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Birding with the 75mm f/1.8 is doable.

I've been wondering if the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 was sharper than the 300 f/4 Pro given all the online sites that say it is their sharpest.

Decided to go birding with it and see how the feather detail comes out. To get close enough, I decided to use the Olympus Ol Share app on the iPad and connect to the camera's Wi-Fi. That way I could be 25 feet away and get the camera behind a bush about 4 feet from their feeding stump. Does take a bit of anticipation for the delay on focusing and hitting the shutter to transmit to the camera from the iPad - maybe a second or two.

I also stuffed the big Godox AD600 Pro flash with a parabolic reflector behind the bush for a screen, also 4 feet to the side (A Godox trigger was on camera's shoe.).

I wanted the background a bit darker so I dropped the ISO to L100 instead of recommend ISO 200 as I wanted no ND filters to be used. I wanted the lens around f/7.1 to keep the background soft, but still some DOF. Given all that, I had to fiddle with the light meter and move into HSS mode for a 1/1250 shutter speed - and the Sekonic L-858 with the Godox trigger helped work that out. So the camera's speed became 1/1250 with a flash duration of 1/1491 at 1/4 flash power on the AD600. The sonic flash "Boom!" at that lower power isn't as disturbing to the birds as much as the full power "Boom!" that it can make.

Result is below of one that landed and kicked up the seed. Two catchlights: Smaller being the sun, and the larger the Godox flash with the Phottix long-throw parabolic reflector. No sharpening was applied so the 75mm is indeed sharp, and maybe more than the 300mm f/4 that takes a bit of sharpening at times. The 75mm doesn't need it.

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Went to the Great Lakes National Cemetery today to visit Dad's grave. I thought about taking the G9 and 100-400, then I thought: "Why on earth would I need that at a cemetery?" The GX9 won because it had the 12-60 attached. Also in the bag was the Tamron Adaptall II 60-300. These were made with the Tamron at full extension and wide open aperture. Light was low and the peaking sparkles were almost impossible to see. Turned out ok, but what I would have given for another 100mm and autofocus.
 
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Blue Tit, used the FT 150mm at f2.0, good in bad lighting when you can get close enough
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A little Wren (300mm f4)
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the following are of a family of 6 that have over time become used to my presence, with the parents bringing up 4 young ones that too are at ease with me being around.
Other tribes of same here and living a bit further away are as wild as they come.

Tasmanian Native Hen close and personal
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This one seems to have taken to a one legged stance. I've seen it several times now. Previously on two legs.
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Parent and one of the offspring
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a typical pose of the young ones
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Flying Home, Magpie.
 
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Dark-bellied Brent Geese Branta bernicla bernicla...
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When Angels Fly
MY BIF settings:

View: original size


For me the BIF key was to use M settings, auto ISO, F stop Max or +1/2 stop, SS>2000, focus preference, smallish center focus point, high FPS


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So the birds were too far away and the blue sky was boring. Sky replacement in PS helped make a boring morning a little more fun
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Here is a Gadwall just to keep on theme:
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Not happy with its selfies ... not at all.
 

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The Ringed Plover on the Beach, Minehead UK

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Ripping a new one when no one was looking (supposedly)
 

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