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    What am I doing wrong?

    I photographed this Little Egret yesterday and I took around 100 pictures that looks like this.
    Settings: F 6.3 1/400 sec ISO 200 and -0.7 EV
    E-M1 Mark 2, 300 f4.0 and tele converter 1.4
    Lots of pictures I take, look like that especially at the coast on a sunny day and with white birds.

    There must be some setting I can use to get better pictures. At least the bird looks to be in focus. I have seen other people’s pictures of the same bird and in the same place and weather condition, and they looks much better.
    I have pictures of Great Egret I took last year with the E-M1 Mark I with the 4/3 150/f2.0 and 2x tele converter and they looks equally crappy.



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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Hi Bo

    Yes it does look very soft. Just a thought, how have you got your Anti-shock settings set.
    I think these are only supposed to affect shutter speeds for 100-250 but worth a try.
    It in camera 2, anti shock. I have mine set to 0 second for both normal and silent shutter.

    Let us know how you get on. Good luck.
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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Try using faster F-stop than 6.3...I've had similar outputs with very bright light (white objects)
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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks guys, I will test your advices.

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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    I sometimes get results like that for distance shots and again i get some great results,my money is on camera movement,not enough to stand out as that but enought to take the edge off.
    I dont have a EM1mK11 but i would look at auto iso f8 and 1/1000th of a second for those shots.

    Your looking at 420mm (fov 840mm ) and i find with my 100-400 Leica zoom over those distances any very minor errors in my camera stability get magnified,close ups with stabilasation i can use very slow shutter speeds but not distant shots.
    This was taken at the 1/1000th @ 400mm (800mm fov),remember a sharp image with a bit of noise in is better than a noiseless unsharp image.
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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Thank you very much mikew.

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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    I would also strongly recommend using Anti-Shock (0 Seconds) with the E-M1. Is the body up to date with firmware too because it allows Anti-Shock on sequential shooting in later updates (single only on early FW)?
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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Thank you very much Ross,

    It´s an E-M1 Mark II with latest firmware. So I will try e-shutter next time I try to take pictures of a white bird.

    Regards

    Bo

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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilhelm View Post
    Thank you very much Ross,

    It´s an E-M1 Mark II with latest firmware. So I will try e-shutter next time I try to take pictures of a white bird.

    Regards

    Bo
    The Mk II is (should be) much better for shutter shock since the shutter mechanism is soft mounted.
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