E-M5 and Oly 75-300 test on PEOPLE [lots of images]

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by phdezra, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. phdezra

    phdezra Mu-43 Stalker Subscribing Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    New York, NY
    Hi all. I've been TRYING to borrow someone's Oly 75-300, and finally got a copy. Specifically, I will use this lens on my family (esp kids) so while I found many shots of birding, wildlife, etc. on the web, I wanted to compare several shots at 75mm, 150mm and 300mm from same angle on people, to see detailed info as to whether or not skin, eyes, etc. gets too blurry/soft/not sharp enough details.

    Ergo, I took my camera and lens at lunchtime to the park as soon as I got the lens. Below are a few of the shots. You are welcome to see full set at Flickr with more images as well as Hi Res images of all these: E-M5 and Oly 75-300 sample - a set on Flickr It was a HOT day in NYC!

    ALL shots were handheld, which is damn hard in the 95 degree sun at 300mm amidst NYC humidity. P mode at 'Natural' film setting.

    My net conclusion was that the lens is sharp enough for my purposes, focused extremely fast and has good glass. However, the images in bright light were best, but NOT in harsh direct sunlight.


    @ 150mm

    @ 300mm

    @ 75mm (you gottta admire people willing to strip down on lunch hour for a tan)

    @ 150mm

    @ 300mm

    @ 75mm Lonely girl

    @ 150mm

    @300mm One of my favorites of the day; detailed Hi Res picked up the sweat under her left eye!

    @ 75 mm

    @ 300 mm (I had not the time to focus on her face, so I lcicked middle of her body. Quite sharp, but face is not in focus... in case you care; but you can still see what color her earbuds are. Go to Flickr and see Original of this shot at 4608 x 3072; the detail is staggering)

    @ 75 mm

    @ 150 mm

    @ 300 mm

    @ 75mm

    @ 300mm (meh; my focus error... but the detail in Original lets you see little neck hairs. Impressed.)
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  2. hamadiscool

    hamadiscool Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
  3. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2012
    I wish I had more $$$
  4. MikeB

    MikeB Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    That's a lot of detail. Thanks for the comparison. I've been contemplating the 75-300 for myself, now I like it better.

    I can see the first girl has the same model iphone cover as I do, from the texture on the back, and that's a pretty subtle thing to capture.
  5. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    OMG ....I have to be careful before stripping myself for tan during lunch hour .U never know as someone may be stalking you ..lol
    Beautiful set of images but doesn't this raise a legal issue of intruding into someone's privacy ?. I have no clue how things work in USA but I think people might object if they find their seminude images on net after stripping for a tan ..lol.
  6. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Ummmm, yes please
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  7. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I got this tanned complexion only during lunch hours ..lol
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  8. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Definitely my preference over the Lumix 100-300...
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  9. phdezra

    phdezra Mu-43 Stalker Subscribing Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    New York, NY
    Yes, indeed. :cool:

    Well, not really. I was simply testing the lens, and the truth is that NYC has so many interesting people that I could not resist. My main use for this lens will eb family events, performances, etc. but that will not prevent me from firing off a few rounds on interesting strangers.
  10. phdezra

    phdezra Mu-43 Stalker Subscribing Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    New York, NY
    Maybe, dunno. I know this has been the subject of debate in other posts, and the general consensus has been that it's OK in US if someone is in public places, but not in countries such as Germany, etc. I'm sure it's not so clear-cut, but if you are going to strip to a bikini during lunchtime in NYC in a public park, the "privacy" bit is going out the window anyway...:flypig:
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  11. kevitra

    kevitra Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 26, 2012
    In the US if you are in a public place you can photograph anyone. They can get mad and yell at you but legally there is nothing they can do to you.

    OP: those are some amazingly clear photos. You should head to a beach... :)
  12. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Legal yes..though I might find it a bit creepy if someone were taking photos of me from that far away through an extreme telephoto.
  13. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I might get a telezoom which has a range from Aus to NYT...
  14. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    So would you say overall it was easy enough to use hand held? Would you consider getting one?
  15. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    Don't speak too loud, you could become a criminal for doing street photography.
  16. phdezra

    phdezra Mu-43 Stalker Subscribing Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    New York, NY
    Thanks - but as you can see in NYC, I have no need to go to a beach. :rofl:
  17. phdezra

    phdezra Mu-43 Stalker Subscribing Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    New York, NY
    Yes and yes.

    From my naive tests, and for use with the E-M5, I found it sharper than the 100-300. Also found it to be faster autofocus.
  18. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2010
    Winston Salem, NC
    One thing, it is a public place. Secondly, I have a feeling the stripped girl loves to be admired by as many people as possible. The OP made her wish came true.
    Btw: nice, detailed pictured.
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  19. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Based upon what :confused:
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  20. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    No comments ..