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New life for a 300/4 AF


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#1 Airee

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 14:50

Using the Novoflex adapter. The lens is good, but not extraordinarily so (the AFS version is better). However the in-camera stabilizer increases its usability as a "de facto 600mm". Manual focus is made a bit tricky by the short throw and lack of resistance of the ring. One has to get used to focussing it with one finger, the others firlmy holding the barrel. Since the magnified EVF view is not stabilized, focussing precisely takes time. Slight misfocus is sufficient to lose the advantage of stopping down (one of the pics below has been selected, with f/4 resulting in a better picture than the f/8 version just because of a slight focus inaccuracy). Globally I get a very good 600mm equivalent that can be handheld.

(all pics up to 2000 pixel along the biggest edge, except the details which are 100% crops)

An artificial duck, f/4 and 1/640s, 200 ISO:

Canard-110321.jpg

Detail :

Canard, detail-110321.jpg

Detail of the same, but f/5.6 ; the contrast is already better:

Canard, detail-110322.jpg

Highway signs, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 200. Contrast enhanced in order to compensate for the significant haze (weather was deteriorating quickly)

Periph-110323.jpg

Detail of the same (all ar @ f/4)

Periph, detail-110323.jpg

A station platform 1/320, ISO 200, probably f/5.6:

quai-110329.jpg

and the paparazzo's display :

quai, detail-110329.jpg

Edited by Airy, 11 November 2012 - 15:59 .


#2 Airee

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 15:55

and finally, an insulator, about 4m away ; 1/250s, 200 ISO, probably f/5.6

isolateur-110334.jpg

detail

Isolateur, detail-110334.jpg

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 16:25

You are having a lot of fun with that OMD, Airy!

I will hopefully get to shoot mine again tomorrow. I haven't been doing much apart from writing since I got back from safari.

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#4 Airee

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:56

Indeed. I am also starting to appreciate the FD 50/1.4. Seems to do a very good job for portraits around f/2.5, but f/1.4 is quite usable despite LoCA and slight haze, not so apparent when there is no backlight.

Edited by Airy, 15 November 2012 - 09:57 .


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 14:52

Since the magnified EVF view is not stabilized


You can have it stabilized if you like. In the settings menu D, set "LV closeup mode" to "mode 2".

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#6 Airee

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:21

And I like it ! thanks for the tip.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:57

And I like it ! thanks for the tip.


No problem :)

I find that they both have their uses. When I shoot with a tele i like to use mode 2 and have the magnified view stabilized. When I do street photography I use an old Nikon 24mm f/2.8 a lot, and I like to use mode 1. That way I can magnify, focus and be out of the magnified view again by just pushing the shutter button, recompose and snap, which means a lot less fiddling around with buttons. Finding that little Fn button that is mapped to magnifying while in a hurry to recompose, expose and shoot is just too much hassle.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:03

Same conclusion on my side.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 21:33

I performed longer field tests with the 300AF and the 500 Reflex. The latter is barely usable; even on a monopod it would indeed "shake off" the stabilizer way too easily. The 300 seems to be the limit for usefulness and comfort, but using a monopod is nearly mandatory, in which case the stabilizer becomes extremely effective (down to 1/25s or even 1/13s). Good results are also possible with one's back or shoulder resting somewhere.

For that purpose, I have chosen a Velbon Ultrastick M53 plus ball head QHD-41, which is a wee bit too light and flexible, but that was my best choice not to defeat the m4/3 concept. The same monopod is definitely too light for SLRs (say, D800 and a big lens).

Here's one more result with the 300AF (and some fun using Color Efex):

P1060038-Euralille 2000.jpg

Edited by Airy, 06 January 2013 - 21:57 .


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 22:22

And a few more. Shooting with a 600mm equivalent is certainly not going to become a habit. When most subjects are within reach that does not really add value compared to, say, 180 or 200mm FL.

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Crowne Plaza-1060074.jpg

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