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Old Dec 27, 2015, 3:04 PM   #1
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Default New xmas gear photos and a northern flicker

Well I got two new lenses for xmas this year, the bargain priced Panasonic Lumix 25mm f1.7 from Sammy's for $97 and the diminutive Lumix 12-32mm on the grey market from Japan for $135.

Kinda grey and gross outside so I figured I'd do a couple gear shots;

I bought the 12-32 specifically for the E-PM2 as it makes such a nice compact walk around camera, taken with the EM-1 using the 25mm f1.7 @ f8.0 with ISO set to low and using the new 2 second anti-shock mode.

20151227-PC270019 by ramcewan, on Flickr

And one with same lens and body but at f1.7 to show wide open bokeh

20151227-PC270027 by ramcewan, on Flickr

Switching cameras here's a shot with the E-PM2 and the 12-32mm @ 30mm, f7.1 and ISO 200, 2 second delay. As you can see the 25mm f1.7 looks right at home on the E-M1 as a nifty fifty and comes with a hood which attaches after removing a ring. It's an all plastic but the mount lens and very light.

20151227-PC270007 by ramcewan, on Flickr

Finally I did get a shot of this Northern Flicker (male) with the 50-200 and E-M1, slightly obscured but my only picture of this bird.

Northern Flicker by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Old Dec 27, 2015, 4:30 PM   #2
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Very nice product photos for sure.
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Thanks James!
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Old Dec 29, 2015, 6:52 PM   #4
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Nice shots, and congrats on the new lens.
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Congratulations on the new lenses..!!!

Love the Northern Flicker, they move very fast and always challenging to capture it.
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Nice shot of the Flicker, I had one on my feeder about two weeks ago, he managed to rip it down trying to get at his peanuts.
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Thanks Steven, Marcelo and Conor!

Yes the Northern flicker is a cool bird from it's rust eye marks, sliver head, red neck, black splotches, spotted underside and molted back to its yellow on the bottom tail.


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Nice shot of the Flicker, I had one on my feeder about two weeks ago, he managed to rip it down trying to get at his peanuts.
Yearh, it's not a particularly small bird, a little bigger than the size of the red bellied wood pecker I can imagine it putting a hurt on a feeder. I may have to try peanuts based on your comment to see if I can bring him back. I usually use a blueberry suet that oddly enough is a favorite of the northern bluebirds which I really enjoy.

My wife says she has seen the flicker a few times, myself only this once and I was glad to have the 50-200 and E-M1 ready, it's really a great combo. I know Oly is coming with the 300 f4 and Panasonic with the 100-400 but I just feel like the speed of the 50-200 is such an advantage and w/16mp I'd rather crop, that and with a reported price of 2600eruo !!! I wouldn't/couldn't pay that for a lens and if I did it'd have to be for a used copy of the 300mm f2.8 .... now that's a piece of glass worth a the price of a cheap used car

Will be interesting to see if the E-M1 II keeps the PDAF compatibility of the current E-M1, if it doesn't I will be bummed for sure.
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Congratulations on the new glass, nice shots. With shot of the Northern Flicker I know it was cropped, shot at ISO 1000 and processed with Light Room.
I'm personally not a fan of Light Rooms noise reduction at high ISO don't like the look of its processing of image noise.
I do prefer Olympus Viewer 3 RAW images at high ISO's, I know its very slow but I also like its standard colour profile as they are very accurate to real life, how you can change various in cameras settings (picture modes, noise reduction) and how it displays a mask of the selected aspect ratio over the 4:3 image instead of just the full 4:3 image.
This is only my opinion and please don't take it the wrong way.

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