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Old Jan 17, 2014, 3:57 PM   #1
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Default ...practice day with the FT70-300 & E-M1

Today I latched on the ZD 70-300 w/ EX-25 to the E-M1 and ran a 'practice' outing. This was a 1st-time for me to do an 'all' manual shoot, manual exposure, manual focus but today I left the ISO to AUTO, it ran at 100-250.

I really wanted to get the feel for the 70-300/EX-25 and manual focus and today's practice was well worth the time, wheel clicking and barrel twisting was a dream action albeit a little short for rotation length with the EX-25.

Anyway, this is going to be quite a combination when the really small critters become targets this summer.

.....here's a sample of what I did today













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Old Jan 17, 2014, 4:36 PM   #2
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Those are very nice !!!!
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Old Jan 17, 2014, 4:49 PM   #3
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The Four-Thirds 70-300 is quite a lens. Focuses so darn close on it's own. Much closer than the micro 75-300. Add the EX25 and it's a macro-shooting fool as Bob so aptly shows here. It's also quite a bit lighter than the 50-200 f2.8-3.5. I haven't had a chance to try the 70-300 I kept with the E-M1 but it may be about time. Not sure I want to try totting both the 70-300 and 50-200 in the same bag either. Maybe I'll just put a second bag in the trunk this weekend so I can swap various lenses out during the day.
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Look'en good Bob. Should be a fine combo for spring blooms.
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Old Jan 17, 2014, 8:22 PM   #5
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Bob, I've been shooting with that combination on my EM5 all last year and absolutely love what it does. I think you'll be really tickled with it on the spring bloomers. It's especially nice because you don't have to get right on top of your subject and interfere with the light!
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....actually I've been shooting the ZD 70-300 for more than 4-years on the E-3, E-P3 and now the E-M1 and with the EX-25 as well for extreme close-ups as were today's images.

It is my go to lens for butterflies, dragon flies, crawlers and anything else for extreme close-up. If the lens ever goes 'broke' I will replace it ASAP!

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This outing was to learn if MANUAL focus might be a better focus option for me over AF for the lens on the E-M1 where, because of handling balance, MANUAL focusing this lens on the E-P3 doesn't work so well.

With the E-M1 package manual focus is very good and quick for static subjects like the above. I do believe AF will be my choice for the runners, fliers & hoppers BUT whatever the focus choice the lens plays marvelously better on the M1 than it did on the P3 and equal/better to the E-3.

I surely hope we will have Monarch butterflies this year... all of last year only a handful by late fall.

Thanks for the comments, much appreciated and I hope this might encourage others for a ZD 70-300 on the E-M1 (others other than Greg, he is getting his 70-300 out from mothballs this weekend)
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Excellent work Bob; you really make the 70-300 sparkle in your work over the years. Maybe I should use my 70-300 more often. I've barely used it since I got the 50-200 a couple of years ago.
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......thank you Steven, much like you and the FT 50-200 I get hooked into keeping h 70-300on the camera.

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Yep, it would be a good 'gator' lens, but I wouldn't know except 600mm is 50% more than 400mm and that would be my choice .
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Very nice Bob and an extremely narrow DOF for sure. It is amazing the quality of shots that can be obtained with a lens you can pick up used for well under 200 dollars.
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You would enjoy this lens James, it works well on the E-3.

Here is another teaser at 76mm + EX-25
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