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    Some more spring with EM1 and 75-300II ....









    Meanwhile I start loving this lens.
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    Some more spring with EM1 and 75-300II ....


    Meanwhile I start loving this lens.
    HI Peter
    Lovely spring shots.

    I had the 75-300 mark 1, and although it was very useful, I didn't think it was that great at 300 and infinity (which was rather the point). The 80-200 f4 Leica on the other hand IS good at 200mm and infinity - it's very good!

    I have high hopes for the 40-150, and the 300 f4 - we shall see!

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    HI Peter
    Lovely spring shots.

    I had the 75-300 mark 1, and although it was very useful, I didn't think it was that great at 300 and infinity (which was rather the point). The 80-200 f4 Leica on the other hand IS good at 200mm and infinity - it's very good!

    I have high hopes for the 40-150, and the 300 f4 - we shall see!
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    many thanks!

    I am using the 75-300II with mixed results/feelings. In many occasions it draws pretty excellent at 300, but you never can predict. This is maybe due to AF not always spot on or also sometimes depending on light and subject you can see that its optical construction is not the very best.

    Definitely it is no pro grade lens and my hope is also for those lenses to come!

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    Some cat shots with EM1 and 75-300II - first and last at 300, second at 208 ....





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    Warsaw this morning from the 20th floor:



    E-M1, Panaleica 25/1.4 (seven shots) with PT-Gui.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    I had the 75-300 mark 1, and although it was very useful, I didn't think it was that great at 300 and infinity (which was rather the point).
    Hi Jono and Peter

    If you get a chance to borrow, beg or steal() a Panasonic 100-300 lens you should try it. I also have an mZuiko 75-300 Mk 2 and in my opinion the panasonic beats it every time in sharpness throughout the zoom range, fast and positive AF and it's also a faster aperture lens.

    It has only one problem, which is also common with many long zooms and that is lens creep which can be a bit niggling at times. As an optical tool for long reach work it is superior to the Oly in my experience, that is until the mZuiko f4 300 prime is available!
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    Hi Jono and Peter

    If you get a chance to borrow, beg or steal() a Panasonic 100-300 lens you should try it. I also have an mZuiko 75-300 Mk 2 and in my opinion the panasonic beats it every time in sharpness throughout the zoom range, fast and positive AF and it's also a faster aperture lens.

    It has only one problem, which is also common with many long zooms and that is lens creep which can be a bit niggling at times. As an optical tool for long reach work it is superior to the Oly in my experience, that is until the mZuiko f4 300 prime is available!
    It is a lottery with those Panasonic 100-300mm I have a very bad copy which isn't able to focus at infinite when the focal length is longer than 250mm. I sent it back to Panasonic, but they returned it as is, saying that the lens was inside of specifications. The lens is nice up to 200mm. Compared to the Olympus it is quite heavier, so unless you need stabilization in the lens, you won't gain much. Wait for the long "pro" zoom announced by Olympus, that should make a difference.

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    Hi Jono and Peter

    If you get a chance to borrow, beg or steal() a Panasonic 100-300 lens you should try it. I also have an mZuiko 75-300 Mk 2 and in my opinion the panasonic beats it every time in sharpness throughout the zoom range, fast and positive AF and it's also a faster aperture lens.

    It has only one problem, which is also common with many long zooms and that is lens creep which can be a bit niggling at times. As an optical tool for long reach work it is superior to the Oly in my experience, that is until the mZuiko f4 300 prime is available!
    You may be right - it is always kind of love and hate relationship I have to my 75-300II. Sometimes results are great at 300, in most cases they are unsharp. First I thought this would be lens shake but it also occurs on tripod.

    SO I will get and try a 100-300 to figure out if it works better. I know a shop in Vienna, where I can test the lens and if it is ok, I can buy that sample. This should do with the lens variations

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptomsu View Post
    You may be right - it is always kind of love and hate relationship I have to my 75-300II. Sometimes results are great at 300, in most cases they are unsharp. First I thought this would be lens shake but it also occurs on tripod.

    SO I will get and try a 100-300 to figure out if it works better. I know a shop in Vienna, where I can test the lens and if it is ok, I can buy that sample. This should do with the lens variations
    I once compared 75-300 (first version) to 100-300 and decided for th 100-300 because I felt it to show more consistent IQ. Its larger though, but it is also faster at most focal lengths.
    However I admit I dont use it. Most times it would the the 35-100/2.8 because for my purpose its enough focal length, its smaller and faster.

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    Don't ever trust a Jackdaw to construct a bed for you.
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    Using the Oly 75-300VII (with OMD). Nice to see others enjoying this lens...it isn't fast...it's largely a bright light lens, but I find it renders fine detail very well...especially in the 75-180 range. Here are pics taken along my backyard fence...that's my venue...not an apology, that's all I have time for. I made 11x17s of each of these images before posting...they were nice and sharp.
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    A tank with a very trendy paint job

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    I've been putting a lot of time into shooting with the A7 lately, but yesterday I decided to pull out the E-M1 and take my walk in the park with it.

    This camera is just so darn good, the viewfinder is the best EVF available today and the image stabilization is just amazing. It's responsive and quiet. I fitted the Macro-Elmarit 45 and just enjoyed myself with it...








    Thanks for looking! Comments always appreciated.
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    Another short set of plant details ...







    Thanks again for looking! Comments always appreciated.
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    On vacation in Florence. Purchased a Lenovo 11.6" laptop for editing. It works, its' small, it hard to edit on a small screen!

    EM-1, 12-40

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    Godfrey,

    The plant details are just excellent. I love the photos and the processing.

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    Godfrey,

    The plant details are just excellent. I love the photos and the processing.

    Jim
    Plus one : that is a great series and I love both the framing, the sharpness and the contrasty tones, much more than the trees & benches series.

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    A tank with a very trendy paint job
    Ah, would that be a Leopard tank? Excellent capture....little hard to make a rug out of it though.

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    Just a look
    I got a lot of question on my "Dark Series" made with her and as an answer, YES
    here is one in color. Just a touch of color and a special look of Sepia as well.
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    More handheld night shots, this time from Dresden. All taken with E-M1 and 12-40 f/2.8:

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    Ah, would that be a Leopard tank? Excellent capture....little hard to make a rug out of it though.

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    It's an original Swiss designed tank, called Pz 68. Dimensions are very similar to the Leopard, the gun is the same (a British design). It also mounts a German, MTU diesel engine.

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    Took the kids to the zoo today, brought my new Pano 100-300

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    hi Ian, "elderly" indeed! A great car and the fore runner of the Jaguar car both being designed and built by William Lyons of Swallow Sidecars. He was later to become Sir William Lyons, the firm still making very high quality luxury performance cars at remarkable value. This was the very hallmark of Swallow Sidecars built for attaching to motorcycles.

    A great shot too of the SS badge, not to be confused with the Nazi regiment with the same initials!
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    mmbma, really love your bird shot with the pano 100-300. I got one too now, here is my effort with it.





    The panny 100-300 is really quite sharp at 300mm even wide open 5.6
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    Cranes and Demolition.

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    12-40 - One light
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    Dresden's Zoo with Oly 12-40. I wish I had a longer lens, but I decided to wait for the 40-150 f/2.8:

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    taken today while walking with E-M1 with 75mm f1.8 attached

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    Quote Originally Posted by Massimo Foti View Post
    Dresden's Zoo with Oly 12-40. I wish I had a longer lens, but I decided to wait for the 40-150 f/2.8:

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    lovely shot, just wondering when I look at the original file in flickr, the image seems rather noisy for ISO 200. Did you add noise grain to the image?

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    lovely shot, just wondering when I look at the original file in flickr, the image seems rather noisy for ISO 200. Did you add noise grain to the image?
    I think that's Flickr.com's scaling stuff at work. I notice the same thing with my own photos ... they're sharper and less noisy here than on Flickr because I always grab the BBCode link for my original upload, never any of the rendered sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I think that's Flickr.com's scaling stuff at work. I notice the same thing with my own photos ... they're sharper and less noisy here than on Flickr because I always grab the BBCode link for my original upload, never any of the rendered sizes.

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    strange, my images do not become more noisy on flickr, click on the duck shot to see and tell me what you think, thanks.

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    12-40
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    impressive poster shot JMaher. Love the exact focus on the eyes. I think I may have to swap my 75mm f1.8 back to the 12-40

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    lovely shot, just wondering when I look at the original file in flickr, the image seems rather noisy for ISO 200. Did you add noise grain to the image?
    Most likely it was caused by excessive post-processing on my side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    strange, my images do not become more noisy on flickr, click on the duck shot to see and tell me what you think, thanks.
    The duck does not, it scales beautifully. Lovely shot, by the way.

    According to your EXIF data, it's a very large original posted. That may have something to do with it. I typically post a maximum of 1200x1200 pixels now (up from my older standard web sizing ...)

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    The 75 1.8 is an excellent lens. However the 12-40 is also excellent and the focal range is more useful to me most of the time.

    Thanks for the positive comment.

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    thanks Godfrey. I am really enjoying my micro four thirds experience! Coming from Canon full frame and L series glass, the microfour thirds lens, are top notch, and the best part is how much lighter my camera kit is now!

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    One more to keep this thread moving along.

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    One more to keep this thread moving along.
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    Kind of odd...
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    Just tried with DXO Pro - really amazing detail plus superior colors

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    thanks Godfrey. I am really enjoying my micro four thirds experience! Coming from Canon full frame and L series glass, the microfour thirds lens, are top notch, and the best part is how much lighter my camera kit is now!
    :-)

    I have identical Think Tank Photo "Mirrorless Mover 30i" bags for my Sony A7 and Olympus E-M1.

    Fill the Sony bag with A7+Novoflex NEX/LER, Summilux-R 50/1.4, Elmarit-R 24/2.8, Summicron-R90/2, and Elmar-R 180/4 plus iPad mini (cable and power supply), four batteries, spare 32G card, and IR remote.

    Fill the Olympus bag with E-M1, Summilux-DG 25/1.4, Lumix 14/2.5 plus wide converter, Macro-Elmarit 45/2.8, M.Zuiko 75/1.8 plus iPad mini (cable and power supply), three batteries, spare 32G card, and cable remote.

    Sony bag is full, Olympus bag is 2/3 full. Sony bag weighs twice what Olympus bag weighs. (Approximately 7 lbs for the Sony, 4 lbs for the Olympus.)

    Quality of the photos between the two systems is about the same. There are differences in how they look for sure, but they're both superb performers in the field or on a tripod.

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    I have identical Think Tank Photo "Mirrorless Mover 30i" bags for ...

    Fill the Olympus bag with E-M1, Summilux-DG 25/1.4, Lumix 14/2.5 plus wide converter, Macro-Elmarit 45/2.8, M.Zuiko 75/1.8 plus iPad mini (cable and power supply), three batteries, spare 32G card, and cable remote.....

    Olympus bag is 2/3 full. ....

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    Godfrey - I have an ancient Think Tank Urban Disguise which is great for major trips as I can fit everything in from passports to bananas and convert it to a backpack when needed, but I'm looking for something smaller for 'everyday'.

    From your 2/3rds full description the 30i is in theory too big, but looking on TTP's website, the 20i appears too small to fit my EM-1 with 12-40 lens and hood fitted, 14-150 occasionally, and with the odd battery, mobile phone etc.

    There's no TTP stockists in my area to visit for a 'fitting'.
    Did you look at the 20i and if it's not too much trouble please could you post a picture of your 30i's interior with your EM-1 fitted with a 12-40 ish size lens with hood in it?

    Of course, all suggestions/recommendations form the great GetDPI collective would be very welcome .

    I claim that bag discussion is not Off Topic as a new bag will allow me to have 'Fun with my Olympus EM-1' .
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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

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    Godfrey - I have an ancient Think Tank Urban Disguise which is great for major trips as I can fit everything in from passports to bananas and convert it to a backpack when needed, but I'm looking for something smaller for 'everyday'.

    From your 2/3rds full description the 30i is in theory too big, but looking on TTP's website, the 20i appears too small to fit my EM-1 with 12-40 lens and hood fitted, 14-150 occasionally, and with the odd battery, mobile phone etc.

    There's no TTP stockists in my area to visit for a 'fitting'.
    Did you look at the 20i and if it's not too much trouble please could you post a picture of your 30i's interior with your EM-1 fitted with a 12-40 ish size lens with hood in it? ...
    You want the 30i ... the 20i is both much too small and a different design in terms of the bag opening and overflap. The 30i is not too large, it's the right size as far as I'm concerned.

    I pulled my 30i out of the closet and photographed it with the iPhone just as is at present.


    Contents currently include:
    (in main compartment)
    E-M1+75/1.8+hood
    Summilux-DG 25 + hood
    Macro-Elmarit-DG 45 + hood in lens bag
    Panasonic 14mm
    Panasonic wide converter for 14mm
    iPad mini

    (in front compartment)
    two spare batteries
    HLD-7 battery grip

    There's room for the iPad cable and power supply, Olympus cable remote, and spare memory cards in the front pocket still. The side pockets ... currently the stretchy one is empty, the other has the rain cover in it, which I usually don't carry. There's room on top of the camera and lenses in the main compartment for another small bag with a bunch of small accessories if needed (filters, etc.) I didn't take them out, but in the pocket on the overflap I have microfiber lens clothes and a small pack of kleenex tissues.

    I've also used this bag with a very different kit of lenses and the E-M1 body: fit each lens with an MMF-3, then the E-M1 + Olympus ZD 50-200, ZD 35 Macro, and ZD 11-22 works well, same accessories in the front pocket. (The camera can be fitted to either the 11-22 or 35 Macro when everything's in the bag; the 50-200 plus camera is too long to fit.)

    The whole thing is nicely compact and easy to carry, and good to work out of too.
    I had two different Urban Disguise bags (50 and 35 II, I think). They were great for hauling a lot of gear on a long trip but not great to shoot out of. The MM 30i performs both functions very nicely, unless you want to carry a laptop.

    If I want to carry a (13") laptop, I use a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air and then switch to a Tenba Messenger Mini (which will hold a LOT more camera gear as well as the laptop, and is also an excellent bag to work out of).

    (One of my other favorite bags ... the Artisan & Artist ACAM 1100 or very similar the Black Label Bag "Oskar's One Day Bag Mark II" ... works for a similar kit, but I find the shape better suited to RF-style cameras with their smooth, rectangular tops. SLR-style cameras with the viewfinder hump don't slide in and out as nicely.)

    And yes, getting the right means to carry the kit does mean much more "Fun with {whatever camera you prefer at the moment}." I'm glad I found the MM 30i, it's a very good bag for most of my shooting with either A7 or E-M1.

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    Interesting. I have the MM30i (but didn't know it was called that). I went into Keble and Schuhat with an armload of Olympus lenses and the new E-M1, and came out with that bag, which I still haven't completely filled.

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    Thank you Godfrey, most informative.
    Of course the size I need doesn't exist .... The MM25i

    BTW Are you alpha testing a new Black & Decker camera?
    Ian.

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