EM-1, long lens advice.

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Dave in Wales, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Are there any special 'hidden' camera setting for tack-sharp shooting when using the 75-300mm (600mm in FF).

    Apart from the obvious...high shutter speed, higher ISO, larger aperture, reduced DO and rock-solid mounting is there anything else lurking there?
  2. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Possibly 0 second anti-shock if you're worried about shutter shock (never noticed it myself, but it can't hurt....)
  3. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    The 0 sec. anti-shock will give sharper images at 1/320 sec. than 1/400, but for hand held shooting high shutter speeds are required. I only use mine if the subject is in bright sunlight.
  4. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    I would suggest the Panny 100-300 instead as it is faster. I used it for all wildlife until the 40-150 Pro and TC were released. The Panny 100-300 is hard to beat for quality vs cost.
  5. The 300mm F4 is in the pipeline :) 
  6. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    Correct and we are waiting on the 300 f4 to be released.. But for shooting today....I would pick the Panny 100-300 over the Oly 75-300 for wildlife and other distant subjects if you need to shoot at 300mm.

    The Panny was the only M43 long telephoto recommended for wildlife in DxO testing. I suspect that will change with the 300 f4 arrives.
  7. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    The 4/3 50-200 is excellent - beats the Pany 100-300 and Oly 75-300 in IQ by a decent margin (and it's faster). Less reach of course....
  8. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
  9. vm666

    vm666 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 19, 2013
    I've read somewhere (but where?) that OIS was more efficient than IBIS for long telephoto lenses. That's quite logical: when the focal length is longer, the sensor has to move more and more quickly to compensate the shaking.
    Maybe the Pana 100-300 OIS is better than the Oly IBIS... Anyway, as the OP has the Oly 75-300, and as this lens is a bit sharper than the Pana 100-300, I don't think he wants to change.

    AFAIK, controlling shake on a long telephoto is much harder than with a standard lens. i.e. one can take sharp pictures with a 50 mm FF at 1/15 or even 1/8s without stabilization; with a 500mm, do not go below 1/500s.
    So the recipe is high speed and if possible, a good tripod or at least a monopod.

    Moreover, stabilization tends to create an ugly bokeh with telephoto lenses. Another reason to shoot at high speed and with a stable support.
  10. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    The reach is close (280mm) to 300mm if you use an EC-14 or MC-14, or even greater (400mm) with an EC-20.

  11. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    It's recommended to disable IBIS when using a tripod.
    Maybe the IBIS 'auto' setting will figure it out?

  12. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    A few experiments I'd say. IBIS on or off? Putting an hand on the lens to stabilize it helps or hurts? Anti shock setting, self timer, remote shutter (you could try with a smartphone and the oly app).

    I'm not sure what you intend with "larger aperture" but for almost all long lenses on m43 the best aperture for sharpness is close to f8. Just try the whole apertures sequence and you should see the difference. If you don't then you have one less thing to worry about.

    I assume you are using a tripod or a monopod. I would add a tripod collar but with the 75-300 is not an easy option.

    You could try ISO low, should trade a little DR for less noise, and see if it does something.
  13. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
    i wish the focus throw ratio was shorter.... hard to lock perfect manual focus when the knob spins freely and is very sensitive... and its just a damn software update thats needed
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