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Old Jan 21, 2011, 5:21 PM   #11
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Hi Greg, I have just ordered the olympus E-5, zuiko digital 50-200mm lens and the 2x teleconverter (ec20) same combo as you - found your great bird pictures - just wanted to know if you used auto or manual focus? Have been a bird watcher for quite a while but I am a beginner SLR user.
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Hi Greg, I have just ordered the olympus E-5, zuiko digital 50-200mm lens and the 2x teleconverter (ec20) same combo as you - found your great bird pictures - just wanted to know if you used auto or manual focus? Have been a bird watcher for quite a while but I am a beginner SLR user.
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Definitely autofocus. The 50-200 + EC20 and zoomed to 150-200mm is a lot of magnification. Almost too hard to accurately focus manually unless you had it steadied on a tripod. For these birds in movement I even had continuous AF on with the center diamond pattern of AF areas activated so if the subject drifted from the center point another point would pick it up.

I'm going out tomorrow to hopefully find some more subjects to practice on.
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I'm with Zig, those last few frames are spectacular. What a great combination you have.
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 8:30 PM   #14
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Definitely autofocus. The 50-200 + EC20 and zoomed to 150-200mm is a lot of magnification. Almost too hard to accurately focus manually unless you had it steadied on a tripod. For these birds in movement I even had continuous AF on with the center diamond pattern of AF areas activated so if the subject drifted from the center point another point would pick it up.

I'm going out tomorrow to hopefully find some more subjects to practice on.
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Whatever you do in terms of exposure settings, make sure to keep your shutter speeds up when using the 50-200+EC20 combination....like, at least over 1/1000 second. I was out doing some more shooting today and let the shutter speeds drop below 1/1000 second and had issues with blur due to subject movement with birds in flight.

An out of focus image has one look, blur another, and mine were definitely blur induced. I had some great-looking compositions that were ruined by the movement-induced blur. I also did not change to Image stabilization mode 3, which is for horizontal panning, which was what I was doing. Still had a few nice captures, but my percentages would have been MUCH higher had I taken a couple of extra steps..







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Thanks. Hand held. I had the ISO manually set to 400 to keep the shutter speeds up.
Hi Greg, I'm interested to know if you used manual or auto focus?
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Definitely autofocus. Continuous AF with the center diamond pattern array when shooting birds in-flight. For shots of static subjects in trees and such, single AF is what works best for me.

I went out again today and used what I learned yesterday by keeping the aperture at f8 rather than f11, kept shutter speeds up, in the 1/1600 to 1/2500 range, and my keeper rate for in-flight shooting went out the roof. I was out there around 30-40 minutes and came home with 77 images in excellent focus out of 109 images I shot. I deleted around 9-10 where the camera's AF system didn't get it right and deleted another 20 or so where I missed the composition with the image just out of the frame or positioned wrong enough I knew I couldn't do anything with it.

I'll take 77 out of 109 with this type subject any day.






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Hi Greg,

77 out of 109 is outstanding for any camera- forget the brand.

The last 2 images of the White Heron are really as good as anything I've seen as far as focus is concerned. You and the E-5 nailed them.

Very encouraging to see an Olympus camera whose AF system works this well.

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