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I actually got bunch of bird pictures today, but it was getting too late, so just post this one first. The bald eagle was flying through branches, so I tried heavy 'dehaze' (+53), and got some interesting effect. The black wing lost plumage, but it made a little bit 'dreamy' look? :blush:
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This golden eagle flew off and went to sideway, which is rare. Maybe because I used e-shutter when the bird was perched, so the bird was not scared? I should try e-shutter more;)
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I had bad gas purchased the OMDem1X great deal trade and $500 off now I’m ready for the Olympus super zoom waiting for me to to Conawingo its an Eagle haven where water spills out of the damm great Eagle fishing spot
In the mean time I’m enjoying all of your BIF shots thanks
 

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I only can envy you :)

No eagles in my town, so I'm training my BIF skills on pigeons and other small birds ;-)

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Thanks :)

It has become my morning routine on the way to the office - to practice BIF for a while and I’m appreciating my EM1x more and more. There are probably better cameras in this area of photography, but not that much better and I see that skill matters a lot :) (what a surprise :) ).

I doubt my G9 woul be as confident as EM1x in this field. I have to test it though.
 

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Thanks :)

It has become my morning routine on the way to the office - to practice BIF for a while and I’m appreciating my EM1x more and more. There are probably better cameras in this area of photography, but not that much better and I see that skill matters a lot :) (what a surprise :) ).

I doubt my G9 woul be as confident as EM1x in this field. I have to test it though.
We have a bunch of pigeons the fly and perch on the building across the road at work .... but it's not a building i would ever point a camera at and take photos though:)
I really should take the camera into work and go for walks at lunch though...
 

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I have decided that too much biking and no walking does not make me any good.

So I'm making my walks to work more interesting - you never know what you come across :)
 

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Although I tend to specialise in cars and Motorsport.

Last weekend was spend away ... so I was able to experiment further ...

300mm f4, with MC14.
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Hope they are acceptable. - I do have one query is there any way of telling whether the inboard digital teleconverter has been used?

Robert
 

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Decided I needed to try and figure out the Olympus High Resolution mode as I never had much luck with it on the E-M1 Mark II. Having just gotten the RRS L-plate I had a go of it on the E-M1X with the old Air Force Resolution Chart.

So I read the High Resolution mode seems to favor a wide aperture verses stopping down. Imagining Resources website shows the Olympus 12-100mm f/4 Pro to be sharp at f/4 and 35mm and for a flat field too. So that was my target exposure for using f/4 too.

Did all on a tripod, even weighted it down which did not make that much improvement either. I set the intital HR trigger to 2 seconds so camera shake should be settled down. Also manually focused using peaking and left it there.

I exported the images using Workspace into TIFF files and then dropped them in the Topaz Sharpen AI software and set it to "Stabilize" which seems sharpest to me overall of the three selections it offers, although slow to convert.

The output of Topaz Sharpen AI seems to show the High Resolution RAW image to produce about 206 lpm verses 130 lpm in the normal RAW file output along with the HR file made. Can't see it well in the JPG below on here, but the larger TIF it shows a lot more of the chart's group sharpness info.

One of my prior mistakes was stopping the lens down to maybe f/11 or f/16 outdoors which isn't in the Olympus playbook.

Just an fwiw post.

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After weighing long and hard about the pros and cons of the E-M1X, I broke down and bought one, using the trade-in event. That finally put the price down to where I felt it should be, and after taking in more positive reviews and user experiences over time, I felt it was worth doing. I have been harboring a few lingering concerns that are important to me and whether I continue to invest in my Olympus system...

Will we get bird or people AI subject tracking at some point? How will the 150-400mm Pro turn out? Will Olympus µ4/3 hang around long enough to see a major innovation in its sensor technology? Should I have tacos for dinner?​

But even if the answers to those questions come out badly, I still wouldn't stop using my Olympus system. It might mean down the road I buy a second system to make up for the hurdles Olympus hadn't been able to overcome, but I don't like working two systems, and could just as easily continue with what I have. I looked hard at a Sony A9 kit, and that as much as anything else made me realize that for my shooting genres and preferences, µ4/3 still offers the most flexibility and best portability-to-IQ compromise for a hobbyist like myself. In comparison, while I think the A9 / A7RIII combo might be the best thing going right now -- the size, weight and price of the full frame gear I was considering wasn't justifiable for me. I probably need to rent the A9 at some point, just to satisfy my curiosity.

Part of my early dismay with the E-M1X release was that in a Finland trip at the beginning of the year (the same time the E-M1X was coming out), I
wasn't overly happy with the IQ of many of the E-M1 MkII wildlife images I walked away with. Thinking that the E-M1X wouldn't have done any better made me feel that the system wasn't progressing in the way I wanted it to. But in retrospect, there were many positive results from my trip as well; and the disappointing images were more because the lighting was challenging at times, but more importantly because I had been out of practice with wildlife photography for a few years now. (There are surprisingly few birds where I am living right now in Germany, but I regret not finding the time to practice beforehand with the local birds, boring as they are.) I can point to some personal mistakes in technique and gear choice, as well as some aspects of the shooting situation that were preventing me from using my kit in an optimal way. So lately I have been thinking hard about how to hone specific skills and set my kit up in a way that would rectify those issues and yield better results. I ended up even more excited about bird photography with my Olympus gear, and I am glad that I didn't let a temporary despondency lead me to do anything rash.

The E-M1X with its current feature set admittedly isn't necessary to my ambitions, but its improved AF algorithms and target settings will help. This new body will retire my old E-M1, leaving me with an E-M1 MkII and E-M1X -- both of which I will use extensively but for very different purposes. I intend to set up the E-M1X Custom Modes primarily for various wildlife scenarios, and have a pretty comprehensive setup in mind -- both in terms of settings and employing accessories. I am planning a number of birding trips within the next year to see if my new plans all come together.
 
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After weighing long and hard about the pros and cons of the E-M1X, I broke down and bought one, using the trade-in event. That finally put the price down to where I felt it should be, and after taking in more positive reviews and user experiences over time, I felt it was worth doing. I have been harboring a few lingering concerns that are important to me and whether I continue to invest in my Olympus system...

Will we get bird or people AI subject tracking at some point? How will the 150-400mm Pro turn out? Will Olympus µ4/3 hang around long enough to see a major innovation in its sensor technology? Should I have tacos for dinner?​

But even if the answers to those questions come out badly, I still wouldn't stop using my Olympus system. It might mean down the road I buy a second system to make up for the hurdles Olympus hadn't been able to overcome, but I don't like working two systems, and could just as easily continue with what I have. I looked hard at a Sony A9 kit, and that as much as anything else made me realize that for my shooting genres and preferences, µ4/3 still offers the most flexibility and best portability-to-IQ compromise for a hobbyist like myself. In comparison, while I think the A9 / A7RIII combo might be the best thing going right now -- the size, weight and price of the full frame gear I was considering wasn't justifiable for me. I probably need to rent the A9 at some point, just to satisfy my curiosity.

Part of my early dismay with the E-M1X release was that in a Finland trip at the beginning of the year (the same time the E-M1X was coming out), I
wasn't overly happy with the IQ of many of the E-M1 MkII wildlife images I walked away with. Thinking that the E-M1X wouldn't have done any better made me feel that the system wasn't progressing in the way I wanted it to. But in retrospect, there were many positive results from my trip as well; and the disappointing images were more because the lighting was challenging at times, but more importantly because I had been out of practice with wildlife photography for a few years now. (There are surprisingly few birds where I am living right now in Germany, but I regret not finding the time to practice beforehand with the local birds, boring as they are.) I can point to some personal mistakes in technique and gear choice, as well as some aspects of the shooting situation that were preventing me from using my kit in an optimal way. So lately I have been thinking hard about how to hone specific skills and set my kit up in a way that would rectify those issues and yield better results. I ended up even more excited about bird photography with my Olympus gear, and I am glad that I didn't let a temporary despondency lead me to do anything rash.

The E-M1X with its current feature set admittedly isn't necessary to my ambitions, but its improved AF algorithms and target settings will help. This new body will retire my old E-M1, leaving me with an E-M1 MkII and E-M1X -- both of which I will use extensively but for very different purposes. I intend to set up the E-M1X Custom Modes primarily for various wildlife scenarios, and have a pretty comprehensive setup in mind -- both in terms of settings and employing accessories. I am planning a number of birding trips within the next year to see if my new plans all come together.
Hi Loren,
I'm sure you will enjoy your EM1X, and it will be really interesting to get your thoughts a few weeks into using it.
this thread whilst not bird related does provide a really interesting back to back view between the A9 and 1X Em1x and A9 Grandkid Soccer shooting today: Olympus SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Cheers
 

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After weighing long and hard about the pros and cons of the E-M1X, I broke down and bought one, using the trade-in event. That finally put the price down to where I felt it should be, and after taking in more positive reviews and user experiences over time, I felt it was worth doing. I have been harboring a few lingering concerns that are important to me and whether I continue to invest in my Olympus system...

Will we get bird or people AI subject tracking at some point? How will the 150-400mm Pro turn out? Will Olympus µ4/3 hang around long enough to see a major innovation in its sensor technology? Should I have tacos for dinner?​

But even if the answers to those questions come out badly, I still wouldn't stop using my Olympus system. It might mean down the road I buy a second system to make up for the hurdles Olympus hadn't been able to overcome, but I don't like working two systems, and could just as easily continue with what I have. I looked hard at a Sony A9 kit, and that as much as anything else made me realize that for my shooting genres and preferences, µ4/3 still offers the most flexibility and best portability-to-IQ compromise for a hobbyist like myself. In comparison, while I think the A9 / A7RIII combo might be the best thing going right now -- the size, weight and price of the full frame gear I was considering wasn't justifiable for me. I probably need to rent the A9 at some point, just to satisfy my curiosity.

Part of my early dismay with the E-M1X release was that in a Finland trip at the beginning of the year (the same time the E-M1X was coming out), I
wasn't overly happy with the IQ of many of the E-M1 MkII wildlife images I walked away with. Thinking that the E-M1X wouldn't have done any better made me feel that the system wasn't progressing in the way I wanted it to. But in retrospect, there were many positive results from my trip as well; and the disappointing images were more because the lighting was challenging at times, but more importantly because I had been out of practice with wildlife photography for a few years now. (There are surprisingly few birds where I am living right now in Germany, but I regret not finding the time to practice beforehand with the local birds, boring as they are.) I can point to some personal mistakes in technique and gear choice, as well as some aspects of the shooting situation that were preventing me from using my kit in an optimal way. So lately I have been thinking hard about how to hone specific skills and set my kit up in a way that would rectify those issues and yield better results. I ended up even more excited about bird photography with my Olympus gear, and I am glad that I didn't let a temporary despondency lead me to do anything rash.

The E-M1X with its current feature set admittedly isn't necessary to my ambitions, but its improved AF algorithms and target settings will help. This new body will retire my old E-M1, leaving me with an E-M1 MkII and E-M1X -- both of which I will use extensively but for very different purposes. I intend to set up the E-M1X Custom Modes primarily for various wildlife scenarios, and have a pretty comprehensive setup in mind -- both in terms of settings and employing accessories. I am planning a number of birding trips within the next year to see if my new plans all come together.
Hi Loren - I considered the same models you mentioned, and I stuck with Olympus. I won't be getting an EM1X; I am getting another EM1 MKII. I considered the same models; but the A9 couldn't provide the reach at a decent pixel count, and the A7RIII does not have the AF improvements that the A9 does.

I also was disappointed with the AF performance but noticed a marked improvement when I spent many hours focusing on BIF, settings and camera performance. The kicker - I was shooting in below freezing temperatures and never questioned anything; the weather sealing and operating spectrum the Olympus is designed to work in is better than the Sony or Nikon. Following specs; I wouldn't have gotten any shots with the Sony or Nikon.

I also would not part with my gear, so why get something to replace what you're not going to let go? I really don't want to have multiple systems.

I don't just shoot BIF's, and the Olympus with it's current glass and IBIS is hard to beat. Hand held shots at 820 mm at 1/250 shutter speed all day long are like a point and shoot for my system.

Sometimes we take things for granted and yearn for something better instead of appreciating what we have. From listening to reviews, I am confident that my proposed addition would not have provided what I was hoping for. The weather sealing, the glass, the technology, the size, the IBIS, the price-point, the package as a whole; these are hard to beat. I hope you enjoy your EM1X - I am getting another EM1 MK II. Looks like we'll both be around for a while. Congratulations on your new kit!
 
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Hi Loren - I considered the same models you mentioned, and I stuck with Olympus. I won't be getting an EM1X; I am getting another EM1 MKII. I considered the same models; but the A9 couldn't provide the reach at a decent pixel count, and the A7RIII does not have the AF improvements that the A9 does.

I also was disappointed with the AF performance but noticed a marked improvement when I spent many hours focusing on BIF, settings and camera performance. The kicker - I was shooting in below freezing temperatures and never questioned anything; the weather sealing and operating spectrum the Olympus is designed to work in is better than the Sony or Nikon. Following specs; I wouldn't have gotten any shots with the Sony or Nikon.

I also would not part with my gear, so why get something to replace what you're not going to let go? I really don't want to have multiple systems.

I don't just shoot BIF's, and the Olympus with it's current glass and IBIS is hard to beat. Hand held shots at 820 mm at 1/250 shutter speed all day long are like a point and shoot for my system.

Sometimes we take things for granted and yearn for something better instead of appreciating what we have. From listening to reviews, I am confident that my proposed addition would not have provided what I was hoping for. The weather sealing, the glass, the technology, the size, the IBIS, the price-point, the package as a whole; these are hard to beat. I hope you enjoy your EM1X - I am getting another EM1 MK II. Looks like we'll both be around for a while. Congratulations on your new kit!
Thanks Jonny, I agree with all your points.

In the Lapland winter, the E-M1 MkII held up well, whereas a colleague with an A7RIII was having some difficulty. My wife's original E-M1 was also struggling in the cold. The size of my gear, Pro Capture and IBIS were major advantages over my colleagues. I think my issue with the E-M1 MkII might have had more to do with the ISO performance than the autofocus, as well as the resolution of the 40-150mm Pro with the MC-14 teleconverter. I was able to get nice images of perched birds (especially with the 300mm Pro), it was the action shots that hurt. If I had been skilled enough to track the birds with the 300mm Pro, or been able to use my red dot site (I couldn't because I was shooting through a tarp), I think the camera's autofocus hit rate was acceptable but not remarkable. That said, it could be possible that some of the loss of resolution was due to being slightly off-focus. More likely, though, it was a combination of the dim light of Lapland winter (beautiful for landscape, tough for birding) making me raise ISO and limiting my ability to expose to the right, plus the degradation of the lens resolution from the teleconverter with the 40-150mm (which I switched to for BIF tracking). A flash would have helped, but both the tarp and shooting with others prevented that.

I shoot mostly travel, wildlife, landscape, macro and food, and am trying to get into portraiture. Heck, I'd get into astro if I wasn't so sleepy. But wildlife is my favorite. Both cameras will be set up to cover specific roles. I certainly won't be neglecting the E-M1 MkII.
 

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More likely, though, it was a combination of the dim light of Lapland winter (beautiful for landscape, tough for birding) making me raise ISO and limiting my ability to expose to the right, plus the degradation of the lens resolution from the teleconverter with the 40-150mm (which I switched to for BIF tracking)..
I use the 300mm f/4 as my BIF lens. I also use the 1.4 tc. People may argue that the f/4 to f/5.6 is negligible; but when you're walking the line between acceptable and poor ISO, it matters. I evaluate the situation and use the TC when light permits. I have noticed NO issues with the TC since I used Lens Align to calibrate the lens/ TC combo. The degradation of the resolution could be a focus issue. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference calibration has meant. I have no degradation issue at all and may add the 2x TC to my kit.
 
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I use the 300mm f/4 as my BIF lens. I also use the 1.4 tc. People may argue that the f/4 to f/5.6 is negligible; but when you're walking the line between acceptable and poor ISO, it matters. I evaluate the situation and use the TC when light permits. I have noticed NO issues with the TC since I used Lens Align to calibrate the lens/ TC combo. The degradation of the resolution could be a focus issue. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference calibration has meant. I have no degradation issue at all and may add the 2x TC to my kit.
I hear you. I have Lens Align, and have tried calibration using @Phocal's very helpful post on the subject. But I still have some things to figure out about it. It's on my extensive list of plans. I'll probably do once I have a sunny weekend with the E-M1X.

I would still use the TC with the 300m Pro,
but probably not the 40-150mm. Maybe calibration would change my mind there, too.
 

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Fwiw, I just noticed on the B&H Photo website that they plan to sell the extra two-year extension for the E-M1X by Olympus for $179.99.

OlympusWarranty Extension : 2-Year : OM-D E-M1X

Some early adopter's got it for free. The $179 seems cheap insurance given I paid $140 for them just to update the firmware in a lens before I bought a Pen-F to do it myself (... and the ensuing Olympus system GAS attack. :eek-31: ). It seems so cheap that Olympus must have a good feeling the thing is almost indestructible.
 

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From the weekend at the Skatepark with the 75mm f71.8. All from longer C-AF sequences. My hitrate was 100%, no joke.

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From the weekend at the Skatepark with the 75mm f71.8. All from longer C-AF sequences. My hitrate was 100%, no joke.

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I've found the 75 1.8 to be one of the best autofocusing lenses, in terms of hitrate, on both the E-M1ii and E-M1X. I always seem to get much better results than, say, the 40-150 @ 75mm despite some claims online that the 75 1.8 has slower AF.
 
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