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Old Aug 13, 2010, 2:02 PM   #1
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... With a few shots taken with my E-PL1 and either the kit lens or the Oly 40-150mm f/3.5
First off... we had a great time. A few days in Johannesburg, followed by a plane flight to Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, followed by a cab ride and ferry to the Chobe game reserve in northern Botswana, followed by a cab ride back to Livingstone for a flight back to Johannesburg for a drive across the border to Gaborone, Botswana. Most of the pictures are from Zambia and the first Botswana journey.

Some pix have a bit of post-processing, but most are just batch sharpened and scaled for posting here. Some appear on the website way less sharp than they appear in my originals-- dunno what's up with that. Many need some levels/curves adjustment, de-noise, or others, but I wanted to show how they came out from the camera and get any thoughts you all might have for improvements (both in PP and in camera work).

I didn't have the viewfinder, and overall I had success with the LCD screen. The only problem is that the lens (mostly the zoom) often focused on the background rather than the foreground object/person. When DOF was wide, I couldn't tell. Also, a number of the images have a good bit of fringing. I think that's mostly just because of the batch sharpening (that I believe is done after the resize). I use the GIMP and a batch plugin.


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Old Aug 13, 2010, 2:06 PM   #2
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And one more, because it's fun...

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nice shots with the epl-1, did you use auto AF points or did you pick your own. I am not a fan of auto point, as it can lead to focus errors allot, on my epl-1 or T1i. But if it is manual points, I would send the lens in to oly, it may be out of calibration and back focusing.

looks like the like the 40-150mm had enough reach to get the animals on safari.
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I believe your images have been heavily compressed, which can lead to softness and lack of detail seen on them. Some smaller than 100K and all others are way less than 200K. You might want to re-size them as close to 244K as possible (that's the maximum size to upload here). If you use Picasa, choose 600 MP and compression 95% (some times 100% works if the file is not too big to begin with). I'm not sure the lens has a problem as SHOTURTLE suggested because I don't see anything in real focus (front or back). If you are using auto, then I believe the AF point default is multipoint, which is not good because the camera may pick the wrong object to focus on. I always use center spot (or tracking on the G1 when shooting moving subjects). You might want to check some settings such as Noise Reduction. I'd set it to LOW to preserve detail. Lastly, you may be applying too much noise reduction (denoise) to the images. In one hand, it cleans up the noise but along with goes detail.
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I did not comment after looking at these the first time as something did not look good about them on my home monitor, and I think Tullio has pretty much nailed it. There's a definite lack of sharpness in many of the wildlife images, especially one like the multiple animals at the watering hole and the next image of the giraffe, but they pretty much all show it...a kind-of pixelated look you see from images being condensed down too small, then posted somewhere too large for the resolution they were saved at.

When I post images here I always use reduced size hyperlinks provided by my Smugmug site. They have the image size to resolution ratios down perfect for posting images to forums.

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Here is some good info about the focus, The large AF point may be the cause of the miss focus. But it can be fixed easily.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...n-epl-1-a.html
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I believe perdendosi used iAuto mode to shoot these photos, which look exactly like what I got out of the box of my E-PL1. iAuto uses multiple points AF that never get a focus on any point and it uses standard (out of off, low and high) noise filter that kills all the details.

Such photos really damage the good reputation of E-PL1, but it is all Olympus' own falut.
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