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Old Feb 20, 2012, 8:36 PM   #1
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Default My Day With The 75-300 M. Zuiko

Spent the day with my E-P3 and the 75-300 M. Zuiko, working out preferred settings for daylight handheld photography. Knowing the results I have always liked the best have been using as fast a shutter speed as possible, the best set up, short of using it off a tripod, I have determined for me, is using Shutter Speed Priority at 1/1000 second with IS mode 1 turned on and an Auto ISO range of 200-1600 because you definitely need 1600 once an overcast sky gets a little heavy.

If you get things right, this lens is really very sharp.

300mm at ISO 500, this Pegasus from atop the old Magnolia Oil Building.



A bronze cowboy, watching over his herd, at 221mm and ISO 800..



one of the heard, at 124mm and ISO 1000..



I love shooting architectural details with lenses this long. You can compress backgrounds and get at subjects and see detail impossible to make out unless you can zoom in to see it..

179mm at ISO 1250..



75mm at ISO 400..



124mm at ISO 320..



132mm at ISO 400, detail from the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad headquarters building..



94mm at ISO 250, facade from the Dallas County Courthouse..



At the end of the day, went to my normal spot to shoot the subset because the clouds had cleared off. Mounted on a tripod now, at ISO 200 and aperture priority, fired with a cable release using a 1/2 second anti-shock delay..

at 300mm..



This last image, at 240mm, well after the sun went down, if you view it at the original size, you can make out the props and wing lights of that plane..

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Greg. On the first few pics, did you use the center box only for focus?
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That's pretty much all I ever do use. Often I zoom it in and move it around. Every once & a while I will experiment with the face/eye recognition if I am shooting a portrait. Otherwise it's always single point AF.
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I like the sharpness from this lens, especially at some of the ASA speeds you were using. Sure seems like a bargain at 300 bucks. I believe I would rather get this lens even if it means buying an adaptor over the micro Zuiko that runs about 700 bucks. It would be difficult for me to justify the extra expense.
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James, it is I who uses the 'cheap' FT 70-300 and while it is a good one I don't quite get the same results Greg makes.

Then he adds to his skills with the m75-300 and.......
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I knew it was one of you two that have the cheap model but I have seen your pics taken with it and they appear plenty sharp to me.
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It seems to be a nice lens, Greg. I had the 70-300mm once and loved it (should never have sold it). I have the EPL1 and I have capped the ISO at 2500. I'm sure the EP3 can do better than just 1600. Raising it a bit more would buy you even more speed.
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I like the sharpness from this lens, especially at some of the ASA speeds you were using. Sure seems like a bargain at 300 bucks. I believe I would rather get this lens even if it means buying an adaptor over the micro Zuiko that runs about 700 bucks. It would be difficult for me to justify the extra expense.
This was actually the more expensive Micro 75-300 I was using.
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I knew it was one of you two that have the cheap model but I have seen your pics taken with it and they appear plenty sharp to me.
The 70-300 is, very sharp. It's not quite as sharp at 300mm and f5.6 as the 75-300 is at 300mm using its' wide open setting of f6.7.

The trick the less expensive 70-300 has over the Micro 75-300 is, it focuses closer at all focal lengths. The Micro 75-300 can focus to under 3 feet at 75mm, but from 76-300mm, the close focus distance is more like around 5 feet. The four-thirds 70-300 can autofocus to around 3 feet across the range, and can then be manually focussed even closer. To around one-half life size, and if you stop it down to f8, it is very sharp.
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It seems to be a nice lens, Greg. I had the 70-300mm once and loved it (should never have sold it). I have the EPL1 and I have capped the ISO at 2500. I'm sure the EP3 can do better than just 1600. Raising it a bit more would buy you even more speed.
The E-M5 is the right answer for the Micro 75-300. It appears as if ISO 3200 (and maybe even 6400) is very, very good, which would make it a very versatile lens. I feel fine going to 1600 with the E-P3, but would prefer staying around 1250. In the right light you can get good-looking results even higher, but it's a very narrow window.
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