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Old 11-06-2013, 08:27 PM   #31
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The filter will be nice under low light to make "silky" photos of moving water. Set the camera on aperture priority, choose a small stop (large # such as f: 16 or 22) and, using the filter and a tripod, you can take 2-3 second exposures. Good for moving water. A Neutral Density filter will also work.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:34 PM   #32
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I like to capture motion. I bought a set of neutral density filters to extend exposures. Then something odd happened to some of the photographs. For the really long exposures the colors shifted. The pictures looked like they were taken in late fall instead of mid-May. Some even looked like they were taken using infrared film? Anyone know what's up with that?
Cheap neutral density filters will cause a colour shift especially the 10 stop vari-density ones.

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Old 11-06-2013, 10:17 PM   #33
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I recently bought an Olympus OM D E-M5 ( no, I don't know why it has so many letters ). It's a mirrorless SLR...
A Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera needs a mirror, to direct the image to the focusing screen (and subsequently viewfinder) through that same single lens as is used to take the photo (and typically a pentaprism to present the horizontal and inverted image to the user). Without a mirror, it can only have an electronic viewfinder or a screen on the back. This Olympus apparently has an 800x600 resolution electronic viewfinder. You might notice that the linked article refers to mirrorless cameras and SLRs as different types.

The other mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses discussed in the article are more common that this Olympus, and are commonly called Compact System Cameras - they are a system of body and lenses, and compact because they have no optical viewfinder/mirror system (and usually smaller sensors than typical DSLRs). Most don't have the electronic viewfinder.

Compact system camera lenses usually don't have the very wide zoom ratio of the non-interchangeable superzoom cameras, because you change lenses instead. By interchanging lenses you can choose the optimal lens for the shot, but you're juggling hardware instead of the superzoom one-box convenience.

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Photogs in the news biz used to put gaffer tape over the logo on their cameras so they wouldn't have to get into conversations about which camera is better.
Hilarious. I guess they didn't use those branded neck straps, either. But I'm sure they recognized the brand anyway.
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:22 PM   #34
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One of my favourite What The Duck strips.

Excellent! I'm showing that one to my wife, the photographer of the family.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:38 PM   #35
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A Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera needs a mirror, to direct the image to the focusing screen (and subsequently viewfinder) through that same single lens as is used to take the photo (and typically a pentaprism to present the horizontal and inverted image to the user). Without a mirror, it can only have an electronic viewfinder or a screen on the back. This Olympus apparently has an 800x600 resolution electronic viewfinder. You might notice that the linked article refers to mirrorless cameras and SLRs as different types.

A Reflex camera is a camera that permits the photographer to view the image that will be seen through the lens, and therefore to see exactly what will be captured, contrary to viewfinder cameras where the image could be significantly different from what will be captured. A single-lens reflex camera typically uses a mirror and prism system (hence "reflex", from the mirror's reflection) to accomplish this. The Mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera achieves the same result by providing the photographer with a digitally captured image.

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From reviews, I gather the Olympus OM D has the best electronic viewfinder, but it still doesn't compare to the Nikon D4s optical finder I had while working.
I'm finding it particularly difficult to tell if I'm in focus when I'm using the 300mm OM lens and adapter.
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From reviews, I gather the Olympus OM D has the best electronic viewfinder, but it still doesn't compare to the Nikon D4s optical finder I had while working.
I'm finding it particularly difficult to tell if I'm in focus when I'm using the 300mm OM lens and adapter.
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You can set the camera up to go to 10x magnification when in manual focus for critical focusing or go to the irritating "beep" to confirm focus. I use mine with my 50-200 f2.8 with no problems.

Kerrisdale had the Olympus reps pre production EM-1 at our photo seminar on the weekend and it's electronic viewfinder is a lot better than the EM-5; apparently it compares with the Canon 1DX full frame SLR.

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I've been trying to shoot a hummingbird on approach to the feeder. I don't want the feeder in the shot. So, with the 300mm and manual focus, I have no alternative but to pre-focus on a spot and hope the bird flies into the zone. So far, I have a lot of near misses.
Those hummers move fast.
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Something like this, but a hummer.
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Barry and I are essentially saying the same thing: mirrorless is not SLR, and in a mirrorless camera an electronic view replaces the SLR's optical view.

The question is whether or not that is good enough for you. The display on the back of the camera typically has better resolution than the "peephole" electronic viewfinder (EVF), so it may work better for fine focus... especially if the camera has a depth-of-field preview (common in SLRs, but I don't know about mirrorless compact systems or the superzoom non-interchangeable lens cameras).
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