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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


The first picture above is without the brush filter, and the second is with sharpness and clarity set to about -85. I blured the whole image, and then used the eraser on the birds. Here I backed off on the dehaze slider a bit, and played with the highlights and shadow sliders.



Not intended to be anything special, just an example of where the new 300 can cause problems and learning how to deal with it. Still not bad for 420mm and 50 meters distance.



Oct 05, 2017 at 05:42 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14



About an 80% crop, distance maybe 8 meters. It is always good to have the background as much out of focus as possible to begin with. No filter applied on the background here.



Oct 05, 2017 at 05:58 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


Here with a filter applied, sharpness and clarity at about -65.



Oct 05, 2017 at 06:04 AM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


Nice shot

Not an extremely busy background from the start. I find that the 40-150 (and I guess 300) mostly have trouble with backgrounds with lots of highlights or difference in lightning. This is actually pretty good bokeh in this shot.

I'm not sure how the 300 compares to other 300's on the market when it comes to bokeh, anyone know?



Oct 05, 2017 at 08:03 AM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


A busy background that is relatively close to the subject is bad, for sure. How does it compare to other 300s? Well, there isnít another MFT 300 to compare to. If you are comparing it to a FF 600 there is no comparison. A 600/4 will give you a much smoother or creamier background.

Wilbus wrote:
Nice shot

Not an extremely busy background from the start. I find that the 40-150 (and I guess 300) mostly have trouble with backgrounds with lots of highlights or difference in lightning. This is actually pretty good bokeh in this shot.

I'm not sure how the 300 compares to other 300's on the market when it comes to bokeh, anyone know?




Oct 05, 2017 at 12:58 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


bobbytan wrote:
A busy background that is relatively close to the subject is bad, for sure. How does it compare to other 300s? Well, there isnít another MFT 300 to compare to. If you are comparing it to a FF 600 there is no comparison. A 600/4 will give you a much smoother or creamier background.



Well a 600 I understand but would be nice to know how it performs compared to other 300's as far as bokeh goes. Remember, the Olympus 300 is really a 300 and should have the characteristics of such a lens. I need to check the bokeh of some FF 300's



Oct 05, 2017 at 05:33 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


The shots are all at 420mm. The bokeh of the Canon 400/5.6 is far more pleasant.


Oct 05, 2017 at 05:38 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


If you are comparing it to a FF 300/4 the FF version is still a little better ... because an f4 DOF is equivalent to f8 in MFT terms. And therefore a FF 300/2.8 bokeh should be significantly better.

That's in theory. In practice, the difference is actually smaller or less noticeable. What I am trying to say is I've seen bad/nervous bokeh from 500/4 lenses. As a matter of fact, Mitesh posted some "bad bokeh" samples from his Canon lens some time ago.

Wilbus wrote:
Well a 600 I understand but would be nice to know how it performs compared to other 300's as far as bokeh goes. Remember, the Olympus 300 is really a 300 and should have the characteristics of such a lens. I need to check the bokeh of some FF 300's



Oct 05, 2017 at 05:46 PM
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bobbytan wrote:
If you are comparing it to a FF 300/4 the FF version is still a little better ... because an f4 DOF is equivalent to f8 in MFT terms. And therefore a FF 300/2.8 bokeh should be significantly better.

That's in theory. In practice, the difference is actually smaller or less noticeable. What I am trying to say is I've seen bad/nervous bokeh from 500/4 lenses. As a matter of fact, Mitesh posted some "bad bokeh" samples from his Canon lens some time ago.


Well true a shorter DOF always helps but the actual quality of the bokeh is another thing. But it does seem like the longer telephotos all suffer from nervous bokeh in some situations. No matter what price so perhaps not the end of the world

Can't remember seeing Mitesh's post about it though!



Oct 05, 2017 at 07:14 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


Bokeh and OOF rendering are 2 different things, but they are interrelated in a way. FWIW the 300/4 has better bokeh than the 40-150 PRO.

Wilbus wrote:
Well true a shorter DOF always helps but the actual quality of the bokeh is another thing. But it does seem like the longer telephotos all suffer from nervous bokeh in some situations. No matter what price so perhaps not the end of the world

Can't remember seeing Mitesh's post about it though!




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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


BTW Rasmus, you have very nice images on your website. Do you process your b/w in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2?


Oct 05, 2017 at 09:32 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


bobbytan wrote:
BTW Rasmus, you have very nice images on your website. Do you process your b/w in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2?


Good to hear the 300 is better then the 40-150 though I with the right background the 40-150 can shine

Thank you very much Bobby

As far the pictures on my website goes, If I recall correct some of them may be edited using Silver Efex pro 2 but most of them are not. I love the program but I rarely use it anymore, not quite sure why but I think one of the reasons is that I get very good B&W results from Capture One's engine, for some reason better then I did with b/w in Lightroom.My guess for the website shots it's probably 20% in Silver Efex pro 2 the rest with Capture One and maybe the odd, old one with Lightroom.

With that said, I will probably use Silver Efex Pro 2 more again simply because it's a great program, but I don't wanna get too used to it either since Google decided to kill it (or rather, let it die slowly). I love the control points and wish some other software company would be able to do the same.



Oct 06, 2017 at 04:32 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


Well, they decided not to develop it further, but the whole suite is free and the plugins are very useful as is. If I feel like taking the time I can get better results than just running everything through LR, but to be honest, I seldom feel like taking the time. Too many pictures.... not enough time! Anyway, back to my new toy.
I love the detail this lens can render!



All for me?!




Oct 10, 2017 at 03:43 AM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


Without the TC, a very small moth on my computer screen.


Hand held from minimum focus distance.



Oct 22, 2017 at 07:21 PM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


In case anyone has doubts about how sharp this combination (300Pro w/ 1.4 teleconverter on EM1.2) is, this should clear up their doubts.
This is straight out of camera, other than cropping.
Looks like I focused on the beak.

I used S-AF (C-AF does not give me as good results, so I try to keep away from it).

Love this kit!!



© Kim Knapp 2017

EM 1.2 300Pro w/ 1.4 TC (840mm FF equiv) 1/2500 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 500 Slight crop





© Kim Knapp 2017

Heavy crop of first image




Oct 23, 2017 at 03:04 PM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


Don't mess with me! Glad I'm not a fish....
Looks like you had some air to deal with, and a couple of branches in the foreground. This setup in very capable without a doubt.
Find him/her near Fort Collins?
The Aspens in full color? Nothing like the Front Range in the fall!



Oct 24, 2017 at 06:58 AM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


Nope, down in New Smyrna Beach for a couple days. Lots more birds here.
Leaves are pretty much done, now, but you are right, fall is great in CO.

Actually, that shot was through some brush, hence the shading in his middle.

Kim



Oct 24, 2017 at 12:55 PM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


Don't forget, this was straight out off camera, to show how sharp the lens and TC are hand held.

Kim



Oct 24, 2017 at 01:00 PM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · 300/4 Pro+MC-14


DanC.Licks wrote:
Well, they decided not to develop it further, but the whole suite is free and the plugins are very useful as is.


https://nikcollection.dxo.com/

Download link don't seem to work yet.




Oct 26, 2017 at 08:35 PM
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