Safari with an E-M1

Discussion in 'Nature' started by mattia, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I'm still in Tanzania, just off the back of a great 5 days in Manyara, Ngorogoro and of course Serengeti National Park. Will post more extensive thoughts and more pictures when I get back home in a week and a half or so.

    Gear thoughts:
    - the E-M1 coupled to the 43 50-200 SWD and 1.4x teleconverter is a perfect safari combo. Fast focus, sharp, and compact for the speed and angle of view you get.
    - assigning mysets to the front two buttons (shutter priority with and without tracking AF) works great to adjust for action.
    - AF is very good, only very occasionally hunts. Not as good as the native options but still near as good as the canon 100-400 I had with a 5DII I took to South Africa.
    - with near zero chimping and brief review of the day's shots, I managed 468 shots per battery (2 OEM, 2 DSTEs). The OEMs lasted a little longer (490-ish) but the difference wasn't huge.
    - didn't use the 12-40 at all. Occasionally shot the 7-14, and most landscape stuff was handled with aplomb by the a7r and 55/1.8 or 35/2.8. If the upcoming Zeiss ultrawide is good that will replace the 35 and the 12-40 for traveling with wildlife, I think.

    And now the big 5. Well, big 4 and a rhino that's basically a dot. Ahem.

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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Beautiful set, very well done! :2thumbs:
  3. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Awesome pictures! Did you update the EM-1? One improvement is faster auto focus with 4/3 lenses.
  4. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Thanks! The E-M1 is running the 1.4 firmware. Didn't really shoot the 50-200 enough prior to the update to notice any major differences.
  5. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    I think the Cape Buffalo was flirting with you.
  7. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    No .. She was taunting regarding MFT sensor size:tongue: she was saying please shoot me with a pro camera as I am a pro model :biggrin:
  8. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    He also got hit up by an A7r, so he can't complain. He got Zeiss and Oly High Grade pointed at him ;)