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Goosander close up

Goosander close up
Copyright ©2005, Jens Birch
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This is one of the male Goosanders (Mergus merganser) I photographed this spring. They were a whole lot of them diving for fish in our local river and sometimes they came pretty close whenascending to the surface. However, they always spotted me very soon when the shutter of the E-1 started to go and then left the shore. The yellowish colour of its white feathers is from the light of the setting sun.

Cheers, Jens.

Photographer: Jens Birch
Folder: Jens' Wildlife
Uploaded: 30-Dec-2005 19:54 CET
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/4000 sec
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal length: 300mm(600mm)
Lens: OM Zuiko 300mm f/4.5
Focusing method: Manual
ISO: 200
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: USM
Image resized to: 800x800

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adrie Hubregtsen wrote:
> Jens, I miss the real sharpness and details in the feathers.

Adrie, I guess it has several reasons that add up: ISO 200, OM Zuiko lens, 1:1 crop.

Jens Birch at 23:47 CET on 30-Dec-2005 [Reply]


adrie Hubregtsen wrote:
> Jens, I can not belief that the Zuiko lens is the reason for missing sharpness, I think It?s
> the Eye that let you down, my experience is that the Zuiko?s can be extremely sharp but you
> must can get the time for it to do so and that?s the problem by animal photo?s.


this lens is definitely not up to the task to deliver the best image for the 5 MP E-1(expecially at f/4.5), even less an 8 MP E-300/500. I have used it extensively before I could afford the Zuiko Digital ED 50-200 which delivers very much better images. Once I tried the ZD ED 50-200, I never even thought of going back to the OM Zuiko 300/4.5 because of this.

However, I do think it is a very good budget alternative and you will learn a lot by shooting with it. In case you are interested, here is a little article I wrote about using it for wildlife:

Cheers, Jens

PS. Note that I made a typo in the exposure time when I first submitted the picture. The exposure time was 1/4000 second in this case (not 1/400 s) so you can count out camera shake as a cause of loss of detail here.

Jens Birch at 13:09 CET on 31-Dec-2005 [Reply]