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Old Apr 4, 2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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Default Greg's influence..... manual mode with the E-P3

.......so Greg's post about shooting the E-P3 in manual mode got my interest to the point that today I decided to give it a go.

I latched the FT 70-300 (it's pretty much all I use for park shooting) onto the P3 and headed to my favorite park for flora and butterflies. The butterflies are beginning to show, I saw two Monarchs today, but the show today was about the roses.

Today's light was intense sunlight and there was a light breeze so I did manual settings around shutter speeds of 1/1000 - 1/1250.

These are what I ended with today.... I am quite pleased with myself, thank you very much (while breaking my arm from back-patting)

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....and the obligatory Red Ear Slider in the park pond, I think this one is called 'Claws'
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You need to bring some nail clippers next time you visit that pond. It's WAY overdue.

Some beautiful roses there, nice bluebonnet closeup and a handsome butterfly. Really bright, contrasty light, and you did do quite well.
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What a difference a day makes weather wise.

Good that you had the 70-300 on the EP-3 as I wouldn't have wanted to get too close to 'claws'

Fine results and set of images especially in such bright lighting.

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That is a really nice set of photos Bob. Very well done.
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Old Apr 5, 2012, 7:53 AM   #5
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Bob, I especially like the Nightmare on Elm Street Turtle shot. Sure looks like that lens is the better buy for one on a budget compared to the price of the MFT lens.
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Hey Bob
ALL VERY nice shots

I wonder how the 4/3 70-300 will do on my E-PL1
I will find out as soon as my adapter arrives
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It will work fine. AF just takes a second or so to settle down. Ergonomically it's fine. The extra weight compared to the micro model helps steady the outfit. The 70-300 will focus much closer than the micro 75-300 and you can use it with the EX25 tube for really close-up shooting.

I hear Kenko is about to introduce a set of micro-specific extension tubes like the EX25, complete with the contacts, in 10mm and 16mm lengths.....something I have been longing for to use with the micro 75-300.

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....yep, the 70-300 FT lens works very well on the PEN cameras, especially with the VF-2 or VF-3. It is not unwieldy, focuses just fine and the results can be very good. With butterfly season beginning I will be using this lens on the P3 most of the time.

I saw the blip about the Kenko extenders, there are quite a few 'on board-ers' for m43 products now and more happening....... and that is GOOD!
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Love the rose with the "tear drop" Are you walking about with an eye dropper

That turtle must be the champion spear-fisherturtle in the pond

Great captures Bob
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