Friday, October 12, 2012

Awesome Bird Shots With Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5, Lumix 100-300 f4-5.6, and a Telescope

By FernandoBatista on
Shot with DMC-G5 and Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6
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FernandoBatista on has posted several amazingly sharp bird photos, all shot with the new Lumix DMC-G5. Some were shot with the Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6, others with an apochromatic telescope adapted to the Lumix body.
(Click Here) to see them all.
I have really gotten some nice images with the 100-300mm Lumix lens. Sitting birds are one thing. Shooting them in flight, which really helps to make them look less like stuffed taxidermy models, is much harder. The Lumix lens' fast autofocus is pretty good, but it's definitely still not a high hit-rate endeavor.
Red-Wing Blackbird, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 at 275mm
iso400, f5.6, 1/80sec
This is about the best I've done on birds in flight with the Lumix 100-300:
Osprey in Flight, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 at 177mm
iso400, f8, 1/1250sec

I've actually done much better with a manual focus Nikkor 500mm f4 than with any autofocus lens. That said, I've spent a lot more time perfecting my technique with that lens, and matched with the superb Nikon D700 full-frame sensor, it's not really a fair comparison:

Ospreys in Flight, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor Ais 500mm f4 (manual focus)
iso500, f5.6, 1/1500 sec

I have this one enlarged to 12x18 on my wall, and the sharpness is remarkable. It's easy to tell these guys aren't stuffed!