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    Default ZD 50-200mm SWD on E-M1

    For some reason I seem to be having trouble getting really sharp images using the ZD 50-200mm at full reach on the E-M1. This is particularly so hand held with IS-1. I don't recall it being such an issue when paired with an E-3. Perhaps I've been spoilt with the sharpness of the other m4/3 lenses. This is pushing me towards the M.ZD 300mm but if it's my technique that's at fault then that may be a waste of money. Is anybody having similar issues?
    E-M1, 12-40mm PRO, 60mm macro, MMF-3
    E-450, 50-200mm SWD, 25mm f2.8, EC-14
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    Default Re: ZD 50-200mm SWD on E-M1

    I have just tried to compare the EM1 with the E5 and the 50-200 and I did not find any noticeable differences hand held with is set at 1, at 100% magnification.
    I then put both cameras on a tripod, turned is off and put the self timer on to 2 secs.
    Again no real differences between the two but the EM1 was slightly better than the E5, again at 100% magnification.
    What was apparent was that there was a marked improvement in sharpness using the tripod, on both cameras, which surprised me.
    For reference the camera settings were:
    ISO 200
    182mm
    f3.5
    1/640 sec

    I processed in Olympus Viewer 3 where I adjusted the wb to 6000k; sharpened to +2 and corrected for lens distortion.
    In PS I adjusted the levels to eliminate any clipping and applied a high pass filter with soft light.
    If I knew how to do it I could post the images if you like.

    Guy

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    Default Re: ZD 50-200mm SWD on E-M1

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Roberts View Post
    I have just tried to compare the EM1 with the E5 and the 50-200 and I did not find any noticeable differences hand held with is set at 1, at 100% magnification.
    I then put both cameras on a tripod, turned is off and put the self timer on to 2 secs.
    Again no real differences between the two but the EM1 was slightly better than the E5, again at 100% magnification.
    What was apparent was that there was a marked improvement in sharpness using the tripod, on both cameras, which surprised me.
    For reference the camera settings were:
    ISO 200
    182mm
    f3.5
    1/640 sec

    I processed in Olympus Viewer 3 where I adjusted the wb to 6000k; sharpened to +2 and corrected for lens distortion.
    In PS I adjusted the levels to eliminate any clipping and applied a high pass filter with soft light.
    If I knew how to do it I could post the images if you like.

    Guy
    Thanks Guy! I guess it's just me with a case of GAS. Yes, I too have found tripod images at 200mm much better but only acceptable rather than brilliant whereas hand held they are often soft even at high shutter speeds. So I guess the takeaway is that the better IS on the E-M1 does little for hand holding the 50-200mm.
    E-M1, 12-40mm PRO, 60mm macro, MMF-3
    E-450, 50-200mm SWD, 25mm f2.8, EC-14
    FL-50R

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    Default Re: ZD 50-200mm SWD on E-M1

    Quote Originally Posted by BobT View Post
    Thanks Guy! I guess it's just me with a case of GAS. Yes, I too have found tripod images at 200mm much better but only acceptable rather than brilliant whereas hand held they are often soft even at high shutter speeds. So I guess the takeaway is that the better IS on the E-M1 does little for hand holding the 50-200mm.
    I am with you here Bob. I have tested the m12-40 against the 4/3 14-35 and at 100% crop I could not tell the difference. But the 14-35 is massive! I would love to replace my 4/3 glass with m4/3 pro glass.

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