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Old May 9, 2010, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default More OLY 70-300 lense test shots

The first was at 150mm
ISO 400 F 5.0 shutter 200 Croped about 50 %
The second one at 300mm could use some work
ISO 100 F 5.6 Shutter 200 . I think a little shake at Shutter 200 and 300mm
Both hand Held
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Old May 9, 2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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While it can be done, I find IQ much better when my E620 70-300mm combo is on a tripod/monopod. Granted, it's got good IS. But, in my case, I ain't no spring chicken and while it may *appear* I'm holding it pretty steady, I'm not and it shows in the IQ. Add to that the movement of the subject... not the best. At very least, a good brace of some sort is almost mandatory. Unless, you're a steady neurosurgeon or bomb squad guy heheheh I also shoot a lot in burst mode with the logic that if I shoot a bunch of 'em I may get lucky with a few good ones.
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Hi Fred,


Your first shot of the hanging ornamental apple was sharper and helps to answer your question. That is shutter speed. With the 70-300mm extended to 300mm, your shutter speed, when the camera is being hand held, should be a minimum of 1/500sec and many will tell you it should be twice the focal length- or 1/600sec. to start, faster if possible.

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.


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Thankyou very much for the replys
I have been getting good results with my 40-150 shutter 600.
My very first test shot with the 70-300 was shutter 800 and ISO 800
with much better results considering it was very cloudy.
My brain had a short when I did not set my shutter to 800.
zig-123 I read your post on the 70-300 low light.
Thanks for the great tips.
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Hi Fred,

Thanks for the reply and hope my suggestions may make it a more enjoyable lens to use.

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Hi Fred, I've had the 70 300 for quite a while and I pretty much always use 400 ISO for moving objects in decent light. Unlike Zig I don't have much luck past that point. I find most of what I shoot at 8 and 1600 from the 510 and 70 300 to be to noisy for my taste. It could well be me, I've seen good shots at the higher ISOs but mostly in good light, at lower light conditions, early and late in the day with this combination, I get quite a bit of noise. A lot of this may be due to fact I crop quite often and the noise really shows up in a cropped photo, especially if sky is involved. As Gary mentioned the tripod is a great tool, even a little shake at 300mm can ruin an otherwise great photo. F8 is the sweet spot for this lens and if you can keep it under 250mm it will be much sharper, 300 can be a tad soft.
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Hi Fred,

Thanks for the reply and hope my suggestions may make it a more enjoyable lens to use.

Zig
Thanks again Zig.
I got some not too bad shots this evening with my E-520 and the 70-300.
I call it my 8 settings
ISO 800 Shutter 800 F 8.0. Not super sharp but acceptable.
Here is the famous apple using the 8 settings at 300 mm Hand held

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What sharpness setting are you using with your E520? I set mine to +2 and never looked back. If you shoot using JPEG capture, that's what I'd do.
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What sharpness setting are you using with your E520? I set mine to +2 and never looked back. If you shoot using JPEG capture, that's what I'd do.
Thanks Greg.
Now, I do not have any sharpness set. " 0 "
I will try +2

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I think you'll like the results much better. With the E520, Olympus finally got the sharpening and noise filters right as they do what they're supposed to do, not what they did on th E510 where you have to turn everything way down.
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