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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    I am officially eating my hat tonight...

    Someone on DPR posted a link for a review and raw files from the 300 f4 , evidently this guy is a Oly Visionary from Poland and knows what he is doing ;-).
    I downloaded and processed those files and they are simply outstanding.
    http://dobas.art.pl/blog/mzd-300-pro-review/


    http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/i...visionary.html


    Whoever took and processed the lousy pics on the Imaging Resource review should find another job !

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Hi Don,
    Yes, been busy trying to transition out of the business and get back to whale work. Thanks for your recent reports on the v4 update and c-af tests. Cindy and I just returned from Oahu, where we were house/dog/cat sitting for three weeks. Home for a month, then off to Maui for whale watching, the Whale Tales conference, and our commitment ceremony Feb 28. Back to Oregon on Mar 1, then off in 5 days to the tip of Argentina to catch a Russian ship for a whale survey along the West side of the Antarctic Peninsula for 3 weeks. That's why I pre-ordered the 100-400, in hopes of having it in time. Failing that, we'll take the Panny 100-300, Oly 75-300 Mk II, and Bigma. The 100-400 should replace the 50-500. I'll try to get V4 uploaded to all three E-M1 bodies, so we each have one, plus a spare. Cindy is becoming quite a whale shooter. Who ever heard of a honeymoon in Antarctica?
    Ken610

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Also on the Antarctica trip: m43 9-18, both Panny 14-140s, and 12-40, as well as two GoPros, Tough, 8-35 and 10x50 binocs, and maybe a surprise 3D rig....
    Ken610

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    Quote Originally Posted by dh202 View Post
    I am officially eating my hat tonight...

    Someone on DPR posted a link for a review and raw files from the 300 f4 , evidently this guy is a Oly Visionary from Poland and knows what he is doing ;-).
    I downloaded and processed those files and they are simply outstanding.
    http://dobas.art.pl/blog/mzd-300-pro-review/


    http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/i...visionary.html


    Whoever took and processed the lousy pics on the Imaging Resource review should find another job !
    David, the DPR initial images they shoot on a new camera release are always piss-poor! Happens every time causing great angst. Makes you wonder.
    It will be interesting to see how the Oly and Panny lenses compare with the cost difference in mind. A little while ago I was out at the gannets using the 400mm Canon on my E-M1. Leaving aside being stuck with MF, I found at 800mm equivalent the birds were extremely difficult to capture in the viewfinder, even though their flight patterns are predictable. 800mm for a perched bird is fine, but a fast bird not too far away another matter entirely. The zoom may well be more usable for my subjects.
    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken610 View Post
    Hi Don,
    Yes, been busy trying to transition out of the business and get back to whale work. Thanks for your recent reports on the v4 update and c-af tests. Cindy and I just returned from Oahu, where we were house/dog/cat sitting for three weeks. Home for a month, then off to Maui for whale watching, the Whale Tales conference, and our commitment ceremony Feb 28. Back to Oregon on Mar 1, then off in 5 days to the tip of Argentina to catch a Russian ship for a whale survey along the West side of the Antarctic Peninsula for 3 weeks. That's why I pre-ordered the 100-400, in hopes of having it in time. Failing that, we'll take the Panny 100-300, Oly 75-300 Mk II, and Bigma. The 100-400 should replace the 50-500. I'll try to get V4 uploaded to all three E-M1 bodies, so we each have one, plus a spare. Cindy is becoming quite a whale shooter. Who ever heard of a honeymoon in Antarctica?
    They will be fantastic trip(s) Ken. Good for Cindy to get into it, and congratulations
    Don

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baldwinson View Post
    David, the DPR initial images they shoot on a new camera release are always piss-poor! Happens every time causing great angst. Makes you wonder.
    It was Imaging Resource, (the very first review posted that had the horrid pics)! I know DPR is also bad.

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/news...-now-a-reality

    I found at 800mm equivalent the birds were extremely difficult to capture in the viewfinder, even though their flight patterns are predictable. 800mm for a perched bird is fine, but a fast bird not too far away another matter entirely. The zoom may well be more usable for my subjects.

    Though I haven't heard much about them lately, many were praising the dot sights that they said helped greatly acquiring the targets much better than the EVFs or even OVFs .

    Don

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Quote Originally Posted by ken610 View Post
    Hi Don,
    Yes, been busy trying to transition out of the business and get back to whale work. Thanks for your recent reports on the v4 update and c-af tests. Cindy and I just returned from Oahu, where we were house/dog/cat sitting for three weeks. Home for a month, then off to Maui for whale watching, the Whale Tales conference, and our commitment ceremony Feb 28. Back to Oregon on Mar 1, then off in 5 days to the tip of Argentina to catch a Russian ship for a whale survey along the West side of the Antarctic Peninsula for 3 weeks. That's why I pre-ordered the 100-400, in hopes of having it in time. Failing that, we'll take the Panny 100-300, Oly 75-300 Mk II, and Bigma. The 100-400 should replace the 50-500. I'll try to get V4 uploaded to all three E-M1 bodies, so we each have one, plus a spare. Cindy is becoming quite a whale shooter. Who ever heard of a honeymoon in Antarctica?
    That is one heck of an itinerary Ken!

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Good thought David. I have the dot sight but never thought to take it, thanks for reminding me! I don't entirely like the P&S way the camera has to be held with a large lens, but the view is very good, better than an optical dslr.
    Don

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Robin Wongs review is up... amazing pics!

    http://robinwong.blogspot.my/2016/01...ns-review.html

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    Wow ...and Wow, again! That camera and lens combination are amazing. Of course, you have to know what you are doing, and the reviewer clearly does. Thanks, David for the link.
    ~Ken

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Robin does know what he is doing, and yes they are very good. He is shooting with very good lighting conditions and relatively close distances (zoo and aviary), which also helps a great deal to show off the best qualities of the lens!

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Quote Originally Posted by dh202 View Post
    Robin does know what he is doing, and yes they are very good. He is shooting with very good lighting conditions and relatively close distances (zoo and aviary), which also helps a great deal to show off the best qualities of the lens!

    Yep Robin is Good!

    He's also :

    Important Notes:
    1. I am an Olympus Malaysia employee.

    Surely is not shooting with Hand Picked (By Olympus) Gear.

    ~Cheers~

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    Quote Originally Posted by 65165 View Post
    Yep Robin is Good!

    He's also :

    Important Notes:
    1. I am an Olympus Malaysia employee.

    Surely is not shooting with Hand Picked (By Olympus) Gear.

    ~Cheers~
    Well, to be fair, do you think any of the other early reviewers weren't ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 65165 View Post
    Yep Robin is Good!

    He's also :

    Important Notes:
    1. I am an Olympus Malaysia employee.

    Surely is not shooting with Hand Picked (By Olympus) Gear.

    ~Cheers~
    Yes he is an Olympus employee and acknowledges that. But he was reviewing Olympus gear before getting hired, and he has a good eye and good post processing skills.

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Hi Don,
    Yes, I'm getting back into it. I have pre-ordered both the 300/4 and the 100-400, and hope to have them in time for the Antarctica trip. I really think the 100-400 is going to be the go-to lens for whale work. I also bought a third E-M1 body, so that Cindy and I will each be shooting, and still have a spare.

    Now to try the v4 fw upgrade....
    Ken610

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken610 View Post
    Hi Don,
    Yes, I'm getting back into it. I have pre-ordered both the 300/4 and the 100-400, and hope to have them in time for the Antarctica trip. I really think the 100-400 is going to be the go-to lens for whale work. I also bought a third E-M1 body, so that Cindy and I will each be shooting, and still have a spare.

    Now to try the v4 fw upgrade....

    My Daughter is in Maui and has been talking about the Whale sightings they have been seeing lately.

    ~Cheers~

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Robin Wongs comments are always interesting. If proof is needed that he was handholding the 300mm at 1/10th you can see him reflected in the eyes of some of the subjects and he is not stood behind a tripod. Absolutely stunning detail.

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Hi 65165,

    We are going to Maui next week, and will be there until March 1, just a few days before leaving for the Antarctica trip. While on Maui, we will be going to the Whale Tales conference, as well as going on several whale watch trips. Reports are that there are lots of Humpbacks there now, although many seem to be arriving later than usual. Looking forward to both trips, but not so much the transition from warm to very cold
    Ken610

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    More stuff from Daniel Cox on the 100-400mm

    http://naturalexposures.com/lumix-di...400mm-samples/

    ~Cheers~

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Hello I got my Zuiko 300 f/4.0 IS last Tuesday and it is not sharp, must have got a bad copy. I called the camera store and they have another one coming and will swap it out for mine. I've been out 3 times with it the first time on a Gitzo 3 with a Wimberley gimbal and didn't get any thing good. The second time I shot hand held and was about 15'' from a Nuthatch and still nothing really sharp. Tried the 3rd time hand held at a local park and still no keepers. My brother has the same camera an E-M1 and told me to try doing a re-set as it might be a setting I have as it is still a pretty new camera system to me. Did that and set up on my tripod with a ballhead and shot at static objects in my yard and was still getting soft images. Plus I'm getting some pretty weird moire patterns in the feathers. Now I also have the 40-150 f/2.8 and it is really sharp and have gotten some really nice images with that lens. and also the 12-40 so don't think it's the E-M1.
    Hope the new lens solves this as the 300mm was one of the main reasons for me switching to Micro 4/3 form Nikon.

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Sorry here are 3 images, the Robin has the moire on his back.
    The Grebe was only about 10 yards, the Mallard 3
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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    And Olympus said earlier that every 300mm lens would be tested before leaving the factory.
    But all else being equal, those images are not up to it.
    Don

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    Hopefully it will all get sorted out. I know it is an expensive lens but the though of maybe leaving my tripod at home was what sold me. plus I have the 1.4 TC that is made for that lens.

    Regards Neil

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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Quote Originally Posted by dh202 View Post
    I am officially eating my hat tonight...

    Someone on DPR posted a link for a review and raw files from the 300 f4 , evidently this guy is a Oly Visionary from Poland and knows what he is doing ;-).
    I downloaded and processed those files and they are simply outstanding.
    http://dobas.art.pl/blog/mzd-300-pro-review/


    http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/i...visionary.html


    Whoever took and processed the lousy pics on the Imaging Resource review should find another job !
    My question is way off topic but relates to the first post on this thread. Far be it for me to question the technique of an Olympus Visionary but I notice that on his nature pics, Dobas has skipped from ISO 400 to 320 to 200. I was wondering what would cause this photographer of note to make such relatively subtle changes in ISO? Surely he wasn't using Auto ISO?
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    Default Re: Olympus announces the 300mm f/4 and Panasonic - the 100-400mm f/4-6.3

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Bradley View Post
    I see the E-M1 and the new lenses more as equipment for the rather affluent and serious enthusiasts who ARE concerned with size and weight, and want the best there is, and there the mFT system is a wonderful compromise between performance and portability.
    I agree, Dan. I think a good example here is myself - I also have the Canon 400 5.6L, but have big-time GAS over the new Canon 100-400 MarkII (and perhaps an 80D??). But one thing stopping me in my tracks (besides the price) is that the 100-400 is heavier than my 400, which I already find kind of a load with my 60D.

    But how about this new m4/3 mount 100-400?!? Sounds very interesting, for sure (and perhaps a higher-grade camera than my E-M10, say an E-M1 MarkII?. Yes! More GAS!) It really would be tempting, and screw Canon!

    Meanwhile, very sorry to hear about the soft results from your 300, Neil_jo. That would discourage the hell out of me after all that money! Hopefully the other version will be sharp.
    Rich
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