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Old Jul 20, 2012, 6:19 PM   #11
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You might also try using the 45-200 in shutter speed priority, setting a shutter speed you are comfortable handholding and getting a sharp result and just let the ISO go, where it has to go to get you there. That's what I do with my 75-300 M. Zuiko. If I don't keep shutter speeds up to at least 1/400 second, I have to be very careful handholding or the results might not come out sharp if I am hand-holding.

Too slow a shutter speed is more often the cause of unsharp images with telezooms than the optical quality of the lens.
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You might also try using the 45-200 in shutter speed priority, setting a shutter speed you are comfortable handholding and getting a sharp result and just let the ISO go, where it has to go to get you there. That's what I do with my 75-300 M. Zuiko. If I don't keep shutter speeds up to at least 1/400 second, I have to be very careful handholding or the results might not come out sharp if I am hand-holding.

Too slow a shutter speed is more often the cause of unsharp images with telezooms than the optical quality of the lens.
That's a good idea, thanks. I do tend to be really leery about letting the ISO go too high, and I tend to take almost everything with aperture priority. I know it varies by situation, but what do people max out with on the ISO? I usually set a max of 1250 but often manually bump that lower (higher? "better"). I took some shots this weekend and got some OK results. I've also noticed I always want to take pictures of things inside the minimum focus which doesn't work--that of course is my fault and not the lens's.

Anyhow, have nights booked around Pictured Rock and Mackinac. Looking forward to it.
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The question about where to max out the auto ISO is very body-dependant. I've used my 75-300 M. Zuiko a time or two with an E-PL2 and was more than happy with some shots I captured as high as ISO 3200. With the E-M5, it's Katy-bar-the-door. When I went to my last night major league baseball game I captured several ISO 6400 images and one as high as ISO 8000 and was surprised how well it did. I'm going again this coming Saturday night and I'm setting the thing to max out at 10,000 and see what happens.

Here's one of the ISO 3200 files from the E-PL2 at a game last year..

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Yeah, that looks good. You'll still see noise at closer viewing, but unless you're planning on printing that to be billboard size I think it'll be fine. I think I'm still a little hesitant of bumping up the ISO because I'm still in the mindset of using the FZ-35. It looked good at base ISO but anything much lower than that . . .
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Anyhow, have nights booked around Pictured Rock and Mackinac. Looking forward to it.
Sammy, I live in Michigan and Pictured Rocks is definitely a photographers paradise, very scenic. Be sure to take the boat trip along the rocks where you will get some very nice shots. As to Mackinac, do take the ferry to Mackinaw Island. You will feel like you are back in the 1900's. Only horses and bikes allowed there. And be sure to visit the Grand Hotel for another great photo opportunity. When on the Island visit the butterfly exhibit (live butterflies) and the fort.
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Here is a link to some pics of the Pictured Rocks Park in the Upper Penisula, MI.


http://images.search.yahoo.com/searc...Pictured+Rocks
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You're right James--it was amazing! Just got back, and I probably took a thousand photographs of varying quality, it'll take forever to go through them. Most of the tourist type, I guess . . . I will live with that.

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Very nice and you had a gorgeous day which helps to bring out the color/shades of the rock and water.
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Did you take the Pirctured Rock boat cruise?
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Beautiful shot. I really like the way you composed the scene.
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