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Old Mar 3, 2011, 5:18 AM   #1
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I've been concentrating on using the 50-200mm ED with the E-20 telecon on the E-30 when shooting birds. I've been really experimenting with various AF settings and to determine if I can come close to using the C-AF system of the E-30 with any degree of success. Unfortunately, unlike Greg's experience with his E-5, the E-30 just doesn't perform (for me) with any consistency.

But, I have managed to pull off a few decent shots of birds in flight. Here are a few:










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The luck I had with the E30 and hockey involved single AF and feathering the release, constantly refocusing until the action hit a point and I pressed the release all the way in. You might give that a try.

I also turn IS off. If you had it on, even in the panning mode, you might want to turn it off and see if that helps, too.
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The luck I had with the E30 and hockey involved single AF and feathering the release, constantly refocusing until the action hit a point and I pressed the release all the way in. You might give that a try.

I also turn IS off. If you had it on, even in the panning mode, you might want to turn it off and see if that helps, too.
Hi Greg,

Thanks for the IS reminder. I just disabled it. As for S-AF, that is what I find typically works best for me, I have it set to S-AF, 4point Dynamic focus points, and I keep feathering the shutter until the lens reaches proper focus.

Only trouble is that these birds are faster than I am.


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Yes, I would imagine those birds of prey are faster than the subjects I've been shooting at the lagoon I found a few weeks ago, and anything smaller, forget it. Not so much because of what the camera could possibly do, but what I personally am capable of in terms of locating a subject, then getting it framed in-camera fast enough and shooting before it's gone.

What little I have tried has really given me an appreciation for those who have obviously been doing it a long time and are really good at it.
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