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Old Jan 8, 2013, 10:31 AM   #21
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Hmmm well not overly impressed with my first go of the lens, its going to take some getting used to!

Its not stopped raining all day but i wanted a go so booted the rabbits out and ordered them to model for me, however i took 174 photo's and these were the only ones not extremely blurry, however they are still blurry and i was not even zoomed in all the way I was not happy i missed some really good photo opportunities had i only had a stable lens!

Hats off to you guys that snap birds with this lens, because it does not seem to like moving objects, no matter what setting i try!














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Old Jan 14, 2013, 6:00 AM   #22
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One of the ways Olympus kept the size and price of the E4XX cameras down, was omitting the in-body image stabilization (IS) that the E-620 and other larger, more expensive Oly bodies have. The longer the focal length of the lens, the more IS helps counteract camera shake. If you got yourself a monopod it would help the sharpness of your photos with that telephoto.

Lots of folks don't realize that professional photographers always try to use a tripod unless the circumstances don't allow it (such as event photography sometimes). But if you look at sports events on TV, the photographers standing on the side with those big white lenses are usually using a monopod.

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Yes, Ted is correct. Your E-450 does not have image stabilization, and the 300mm top end of your zoom is the 35mm equivalent of a huge 600mm lens. It needs a high shutter speed to eliminate camera shake with such a huge magnification; unless you use a monopod or tripod.
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Steve is correct and the rule of thumb is that the minimum shutter speed should be at least that of your focal length, especially with no IS. In your case the minimum shutter speed should be at least 1/600 of a second.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 10:28 AM   #25
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They're really not terrible shots but I know you wanted something a little better.
Try some ourdoor shots on a bright day and also try the full range of the lens. It works very well for close up shots but don't get the lens closer that abot 3 1/2 feet. Actually it tell you on the side of lens how close you can get.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 5:22 AM   #26
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I've been laying around with it, and have taken some better pictures, i think the dull foggy days were a major problem, i've used it on a brighter day here:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/an...sing-lens.html

and i'm more comfortable with it now, it does struggle sightly to pic out objects over busy backgrounds, and i think thats the hard part about the rabbits as the grass can be overpowering at times plus everything else.
We have had a lot of snow recently and i've managed to get some ok shots of them on that instead as they are more defined Which is more than i can say for pictures of the dogs in the snow!! haha!

















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Those are better Sarah, especially considering all the white snow around which can throw off the correct exposure metering.
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