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Old May 14, 2014, 4:26 PM   #1
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Default .....time to re-acquaint with the ZD 70-300

We've had quite a cool spring and actually some rain which has given nature's best some opportunity to sprout, liven and begin looking a bit like summer around here.

Monday I hooked the ZD 70-300 onto the E-M1, set all to manual and headed out to familiarize myself once again to one of Olympus' great combinations for photographing any pure nature subject.

Here is a sampling of my day...........

Mourning Cloak butterfly


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Black Swallowtail (male)


.....dragonflies are beginning to show which are photo-fun with the ZD 70-300



.........and (WILD) wildflowers

Indian Paintbrush


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...........and my always parks-art of stuff I see & like





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Looking good! Been reading about the cooler weather down there. Were any of these with the EX25?

I hear we are about to get another EM1 firmware update, and one of the features is improved AF speed with the four-thirds glass. If it gets much better it'll be almost as good as the E5 DSLR.
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I don't know how you do it. If number ten was any sharper it would cut my monitor.
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....... thanks Alan, that file is one of my favorites of that day, I am pleased you like it too.

Greg, tonight will be cool, 49 @7am with hi tomorrow 79 @ 4pm .. low 80s rest of week and early next week.

Yes, any much faster AF and 43 lenses will really be cranked up. I don't pay attention now, it is that good for me but hey, faster would be better for sure.

I did not use the EX25 for any of these, I will later when I go bug-hunting and when the dragonflies are many. Next out I am planning the 35mm and either the EC-20 or digi-X2.
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Those are real nice Bob. I didn't think that lens was capable of close ups.
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Oh yeah, it can focus very close on it's own. I think down to something like 1:3 life-size with AF. There's an option to get down to one-half life size (same reproduction ratio as the 50mm f2 macro) focusing manually in the closest range, which I have rarely used. Manually focusing the DSLR's was never easy, even the best Olympus E5. With the E-M1 and all the focusing aids it has, this lens could be easier to use.

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A really good series Bob. All are excellent, but I think my personal favorite is the pale blue blossom in shot #6.
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....doggone it! I had a reply typed explaining what Greg said and a couple more examples from last year; then lost it because of a session boo! boo!

Thanks Steven, those little blue flowers are so fun to photograph, I do them every time out.

These are a couple examples I had set to share, all done with the camera E-P3









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Awesome dragon flies! You have more patience than me.
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Those really are some of the best dragonflies I've seen. Were they taken early in the morning before they warmed up? That lens/body combo is amazing.
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