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Old May 3, 2012, 8:17 PM   #1
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Default It was an overcast morning so off I went

to a couple parks I've not seen yet this year. It was windy too, so I used SP on the E-P3 with the 'trusty' FT 70-300 set to 1/800 & UP for a few captures.

On the next bright day I will go back for more of the egrets at the pond, but for these I like the noisy background. Where the egret was is most always shade and it was about 150-ft across the pond.

The wildflowers were testy to image too because of the wind but all in all it was a good photo-morning.

I wonder if an EM-5 would really do any better than the P3 for what of & how I make images.












.......and a couple from the FT 9-18


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VERY good Pictures BoBB
I like them ALL
Looks like you really know how to use the P3 with the FT 70-300
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I think where the E-M5 is gonna do better partly is in the shadows, as in one can probably raise shadow values significantly with no noise problems. You can raise the values with E-P3 files in Lightroom, but beyond a certain limit you start paying in noise and it does not appear that way with E-M5 raw files, and E-M5 image quality at ISO 3200 looks to me about as good as the E-P3 at ISO 800 when I look at raw and JPEG files in the DPReview review of the E-M5 when I pick the E-P3 as a point of comparison. A couple of the test images where they used the 45mm f1.8 and did some face closeups in low light at f2 and ISO 6400 were really, really good looking.

Up to ISO 1600 shooting raw I am very happy with the E-P3. If I can keep the ISO down at 800, even better. Easy enough with the fast primes where I have rarely been venturing off the base ISO 200. Harder with the 75-300 and 12-50. With the excellent ISO 3200 performance, the E-M5 + 12-50 + 75-300 would be a very good outfit in a lot of lighting conditions.

A beautiful stand of wildflowers Bob. You retired guys just have way to much time to have fun.

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Very nice shots Bob. Was the Egret photo cropped any? I'm pretty sure the FT 70-300 will be my next lens. I just cannot justify the cost of the micro FT version....at least not with my skill level.
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@Greg, I think the ISO/shadow area of improvement is the most significant in the EM-5.

As for free time, Bonnie has had me pretty well grounded for the past couple weeks. We are doing some improvements about the house and I don't do furniture, tile, carpet, paint and 'stuff' shopping well at all. It is just not the same as trucks, cameras and bags.

I spotted the park 'prairie' meadow on one of our shopping trips, Arlington has done a really great job with our parks across town, there is something for everyone.

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@James, .....yes the egret is cropped some. I shoot only RAW and process every file I keep through Corel's ASP PRO software (formerly Bibble Pro, I've used for 7-years).

Also, I almost always crop away 'junk' if there is wiggle room. Even with the P3 digi-level bars I still shoot 'slanted' images so many need to be straightened.

I ain't proud, so OOC image keepers are not a part of my fun........

I had a first gen 40-150 that came in my E-300 bundle back in 2006, great lens for the time, still is as good as it was then, but I wanted the newer FT 40-150 so it made sense to me to buy the FT40-150 w/MMF-2 converter at the time I bought the P3 ($250.00)

Olympus had the package deal on for a long time. I just looked to see if Arlington Camera still lists the set and discovered the for Olympus lenses, they are showing the 50-200 & 70-300 only for FT, the rest are all mFT.
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Thanks Bob. Is Corel's ASP pro software the same as PaintShop Pro X4?
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May 28, and it cannot get here fast enough.
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nice shots bob, I am always impressed by your bird shots with the 70-300mm, were they handheld or did you use a tripod/monopod?
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James, Corel bought Bibble Labs and rebranded Bibble Pro to After Shot Pro. The Bibble Pro development team is still in Austin, TX USA but now a part of Corel.
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ra........ everything I shoot is handheld, I have no tripod though I dearly would like having a CF one. I do have a monopod but have not used it in forever and I have a super heavy duty Gorilla Pod which I seem to only carry around.

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Thanks Bob. Is Corel's ASP pro software the same as PaintShop Pro X4?

No James, After Shot Pro is a Raw processor software that will intergrate with PainShop Pro X4 software, but it is not the same. Kind of like Adope Lightroom 4 is different from Adobe Photoshop.
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