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Old May 25, 2012, 12:45 PM   #11
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They are very nice pics but the first thing that came to mind for me is that the contrast was a little high. I have the E-PL2 but I'm not sure if it's better than the E-PL1 in terms of IQ.
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My understanding is that the EPL2 tends to under expose a bit but in terms of IQ the two cameras are almost identical. Also I believe that the EPL2 has a slightly faster AF system. I like the looks of the EPL2 and the controls but that's not enough for me to justify replacing my EPL1 with it.
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Old May 25, 2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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I hear you, now back to counting my pennies.
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My understanding is that the EPL2 tends to under expose a bit but in terms of IQ the two cameras are almost identical. Also I believe that the EPL2 has a slightly faster AF system. I like the looks of the EPL2 and the controls but that's not enough for me to justify replacing my EPL1 with it.
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Old May 25, 2012, 1:11 PM   #14
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You have pennies to count??? You're better off than me
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Old May 25, 2012, 1:13 PM   #15
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Yep, when I get my adaptor I'll take a macro of my penny can.
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Old May 25, 2012, 6:59 PM   #16
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Every penny counts these days. I bought the E-PL1 partially because the penny count was right and I never had an Olympus camera before. After all, I really likes its looks. Looks can kill sometimes. At that time, I was looking for a compact camera with interchangeable lens, this camera came on sale. I really like the color it produced and honestly it feels my needas a vacation camera and the only thing is that I can't use for shooting sports or fast flying birds. I have a huge camera in my collection, the E-PL1 feel like nothing in my hand and makes it perfect for my next vacation.

Of course, thanks everyone for the comments and the help you offered.
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nice birds, first and last shots are my favorites of the set.

A couple of minor things I found that can help when using the 45-200mm;

single point focus - read the sticky on how this works but my best results with the 45-200mm come from using single point focus with the focus box at 14x in center of frame, place on subject.

shutter priority - I think 1/500 or even 1/250.

If you want to try to get in flight shots you will do best by getting your focus on and then keep it set and just snap away until the bird takes off. It is very difficult to get these cdaf cameras to focus on a moving bird in my experience.

OIS off and IBIS on or OIS on and IBIS off -- use one or the other, not both together .

some post processing could also bring out more detail in the birds, I also think that the lighting made it extra difficult to capture.

if you're already doing this then sorry for interfering, I found this helpful when I was learning to use this lens.
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Old May 26, 2012, 12:56 PM   #18
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Your 5D and L lens has me drooling.
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[QUOTE=ramcewan;1303270]
shutter priority - I think 1/500 or even 1/250.
I agree here, the shutter speed should be at least twice the focal length you are using so if your shooting at 200mm, shutter should be at least 1/400th, more if hand held. With IS maybe you can get away with less, don't know. The above was my method with my 35mm film cameras.
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