.... Dare I say that I prefer shot1 pre-upgrade. But I'm not a great Topaz fan either way and am happy being back with Imageonic Noiseware and sharpening independently.I know a lot of us that still use olympus (seems to be diminishing on here) also use topaz de-noise for p/p however since getting the mk3 body and getting out again I began to wonder why my results were sub par and wondering if I had done the right thing .. anyway had a special offer come through from topaz this morning to upgrade (mine lapsed in feb.) so I bit the bullet luckily I had done a couple yesterday that were sub par for posting so I had a good comparison . shot 1 is yesterdays shot two is after upgrade
foraging by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr
foraging 2 by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr
all came back o.k ,its now redundant though as I bought a new mkiii from h.dew at a super price with 3 year u.k warranty .. if the rubbers go on that I will order plastic replacement grips from Australia@theblackfox how is the rubber on your II? Im wondering it I should send mine in, but I guess I should ask you in two years time to see if it has come unstuck again!
Thanks for sharing your first thoughts. It makes me feel vaguely better about recently using a monopod or tripod with my EM1iii with the 300 + 1.4 extender on it. It's ok to briefly hold it, but if I am staying really still, trying not to be detected by the wildlife, my muscles aren't up to it I do find it a bit unwieldy though and would prefer to hand hold if I could.Well, my how time flies since I posted any images to share....................
However, I now have my new M1X and only just got round to trying it out with my 300mm f4 and the x2 TC
The combo is a bit of beast as the FoV is so narrow and my muscle tone ain't what it used to be
These first two images are of some plants in the garden in S-AF and shutter priority and for added stability I was leaning against the kitchen door frame.
This is the full frame at approx 16ft away
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This is a cropped version of the above
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Again full frame and the plant was about 20feet away?
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I also wanted try the C-AF on the few garden birds about and I typically use a 3x3 or 5x5 AF target but found that I had too cluttered a FoV so the AF was non too settled...................so tried C-AF (Tr) with Bird Ai Detection.
My initial attempts were mixed as the Bird AI tended to jump around the target frame and was 'uncertain'. I then recalled something I had read at DP Review forum that it was best to set the C-AF sensitivity to +2 and that settled it down very nicely (based on my limited usage and so far trying)
This first Starling was on my immediate neighbours roof
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Next I tried on a Starling on a chimney top across the road..............I tried again with C-AF and it was never quite in focus likely due the fact I was not managing to hold the combo steady enough with the 5x5 target so the C-AF was not holding/locking on the bird. In S-AF it looked AOK by comparison.
So back to the Bird AI and it 'held on the bird' but just as I was giving up on the bird flying (I was hoping for a BiF shot) it took off and frankly I kind of mashed the shutter and the Bird AI acquired the bird giving me this.....
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And cropped to 'taste'
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Suffice to say I have far from mastered the combo and I think at least in the field I might need at least my monopod...............but just maybe the combo will work best when tripod mounted i.e. my x1.4 TC perhaps will see more use than the x2 TC ???
Having said that I intend to take it for a wander around the nearby lake soonish, though a few weeks back there was little by way of waterfowl to be seen
I suppose the potential to use a monopod when needed is a bit like the camera itself........ i.e. versatility.Thanks for sharing your first thoughts. It makes me feel vaguely better about recently using a monopod or tripod with my EM1iii with the 300 + 1.4 extender on it. It's ok to briefly hold it, but if I am staying really still, trying not to be detected by the wildlife, my muscles aren't up to it I do find it a bit unwieldy though and would prefer to hand hold if I could.
The bird AF appears to have nailed the focus on the starling - looks like a situation where Pro Capture would be useful too. Can the Em1x do both at the same time?
I quite fancy a 2x extender.... and an Em1x
@Bebop and @RedRobinI suppose the potential to use a monopod when needed is a bit like the camera itself........ i.e. versatility.
Re: using Bird AI with ProCap, I don't recall that being mentioned anywhere so your question is an interesting one. I'll have to get back to you on that one
Thanks for that - that is interesting and makes it even more powerful (and desirable). There are so many combinations aren't there?@Bebop and @RedRobin
I have done a quick test of using ProCap Lo and C-AF (Tr) Bird AI in combination.
This/these observations are far from definitive or conclusive.
Yes, they can be run together.
Using the BBF to "AF Start" the Bird AI did its thing of locating and 'holding' on to the bird (I should test C-AF (Tr) without Bird AI 'on') and the half press of the shutter button started ProCap running.
In the case of a bird just flexing & stretching (I was hoping it was about to fly) ~ IMO normal C-AF would have been more useful................but as mentioned I was waiting for a flight/take-off.
I also managed with a rest to take off.....................as the bird leaves the perch so quickly I was not 100% sure that the Bird AI actually tracked the bird (i.e. I could not discern the green target frame moving to cover the bird???) Again , as above based on using the Mk2 with ProCap and C-AF, that may be a better choice. Though being able to accurately track the bird would be a big bonus hence maybe standard C-AF & Tr might keep up with the rapid take-off and initial flight.
Todays weather the back garden birds being too few did not give me enough chances to try out a broader range of settings
PS thinking about it............. I should setup 3 almost identical custom sets with the prime difference being one each @:-
C-AF(Tr) & Bird AI
NB with/without ProCapLo ???
Reachable from S-AF and using 'allocated custom set buttons to toggle "sets".
That’s really interesting. Thanks for sharing. Looks worthwhile. I’ve been using Pro Capture L a bit more often recently.@Bebop
Re: combined usage of Pro Cap Low & Bird AI
I have now found a site where they have used the combo to good effect. Currently reading and digesting.......
This article discusses combining imaging technologies... specifically Pro Capture L with Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking.smallsensorphotography.com
And this one where he emphasises it as his primary BiF method now.
After some field experience using Pro Capture L with Bird AI to photograph birds-in-flight, I've decided it will be my primary BIF setting.smallsensorphotography.com
Looks like I will need to get checking and trying more for myself.
PS @RedRobin just a heads up as possibly of interest
I don't think it would work as well as hoped. The chicks hear something and think they are about to be fed and stretch up to the nest box hole.Piece of alloy plate with a hole works well
I have not seen that design of 'protector' before but does look like am excellent one compared to the standard plate reinforcement type.I don't think it would work as well as hoped. The chicks hear something and think they are about to be fed and stretch up to the nest box hole.
I had been watching my Great Tit box but was unable to stop this. just ordered some guards
windhager-predator-protection-for-birdhouses-1-pc-883652-en by Mike Killelea, on Flickr
woopecker predetor plus slow motion edit by Mike Killelea, on Flickr