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Old May 15, 2010, 1:12 PM   #11
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Thanks to zig-123 and Greg my shots are improving
Here is a picture of a swallow I took this morning
This guy was approx 8m from me.
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Still working with my E-520 and 70-300 Lense
( A little under exposed ??? )
Shutter 640, ISO 800, F 8.0 , 300mm, Hand Held
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Old May 29, 2010, 4:35 AM   #12
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Some suggestions;

The 70-300mm seems to be sharper at a aperture range of f8 to f11. I would start at f8.

Now, at a shutter speed of 1/600sec and aperture set to f8, you might find that the camera will tell you that the picture will be underexposed, adjust your ISO higher. With the 70-300mm, I regularly use an ISO of 400,800 and go as high as ISO 1600.

I set my focus to S-AF, single point, center. This way you know exactly what the camera is focusing on and it wont inadvertently focus on a branch or some other object.

By the way, I typically use manual priority with my aperture set to f8 and shutter to 1/500. I try and focus on a few subjects to see my exposure level and then adjust the ISO up 'til I set the exposure level I want.
Hi zig

Just wanted to thank you for your recommendations here, this is great information! I recently jumped into the world of 4/3rds with my purchase of an Olympus E620 twin lens kit, and the ZD 70-300mm lens, and your tips have proved invaluable as I learn the ropes of this new camera and lens combo. I'm also an avid bird photographer, so these tips are great.

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Old May 29, 2010, 8:56 AM   #13
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Hi and congrats on getting your new E-620 dslr. I hope it gives you as much enjoyment as my E-30 gives me.

And, thank you very much for the kind words. Much appreciated.

I hope you take advantage of all the really talented guys and gals on Steve's Digicams forums here on the Oly Forum as well as all the others at your disposal. There is a rich diversity of interests and talents to learn from, share ideas and get involved in good discussions.

And, by all means, post some pics from down under.

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Hi Fred,

Some suggestions;

The 70-300mm seems to be sharper at a aperture range of f8 to f11. I would start at f8.

Now, at a shutter speed of 1/600sec and aperture set to f8, you might find that the camera will tell you that the picture will be underexposed, adjust your ISO higher. With the 70-300mm, I regularly use an ISO of 400,800 and go as high as ISO 1600.

I set my focus to S-AF, single point, center. This way you know exactly what the camera is focusing on and it wont inadvertently focus on a branch or some other object.

By the way, I typically use manual priority with my aperture set to f8 and shutter to 1/500. I try and focus on a few subjects to see my exposure level and then adjust the ISO up 'til I set the exposure level I want.


Hope this helps.
Hi zig-123
I shot this Goose trying appreture priority 8.0 iso 800 shutter 250
Cloudy skies.
A little blur because of the hand held 250 shutter and 300 mm
Much improved again.
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Old May 29, 2010, 10:32 AM   #15
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Hi Fred,

A very good shot indeed with good exposure, framing and composition. If it's a bit blurry, I can't see it.

BTW, a cloudy day is generally a great time to shoot some flowers in bloom as it allows you to better control the light.( credit has to go to Greg Chappell on that tip). And, the 70-300mm will give you really good macro results shooting florals.


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