Showcase Olympus M.Zuiko 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO

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I had a great opportunity to test this great lens last weekend.:dance3:

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Here are some images with the 150-400. I will post some more later
 

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thanks for the comments. I have not used Denoise on all images, I have been a bit lazy in that respect. I do use topaz Denoise and am also experimenting with dxo pl4. haven't decided yet which is better. but thanks for the suggestion. The attached image is ISO 5000.
 

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Excellent images. to my eye, the IQ is not materially different than the 300mm f4 pro. Obviously the reach is more flexible, but IQ looks the same. Do you have that lens and can you offer any comparative opinions?
 

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Loaned the 150-400mm Pro for a spin courtesy of the new distributor in Singapore.
Here's one with MC1.4, at 560mm, ISo320, 1/320s. Some post editing in Lightroom.
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100% top body shot. It's amazing how tidy their hair is
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100% bottom body shot
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Indeed Steve, I have 2000mm F11 shots as well, can also count the individual feathers, will post it later.
I looked at your Flickr and the most impressive about the combo with TC14 is that you aren't super close to the subject yet the details are super impressive. There is a clear degradation in IQ with MC20, but much better than what I expected. The pygmy duck photo with the lens with internal 1.25x TC is amazing!
Thanks for sharing these great images.
 

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How much post was done on these? Any SOOC results?
Just using Lightroom, no other external program.
Here's the SOOC using Olympus Workspace (from the RAW file), 0 sharpness, vivid color mode, noise filter = Off.
And just straight upload to here, rather than via Flickr, not sure if it's the best way though.
Will share one that's at 1000mm (2000mm equivalent) at F11 on a separate post.
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I looked at your Flickr and the most impressive about the combo with TC14 is that you aren't super close to the subject yet the details are super impressive. There is a clear degradation in IQ with MC20, but much better than what I expected. The pygmy duck photo with the lens with internal 1.25x TC is amazing!
Thanks for sharing these great images.
Thanks Narin, glad it is informative for you and yes, the duck was a great subject indeed, was glad that I managed to capture it, it's a migratory bird, so pretty rare locally too :cloud-9-039:

If you are keen, here's the album that I will upload progressively to, from thousands of shots made in past few days.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wonglp/albums/72157718315709867
 

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Here's the SOOC jpeg using Olympus Workspace (from the RAW file), 0 sharpness, vivid color mode, noise filter = Standard.
And just straight upload to here, rather than via Flickr, not sure if it's the best way though.
This was shot with MC20 and with TC1.25x activated, so a total whopping 1000mm (2000mm equivalent) at F11.
ISO400, 1/500s, F11. Mounted on my Leofoto tripod for better stability.
While the sharpness has dropped compared to the above shot that's at 560mm (F6.3), however, the details is still excellent
It was really difficult to have a fully sharp shot, i had many failed ones even with tripod due to some wind, and also sudden movements of the Bee eater.
This is Blue-Tailed Bee Eater if anyone is keen.

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Here's the SOOC jpeg using Olympus Workspace (from the RAW file), 0 sharpness, vivid color mode, noise filter = Standard.
And just straight upload to here, rather than via Flickr, not sure if it's the best way though.
This was shot with MC20 and with TC1.25x activated, so a total whopping 1000mm (2000mm equivalent) at F11.
ISO400, 1/500s, F11. Mounted on my Leofoto tripod for better stability.
While the sharpness has dropped compared to the above shot that's at 560mm (F6.3), however, the details is still excellent
It was really difficult to have a fully sharp shot, i had many failed ones even with tripod due to some wind, and also sudden movements of the Bee eater.
This is Blue-Tailed Bee Eater if anyone is keen.

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I think this would be a great lens when the light is good. Do you have any sample photos in which the subject occupies smaller part of the frame or where subject is greater than 30 ft away? I realized that that M.Zuiko glass struggles in both these conditions. I get much better performance from my trusty Zuiko 300mm F2.8.
 

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I think this would be a great lens when the light is good. Do you have any sample photos in which the subject occupies smaller part of the frame or where subject is greater than 30 ft away? I realized that that M.Zuiko glass struggles in both these conditions. I get much better performance from my trusty Zuiko 300mm F2.8.
I haven't handled any of the SHG lenses before, so can't really comment on this. The Bee eater is possibly in 30ft range (or more).

This was probably 100m? (300ft) away at full 1000m. Though it's much larger, the sharpness dropped but I suspect there's mild heat wave that was impacting the sharpness of the lens too, i am not 100% sure though.
 
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