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Old Dec 22, 2010, 1:02 AM   #1
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Holy cow, what a machine....

This is the best one yet. That's all I can say. Even the continuous AF is really good. In the first period I used single AF. In the second period, continuous AF with the single center point. Great. Worked like a charm. In the third period I selected the center diamond pattern and kept it on continuous AF. At this point, my E30 hesitates and gets it all wrong continuously. The E5.....didn't miss a beat. I was tracking hockey players all over the ice and bursting away when the action hit a peak.

Captured everything RAW. Shutter speed priority at 1/1250 second with a +1 EV exposure compensation for the ice. Auto ISO with the ceiling set to ISO 6400, and as far as I can tell processing these in ACR, Adobe did a pretty darn good job with the E5 profile. All captured with the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD.

It's late, but I had to cherry-pick a few and get them processed tonight. Clicking on any one of these will take you to the NHL folder on my website where I uploaded just over 30 of the almost 400 I came home with. the E5 images are the first ones you'll see.

ISO 1000..



ISO 4000..



ISO 2000..



ISO 1250..



Break away goal at ISO 1600..



ISO 1600..



ISO 2000..



ISO 1250..



Slipping one past the goalies shoulder at ISO 2000..



ISO 2500..



That's what I call a real whiff....at ISO 1250..



ISO 3200..


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Old Dec 22, 2010, 4:56 AM   #2
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Awesome shots!! Thanks for posting them.

The more you guys post images of the E-5, the more I want it... and the more the wallet fights back! LOL
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Old Dec 22, 2010, 5:25 AM   #3
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Great action shots. Unfortunately the Stars beat my beloved Canadiens.

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Old Dec 22, 2010, 5:34 AM   #4
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I had a feeling you were going to really like that camera.
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I had a feeling you were going to really like that camera.
Yeah - I have the feeling that anyone looking for an E-30 should send Greg a PM.

That ISO4000 shot is amazing - I honestly never thought I would see something like that from a 4/3-size sensor.

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......ok! I'm convinced I need one too, dang these are good.
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Thanks, Greg. Once again I have that nagging feeling that I gotta have the E-5. I just completed therapy to help alleviate that and now this. Thanks.

All kidding (kind of) aside, spectacular images.
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After seeing these images, All I have to say is I can't wait for the baseball season to start

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VERY Nice Greg.
I am going to another Hitmen game in a few weeks.
I will be doing lots of experimenting with my 40-150 MKII
and I will also bring my 14-54 MKI. The Saddledome has good ligting
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Yeah - I have the feeling that anyone looking for an E-30 should send Greg a PM.

That ISO4000 shot is amazing - I honestly never thought I would see something like that from a 4/3-size sensor.

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Yes, and I could have cleaned it up even better than that. After applying sharpening, I used the masking slider to keep sharpening from being applied on the ice and other places where there was little detail, then only applied luminence noise filtering to the point I was happy with the results. I can't remember what the number was, but I don't think I went higher than 30-35 on any of these with the luminence slider. Most were in the 20-25 range. Looking at them as I processed them on my computer at home last evening, they looked very clean on opening the conversions from ACR. My screen here at the office is set to a much higher level of brightness and I see a higher level of noise in them as a result....a problem anytime you start looking at files on different screens, but it's a fine grainy-looking noise, not blotchy/ugly noise. For ISO 4000 and the times I will need that setting, I can definitely live with that.

When I go back and process the rest, I will probably run a few through Viewer II and use both the Low and Standard noise filter settings to compare what the camera would have done to what I am using in ACR.

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