
    Same for the rumoured 500 f4 Daniel
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    Default Re: Trials with an OM 500 f.8

    Oh no! Not that one too!!! Can't be!

    Well.... maybe just a little.... but lets wait till it comes out and see. By then I won't need it any more anyway. Not holding my breath on that one.

    There has been a lot of discussion about the 500/4 on the German Oly forum, which is quite active. Many more people taking part in the discussions, including THE German Olympus expert (writes all the Olympus books in German). Maybe not as friendly as it is here, but technically more informative.

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