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Old Wednesday 4th July 2018, 21:11   #126
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I think personal shooting style make a lot of difference. I usually keep the LCD turned towards the back of the camera so that it does not use battery unless I actively want to review images - then I open the LCD. The EVF has the eye-sensor active, so it is not active unless I lift the camera (or hold something in front of it). And finally, I only use cAF when doing BIF which is a small part of my photography.

I have rarely taken more than 400 images in a day, and usually only do a few videos - it is my impression that a video easily can cost the same as 20 shots in battery power.

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Old Friday 10th August 2018, 07:40   #127
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Slightly off-topic but so far, I've not succeeded in installing the latest firmware update for a G9 body fitted to the PL 100-400 lens using the makers installation instruction https://www.panasonic.com/global/con..._firmware.html

Despite changing cards, " no valid picture to play" came up time after time which implied the latest version, v1.1 was already installed whereas Version Display showed v1.0. Any help will be gratefully received and acknowledged.
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Old Friday 10th August 2018, 10:45   #128
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Slightly off-topic but so far, I've not succeeded in installing the latest firmware update for a G9 body fitted to the PL 100-400 lens using the makers installation instruction https://www.panasonic.com/global/con..._firmware.html

Despite changing cards, " no valid picture to play" came up time after time which implied the latest version, v1.1 was already installed whereas Version Display showed v1.0. Any help will be gratefully received and acknowledged.
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Have you a fully charged battery and latest version for the lens.
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Old Friday 10th August 2018, 11:33   #129
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Have you a fully charged battery and latest version for the lens.
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Many thanks for your response.

Battery charge never showed less than 2 bars and lens is v1.2 which is the latest I'm aware of.
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Old Friday 10th August 2018, 11:57   #130
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Many thanks for your response.

Battery charge never showed less than 2 bars and lens is v1.2 which is the latest I'm aware of.
Just noticed battery charge MUST show 3 bars, will fully re-charge and try again!
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Just noticed battery charge MUST show 3 bars, will fully re-charge and try again!
Carried out the above but still no joy. Re-read the instructions:-

1.Find the firmware file you need on Lumix Customer Suport Website
2.Download it and copy to the SD Memory Card
3.Insert the SD Memory Card in the camera and update the firmware
There are some precautions to complete updating successfully.
SEE THE COMPLETE PROCEDURE


and realised I'd taken instruction 2. rather too literally in copying it straight to the card as a zip file without opening it.

The moral of this story is "if at first you don't succeed read the ***** instructions!" Again my thanks to Stan, not your fault I cocked up.
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Old Thursday 4th October 2018, 20:15   #132
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Been a while, here’s a few recent shots...
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Excellent. Is that a Black Tern on the 3rd?
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Excellent. Is that a Black Tern on the 3rd?
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The third is an Arctic Skua and two Sandwich Terns having a bit of an altercation.
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I'm tired of carring my Canon 60D with Tamron 150-600 G2. Have problems with my back and this 2,765 kilo kombo is annoing me when walking with it from early morning till late evening while birding. Thinking about going to Micro 4/3 and buying Panasonic 100-400 lens to get less weight. The focal lengh will be a bit smaller - Tamron + APSC sensor=960 mm vs Panasonic + Micro 4/3=800 mm. Don't know if it will be enough for me or not.

Also thinking about the camera to combine with the Panasonic 100-400. What will be better for birds including BIF - Panasonic G9, or Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk2 or something else?

Looked through all the pictures posted here. Half of them are too blurry from my point of view. Can't understand - are the sharp images posted here the result of postprocessing or just some of the users got good copy of the lens and some got bad copy of the lens.
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Try take a look at my images in the gallery: https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...00/ppuser/7427

Many of these are from Ecuador where the light was really challenging, and some of them I may not have sharpened as much as you would like - but I am happy with the results. I have the g85; G9 is rumored to be better for BIF, and EM1-ii as well. EM1-iii is going to be announced soon with better AF according to Oly.

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Edit: If you go more than a couple of hundred images back you get to some taken with another lens that was less sharp.
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Old Friday 7th February 2020, 12:49   #138
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Try take a look at my images in the gallery: https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...00/ppuser/7427

Many of these are from Ecuador where the light was really challenging, and some of them I may not have sharpened as much as you would like - but I am happy with the results. I have the g85; G9 is rumored to be better for BIF, and EM1-ii as well. EM1-iii is going to be announced soon with better AF according to Oly.

Niels

Edit: If you go more than a couple of hundred images back you get to some taken with another lens that was less sharp.
Niels, thank you for the link! I looked through your gallery from the most recent photo till this one (from page 1 till page 6) - https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...68/ppuser/7427

I like only few photos: https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...05/ppuser/7427
https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...02/ppuser/7427
https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...03/ppuser/7427
https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...64/ppuser/7427
https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...02/ppuser/7427
https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...97/ppuser/7427
https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...51/ppuser/7427
https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...13/ppuser/7427
https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sh...68/ppuser/7427

Sorry, all other photos on those 6 pages have too plastic look because of extensive noise reduction or are too noisy. But all of them are good as a proof for bird species observation. Now I'm thinking if it is worth going to micro 4/3 if APS-C sensor is giving better quality.....

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I recently got a new version of the software I am using which is better at noice reduction than the old one - and most of these images are processed using the older version. Having said that, iso 6400 on my camera is a stretch. I frequently ended at that level while in Ecuador.

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I recently got a new version of the software I am using which is better at noice reduction than the old one - and most of these images are processed using the older version. Having said that, iso 6400 on my camera is a stretch. I frequently ended at that level while in Ecuador.

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Niels, try applying noise reduction only to background and not to the bird. That can help to avoid plastic look of the bird. And when sharpening try to sharp only the parts of the bird where sharpenining is needed and not the whole photo. That methodic often helps when postprocessing bird photos.

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