G9, v2.4 firmware, and hummingbirds!

Darmok N Jalad

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So I know a few questions have come up with the G9 and the 2.4 firmware update, and how AF has improved, specifically AFC. Well I was outside today and was fortunate enough to have a pair of hummingbirds feeding in some vines. A few things to note, it was rather breezy, so not only did the hummingbirds and plants have a fair amount of movement, so did I while handholding the G9 + PL100-400. ISO was set to auto, animal detect was on, and AFC was selected on the dial. That's it. As far as performance went, sometimes the G9 put a box around the bird, but quite often it did the AF-boxes, but stayed pretty much locked on to the hummingbird either way. There were a handful of times when it missed focus when bringing my eye to the EVF, but way more often than not, it acquired the bird and stayed locked onto it pretty well, provided I kept him in the FOV. On the times it did miss, I just bumped the AF-near and that cured it.

I took a little over 40 images, and I walked away with a lot of good ones, IMO (not sure on the total bounty, just yet). Most I found had the right focus, a handful were soft, and some were just not photos worth keeping due to poor angle on the bird. As you'll see in the sample shots, this was a very busy background, and the bird could blend in rather easily, but the G9 managed to find it with pretty high success, IMO. While I don't know how this would have faired with the previous firmware, I was extremely pleased with the outcome.

And now some results:
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t2490jh

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Very nice. Just did my 2. 4 update yesterday. My longest lens is the 20-200 Leica. So hope to repeat your success.
 

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