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First Outing Oly 40-150/2.8 - Columbus Zoo

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by gryphon1911, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    Didn't care - braved the 8 - 22F temps today and went out to the zoo to test this lens out.

    It is a spectacular performer. I forgot to update the firmware, so if it only gets better with the 3.0 update on the EM1 - just WOW.

    Anyway. Here are the images. As I usually do, I shot JPG with a flat profile and then added my own custom Lightroom preset to the images.

    Another impressive thing is this. All but the first 2 bird images were taken through glass!!

    Mexican Wolves:

    16055757694_b15ffba20d_b. Mexican Wolves At Play - Submissive 2 by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    16055756304_1f2c4e8031_b. Mexican Wolves - Rough Housing 1 by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    16491939559_e19288610b_b. Mexican Wolves - The Pack Starts Running Toward Me by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    Polar Bears:

    16652145686_7a02a61fc2_b. Aurora Playing Dead by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    16678086995_a345e6260d_b. Aurora and Her Barrel by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    16677078042_8ebc27d0b5_b. Nanuq and Aurora Flirting bygryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    Some Birds:

    16470788767_4a36346e44_b. Humbolt Penguin - Looking Over Shoulder by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    16470789787_600030ae1f_b. Watching The Manatees by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    16058129233_21ec023661_b. Tawny Frogmouth - Oly Version by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr
    The one above was taken at 1/10, ISO 3200, f/2.8 handheld @ 90mm

    I won't say much more about this lens yet because I want to run it through some more paces with the updated firmware and I think that the pictures should speak for themselves.
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  2. Well done. I'll skip the snow though.
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  3. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    I'm sure if I lived in Arizona for any length of time, I'd probably agree with you. I'm still acclimated to the cold...now the summers here and that damn humidity....you can keep that. I think I'd do Ok in the dry heat, though.
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  4. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Love the wolves and P Bears!
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Really nice results! I've read that the new firmware for the EM1 takes that auto-focus, particularly for tracking movement, up another couple of levels. That gap keeps closing....

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  6. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Love the polar bear playing dead and the tawny frogmouth. Oh, and remind me never to get reincarnated as a Mexican wolf . . .

    Cheers, Jock
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  7. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    A lovely series, Andrew; the wolves and the tawny frogmouth are my favorites. The AF performance of your Oly could make a Fuji X shooter a little envious at times.
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  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    the wolves are wonderful captures.....anytime I look for them at the zoo, they're hiding. And that pelican shot is lovely
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  9. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    Ah, yes that Fuji Achille's Heel.

    Thankfully, Fuj keeps getting their AF performance to be better and better. I'm hoping it is not much longer and they will get there!
  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    I teach some workshops about getting great images at the zoo, and one of the first thing I always tell people is that doing research about the animals and their schedules is #1 thing they need to understand.

    The majority of the animals are more active when the temperatures are cooler and either early in the morning or later in the evening. They also tend to get more active around feeding times as well. I got there when it was cool and early in the day, so I played the odds in my favor and got extremely lucky. Normally when I am there any other time, they might be standing about or far back in the habitat. I think the snow got them playful.
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  11. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    You have captured some great detail and texture.
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