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  1. opticoholic

    New OM-1

    Another nice article here with some nice bird shots: https://www.sulasula.com/en/om-1-in-ecuador-part-2 Dave
  2. opticoholic

    New OM-1

    Here's a demo of using the new Bird Detect mode in combination with Pro Capture on the OM-1: The video will not embed so click here to go to Youtube to play it. Dave
  3. opticoholic

    New OM-1

    Here's another report with lots of bird examples... Some of the photos look a little over-saturated for my tastes, and a few of the shots at very high ISO look a little rough (some have no processing applied yet), but nonetheless some very nice photos ...better than I can usually do! I liked...
  4. opticoholic

    New OM-1

    Thanks for that quick initial report, Chris! I also have mine but I haven't been out to test it yet. I'm really busy these days with my job and no vacation any time soon. But I will share my experiences eventually here, and I'll be interested to hear more about how it goes for you. Dave
  5. opticoholic

    New OM-1

    First impressions of the OM-1 from OM ambassador Roger Hance:
  6. opticoholic

    New OM-1

    Yes, I had a similar thought. For us "cheapskates," they might re-use the R&D that went into the 150-400mm and basically put out a fixed focal length long lens with much of the same optical design. For me personally, I'd prefer to forego the convenience of the built-in TC and just see a plain...
  7. opticoholic

    New OM-1

    You throw out the phrase "under £7,000" as if that is an option; for most of us it is not. But I concede that maybe it is "sensible" considering what you get, and in comparison to comparable full frame lenses in other platforms. The built-in teleconverter and the zoom design both drive up the...
  8. opticoholic

    New OM-1

    Someone found this video on Instagram that shows the OM-1 bird detect in action: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CaDQ_WRqNUt/?utm_medium=copy_link You need to jump to about 16:15 in the video to see it. I didn't watch the whole thing, but it looks pretty good to me! Dave
  9. opticoholic

    Lens advice please

    Yes, I should have added that most of us find 300mm is not enough reach, even with a 1.4X teleconverter. Saving up for a used Tamron or Sigma 150-600 might be the best way to go... VR is helpful also, especially if you plan to hand-hold, but with something as large as the 150-600 lenses, I'd...
  10. opticoholic

    New OM-1

    I will probably be getting an OM-1 to upgrade my E-M1 II. If so, I'll try to let you know what I think. GH6 would be another option but I'm not really a video guy and also it looks like the OM-1 might have better AF tracking... I've been "on the fence" with my Olympus kit for a while, using...
  11. opticoholic

    Lens advice please

    I wish you lived closer to me. I have one of these lenses: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/207356-USA/Nikon_1909_Telephoto_AF_S_Nikkor_300mm.html It's in excellent condition and I also have the older, compatible 1.4X teleconverter (TC-14E II). I need to sell it to someone and I would...
  12. opticoholic

    NL Pure 8x32 and NL Pure 10x32!

    50mm NL's would be welcome. Especially 8X50 or 7X50. Of course Swarovski and all the other major makers are seemingly permanently and religiously opposed to 7X now, so 8X is probably the most I can hope for. ... And in the Swarovisions they didn't even offer that. I'm sorry, 12X50 is a...
  13. opticoholic

    EM1-iii compared to a Canon EOS 1Dx Mark III

    Thanks for posting this Niels. I'm really wondering what will happen to Olympus now. Many people are pessimistic. Time will tell. Dave
  14. opticoholic

    SF 8x32 v NL Pure 8x42

    For me, it's not "only" $1K more. $1K is a LOT more to me. The magnification and field of view are comparable so in those respects you can compare them. And both have field flattening. I'd say they are apples and oranges, not apples and bowling balls. As others have said, I can't say for...
  15. opticoholic

    New Zeiss 8x32SF as your main binocular

    I'm not a regular reader of the binocular forum anymore, but as I said about a month ago further up in this discussion, this year I'm planning to sell 1 or 2 older pairs and allow myself to get a new premium binocular for the first time in years, and the 8X32 SF is at the top of my list. I...
  16. opticoholic

    New Zeiss 8x32SF as your main binocular

    I've mostly used 42mm bins all my life. But I still own and use the Nikon 8X32 SE from time to time, and from that I know, yes, I could be happy with an 8X32 as my "main bin" -- for daytime use (not astronomy). I'm getting older and I expect my eye pupil rarely dilates to much bigger than 4mm...
  17. opticoholic

    x32 SF

    I think the 32 SF eyecups are farther away in that 2nd photo and look smaller partly for that reason. Based on the 1st photo it looks like the eyecups are pretty close to the same size. Dave
  18. opticoholic

    Nikkor 500mm f5.46pf lens - any users yet ?

    I accidentally posted this in the wrong thread... A couple in flight shots on the Flickr group struck me as quite impressive: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/32727905937/in/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdsaspoetry/40736595973/in/[email protected]/ These were...
  19. opticoholic

    Hazy or foggy images when using astro telescopes for birds

    Hello, I have noticed that when I use my triplet APO telescopes for bird photography, the images I get, while incredibly sharp, often have a noticeable milky or hazy quality. I will attach an example. Is this normal and is there anything I should think about changing to help it? I can usually...
  20. opticoholic

    Z6/7 vs D500 vs D850

    I'm guessing from the above that maybe you do not use a tripod? That's ok of course; some people just can't or don't want to lug around a tripod. But if you don't use any support then you might think about adding a light tripod or at least a monopod. As good as VR / IS technology is, a tripod...
  21. opticoholic

    Need long extension tube

    Hello, I have a new telescope with a 630mm focal length that I'd like to use with my Olympus E-M1 II, but it looks like I will need a much longer extension tube, ideally ~5.5" or 5.75"... That's a full 2 inches longer than the one I use on my 480mm scope. Darn. Do any of you astro-scopers...
  22. opticoholic

    Feasability of New 1.4×FTZTC ..... ??

    I agree there is capable gear available right now, and it makes sense to just quit speculating and wondering what (Nikon) will do. I can't speak for Canon; I've always been a Nikon guy. I stumbled upon this blog entry from Thom Hogan from 2 months ago. In it he says we are still more than 2...
  23. opticoholic

    Feasability of New 1.4×FTZTC ..... ??

    It's an interesting idea Chosun. I'd be surprised if it ever happens, but who knows. I can see how you might end up dreaming up such an idea, since the arrival of native Z-mount super telephoto lenses seems like it could take forever. I would be reluctant to buy a very expensive new super...
  24. opticoholic

    Nikkor 500mm f5.46pf lens - any users yet ?

    IMHO, there is no good reason not to simply explain to dealers and customers what specifically is causing the delay. It is just another example of what has always frustrated me about Nikon's relationship to customers: Secrecy. Silence. Distance. I try to remain objective and give them the...
  25. opticoholic

    Tripod and head for a D500 and 500mm f5.6 lens

    Yes, thanks for reminding me about the Lensmaster options. Right now I'm inclined to go with the Jobu 1.5 lb. "Jr. 3 Deluxe Kit" I linked above. It is lightweight (1/2 the weight of my Wimberley WH-200) but I like that it still has a platform to support the lens from underneath. I would keep...
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