EM1 firmware 3.0 breathes new life into 75-300 lens!

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by gryphon1911, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    I was out shooting 2 weekends ago and brought the EM5 and Oly 75-300/4.8-6.7 with me. Optically, I feel this lens is a fine performer, giving nice micro contrast and an incredible reach for the price point.

    I was a little disheartened, though as I was reminded why I don't use it very often, and that is the number of misfocus shoots between 200-300mm.

    All images were taken using S-AF focus mode.

    1/2500, f/6, ISO 640 @ 178mm

    I was contemplating selling it and putting that money toward funding the new Oly 300/4 slayed to come out this year.

    It then dawned on me that I had not use it on the EM1 yet with the new firmware 3.0 on it. So this last weekend, brought it or and decide to see if it makes and difference.

    Night and day!!

    1/800, f/5.9, ISO 200 @ 171mm

    I use to get a frustratingly large amount of misfocus with this lens, but with the update, I got maybe 1 or 2 the whole time shooting with it.

    1/2000, f/7.1, ISO 640 @ 300mm

    On the EM5, I would have to prefocus on something closer to where the focus plain would be and wait for birds to come into the scene. Now, I can focus right on subject and shoot more efficiently.

    1/2000, f/7.1, ISO 800 @ 300mm

    This definitely will save me some money, as I will not be clamoring for the 300/4 as soon as I thought.

    So much more of a joy to use now.

    1/2000, f/7.1, ISO 1000 @ 300mm

    1/320, f/6.7, ISO 400 @ 300MM
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2015
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  2. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    I like them, thanks for posting.

    I have the 75-300, tell me, do you use any form of camera support....monopod etc.
  3. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    For the images that you see in the post above, no - they were all hand held.

    I do occasionally use a monopod and a tripod, but as good as the IBIS is and years of practice hand holding a DSLR kit, I find I don't need external support as much as you would think.
  4. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 26, 2014
    What focus mode were you using - S-AF?
  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Yes. Found S-AF was sufficient for these use cases. I will be trying the C-AF mode sometime when time/subject matter permits.
  6. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 26, 2014

    I think part of your success is also down to using a sufficiently fast shutter speed. I always start with 1/1000 when putting on the 75-300. I can see the need for even faster in some cases, and I see you have been using 1/2500.
  7. DL Photo

    DL Photo Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 15, 2012
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    Agree with growltiger. Some photogs seem to forget the shutter speed rule when using longer lenses. Even though the ibis is outstanding, some rules still need to apply. The OP seems to have a full understanding of that rule.

    My brother picked up the 75-300 at the same time that the new firmware was released. Yes, quite impressed with the results with that combination.

    By the way, very nice pictures Andrew.
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  8. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA

    I agree, you really need to shoot long lenses a different way than the short ones.
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