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  1. denniscloutier

    Why the EM1X makes perfect sense

    Actually stabilization makes a long lens easier to aim. At least in my hands the 300mm lens shakes enough that it's hard to place the focus box until I engage the stabilization.
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    Your Top 5 Wildlife Images of 2018

    We moved house this year and it was kind of a write off for photography for most of the year. So most of my favourites are from a single 5 day trip. Hummingbird, St. Lucia in the Caribbean, EM1 II, 300 mm f4 I love the spiderwebs in the nest and the pollen on her feathers. Bald Eagle...
  3. denniscloutier

    Dodging & Burning with Livetime

    Very cool. A technique that is old school and high tech at the same time. You mentioned brightening areas by stacking. I think I might understand what you're talking about but could you explain this a bit? Thanks, Dennis
  4. denniscloutier

    At What Price Would You Buy An E-M1X ?

    Wow, the Canadians got it first. That's unusual. Or, were you referring to spring? :biggrin:
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    At What Price Would You Buy An E-M1X ?

    Wow. The Olympus events in Vancouver aren't till the end of February. You guys back east get everything first, except spring:biggrin:.
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    At What Price Would You Buy An E-M1X ?

    This forum used to be a pretty polite place. It's sad that we're now seeing this kind of nonsense. I've pre-ordered this camera. I am not a "fan boy". I like having a grip because I shoot long heavy lenses. I like having an extra battery because I shoot wildlife and I'd prefer not to have...
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    At What Price Would You Buy An E-M1X ?

    I wonder what percentage of Canon buyers are buying a 1Dx. I suspect it probably isn't too far from the 7% or so that are interested in the 1x in this survey. I see a lot of Canons in the wild and very few of them are 1Dxs. So maybe the 1x is appealing to the people it needs to appeal to.
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    Robin Wong - E-M1X Test Results and Showcasing Features

    Ok, so the camera sucks for sports but it's ok for wildlife?
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    Robin Wong - E-M1X Test Results and Showcasing Features

    I have been shooting wildlife using 4/3 since the em-5 mk i came out. I usually use the 300mm f2.8 or 300mm f4 (between my wife and I we have both) or occasionally the 40-150 f2.8. I can't think of a single instance where I wanted less depth of field. I suppose it's theoretically possible...
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    Robin Wong - E-M1X Test Results and Showcasing Features

    Fro actually criticized m43 for limited subject separation in sports photography??? I don't know sports but for wildlife photography the increased depth of field is a huge advantage. Shooting subjects like bears the challenge is usually to get the whole animal in focus. Blurring out the...
  11. denniscloutier

    Diving in Palau and Peleliu

    Yeah, I stink at landscape/wide angle, both above and below the water. I can compose an image if I have a strong subject like a fish or a bear, but when I have a reef or something I'm at a loss.
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    Diving in Palau and Peleliu

    So this has inspired us to look into going back to Palau. Our travel agent is suggesting a week in Koror diving with Sam's and a week at Dolphin Bay on Pelileu. Would you do this if you were doing it again? Any thoughts?
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    Diving in Palau and Peleliu

    We had some mechanical problems with the launch which curtailed our diving quite a bit. Obviously just bad luck, but the problem with a live aboard is if they have a problem there is nowhere else to go, you're stuck with it. As a result we decided we'd stick with land based whenever that is an...
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    Diving in Palau and Peleliu

    Peleliu sounds great. We dove from the Aggressor live aboard years ago and I don't think we'd want to go that route again. Who did you dive with in Peleliu and would you recommend them?
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    For the dog lovers

    Looks like he had a pretty good run.
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    Using EM1 II to photograph birds of prey in flight

    I don't think I'm an expert, but, for what it's worth, I use a shutter speed of at least 1/1800, CAF+TR, 5 point centre cross focus point. Lately I have been getting good results with the electronic shutter at the low frame rate as the viewfinder seems to work better for tracking with those...
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    For the dog lovers

    Getting down to basset level. Your knees must be better than mine :-)
  18. denniscloutier

    Underwater Critters of Anilao Philippines - Image Heavy

    It's like any other type of photography. You can take good pictures with a cheap camera, but when you start wanting more control and more options to do different things, then things get expensive. Underwater that rule is x3 ;-)
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    Underwater Critters of Anilao Philippines - Image Heavy

    I own a diopter but almost never use it. The focusing distance for the 45 is very close and so I do think the 60 is a better lens for underwater work. I bought the 45 before the 60 came out and I don't want to spend the money on a new lens and port or I'd switch. My wife uses the 60 on her...
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    Underwater Critters of Anilao Philippines - Image Heavy

    Yeah, but strobe flooding isn't nearly as expensive. We've flooded two strobes and both were ok, although the batteries were toast. Flooding a housing though... I get a kick out of people complaining about the cost of camera bodies and lenses though. Aint nothing on the cost of housings...
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    Underwater Critters of Anilao Philippines - Image Heavy

    I use two strobes mounted on arms. You can get by with one but I think you should mount it off camera to reduce backscatter.
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    Underwater Critters of Anilao Philippines - Image Heavy

    Thanks, it really is. The amazing thing is that many of these colours are not visible until you shine a white light or strobe on the subject. Light is filtered out by the water with the longer wavelengths falling off first, so at 30' most of the reds are gone and the other colours start to...
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    Underwater Critters of Anilao Philippines - Image Heavy

    I recently got back from a diving trip to Anilao in the Philippines. We don't see much underwater photography on this forum, so I thought I'd share these. All are shot with an EM-5 mk 1 and Panny 45mm macro lens in a Nauticam housing. Fish hiding in coral. This one actually won the informal...
  24. denniscloutier

    For the dog lovers

    Who says you don't need 10 fps.
  25. denniscloutier

    Electronic Shutter on E-M1ii - good enough for nearly all my shooting

    I've seen the e-shutter become an issue when panning past a distant background with a 300mm lens. I ended up with some very weird looking buildings on the far side of an inlet when tracking some geese in flight. Aside from that I haven't noticed any distortion in what I shoot.
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    MU-43 Monthly Photo Contest for March 2017 - Animal Antics

    This is a goby photo I took on my recent diving trip to the Philippines. He is about 1 1/2 inches long. Photo taken March 16. He's not doing anything unusual, but I love the expression. Taken at close to 1:1 with the Panasonic 45mm macro lens and an EM-5 mk 1 in a Nauticam housing.
  27. denniscloutier

    For the dog lovers

    A memory of last summer to get me through another snowfall.
  28. denniscloutier

    Firmware 1.1 released for E-M1 II

    I have seen issues with weird colour streaking on some images on one specific Lexar card. Hopefully that is just some glitch in how the raw files are recorded to the card and this firmware fixes it. I'll try it and see when I get the chance.
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    For the dog lovers

    Nice to see both dogs playing with the pup now.
  30. denniscloutier

    Lens Advice on Denali Alaska Vancouver trip?

    If you're looking for wildlife a long lens will definitely be worthwhile. If you are coming in winter then you may not have much light. It is usually cloudy on Vancouver Island in winter, so a fast lens would help.
  31. denniscloutier

    Mountain gorilla and volcano adventure in DR Congo - E-M1mkII

    The profile shot of the gorilla is excellent.
  32. denniscloutier

    EIF (Eagles in Flight) - Image Heavy

    Thanks all. The eagles spend most of their time standing around, but there are so many eagles that there are lots of opportunities for flight shots. I was at a park near the local dump and composting facility, which, unfortunately, is a winter food source so there are hundreds of eagles...
  33. denniscloutier

    EIF (Eagles in Flight) - Image Heavy

    Out playing around with the new EM1-II again. This time with Olympus 300mm f2.8 & 1.4 TC. We have had a hard winter, by our standards, and as a result we have a larger than normal number of Bald Eagles come down to the coast for the winter. I went out looking for flight shots. This...
  34. denniscloutier

    Is It Just Me, Or Is The Forum Really Slow To Load Lately?

    I'd say it's been slow over the last couple of weeks or so. It isn't just the first load either. It's also pretty slow if I click on a thread link.
  35. denniscloutier

    Is It Just Me, Or Is The Forum Really Slow To Load Lately?

    It seems like the skeleton of the page loads quickly, and then I wait for the banner ad before the notifications etc., loads.
  36. denniscloutier

    Aperture bracketing?

    The EM1 Mk II has an aperture bracketing mode.
  37. denniscloutier

    Electronic shutter and BIF's

    I don't know. But with fast moving subjects the higher frame rate might give you that perfect moment you don't get otherwise. I appreciate it with things like birds taking off etc. But if you don't see value in the higher frame rate for your subjects then you're probably better off sticking...
  38. denniscloutier

    Electronic shutter and BIF's

    16 fps vs 10 for the EM1 MkII.
  39. denniscloutier

    Electronic shutter and BIF's

    I have a couple of examples of distorted backgrounds when panning quickly with the EM1 Mk II. But I've only seen it with fairly distant backgrounds and rapid panning with long lenses. I've also seen some distortion on rapidly moving subjects that fill most of the frame. It generally works...
  40. denniscloutier

    My 1st Week With EM1 II - GIFs, BIFs Etc. - Image Heavy

    I haven't used it before and wanted to try it out. The higher frame rate seems useful for wildlife. I have noticed some distortion in backgrounds while panning though.
  41. denniscloutier

    My 1st Week With EM1 II - GIFs, BIFs Etc. - Image Heavy

    Thanks for your kind comments, and for the feature!
  42. denniscloutier

    For the dog lovers

    Air Doofus:
  43. denniscloutier

    New to Olympus EM1 mkII : some questions

    It is. I find it works pretty well. I use my thumb to move the focus point on the touch screen while my eye is at the evf.
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    My 1st Week With EM1 II - GIFs, BIFs Etc. - Image Heavy

    The CAF settings are default. I'm using the 5 point cross for shooting against a cluttered background and all points for shooting against the sky. Low speed electronic shutter. I haven't changed the settings for the tracking.
  45. denniscloutier

    My 1st Week With EM1 II - GIFs, BIFs Etc. - Image Heavy

    Thanks. I've never gotten the chance to use the f4 so I can't compare, but the f2.8 is awfully nice. Although it weighs as much as a Volkswagen Beetle, so it does have it's down side :-)
  46. denniscloutier

    E-M1 II and 4/3 lenses — very promising first impressions.

    For those asking for pictures, I just posted a separate thread with some images ("My first week with the EM1 II"). All but one were taken with the 300mm f2.8
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    My 1st Week With EM1 II - GIFs, BIFs Etc. - Image Heavy

    People have been asking for pics from the new camera. I wanted to post a fair number so I didn't want to clutter up any of the existing threads. All of these images have been adjusted in Lightroom and most cropped lightly for composition. All of the bird pictures were shot with the 300 mm...
  48. denniscloutier

    E-M1 II and 4/3 lenses — very promising first impressions.

    I have the non-SWD version of the 50-200 and I'm planning on testing it out as soon as I get the chance. I'll post something here once I have. I'm hoping it works well, because I'm planning on selling this lens so I'd like to be able to say it works on the mk II :-)
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