Apologies for the log wait to writing my BLOG. I have had an eventful winter 2016-2017. It is usual for me to start changing from dragons etc to Fungi and Birding around about September each year. However I was unfortunate enough do my back in, I like many others have had installed an energy clock which as you may or may not be aware is to advise you as to your energy usage. Our meters (gas=Electric) are under the stairs in a cupboard. which had to be cleared out for the installation, then the gear that was removed had to be replaced. On crawling in and out and tidying the cupboard I done my Spine and hip. Never have I had any problems with my back in all my 68 years. this event put me out of action from the end of September till November 2016, the short period after and till xmas was taken very carefully no bending down for low photography so no fungi. Xmas came and went and in late January I did it again! whilst moving our 3 seater sofa/settee. this time nowhere near as badly only a couple of weeks so my Birding and Fungi photography was near to zilch.
Anyways back to the present time I have managed several trips to Farlington marsh for the Short Eared Owls. please check that section out! The Images are already on the raptors sections. This week on Sunday the 9th April’ I managed my first Odonata outing in search of the first of our damselflies to emerge namely the LARGE RED DAMSELFLY. I was very successful at Bramshill plantation, this is a full twelve days earlier than last year. Images should be on that section shortly. whilst at Bramshill I bumped into Paul Richie and his wife Sue so a chat ensued as we searched for a while together. Temperature was about 23c so I only did a couple of hours only. A little practice was needed to get used to the camera equipment again.
For those that have read my introduction page (home page) I did promise an update of my change over from Canon To Olympus M4/3. The main reason 80%-90% anyways is weight. Whilst one can argue on forever about resolution megapixels bokeh and depth of field, the m4/3 system can and does churn out excellent images. Would I be changing if I was in say my twenties with the vigour that one has at that age possibly not!
I did have a moment during the day of BLACK FRIDAY. when I pulled the trigger on the Olympus 300mm F4 pro, it was at an excellent price and to be fair I needed cheering up during my back injury times. The question is am I happy with it? Well the answer is a resounding YES. The lens is super sharp and has good rendering of colour even when I attach the 1.4 converter, making this a very useable 410mm f5.6 lens. when one takes into account the crop factor of two 820mm f5.6 walk about lens. the downside is my EM1 camera is no better for BIF, Even with the 300F4 pro but more than adequate for everything else.
This is where (hopefully) the new EM1 mk2 comes into play. Olympus do a promotional scheme called TRY & WOW, where you can have the camera and a lens for trial for 3 days, I have arranged to do this to try the camera out for the sole purpose of BIF. SRS microsystems are the shop I have arranged this with and hopefully will do me a deal should I purchase the camera. The camera is not particularly cheap. I could of got it at the photography show with the grip and a camera bag with circa £250 off, a friend rang me from the show and was willing to get it for me, but I declined because I was still not convinced of how good it would be. If the new EM1 mk2 is close to my canon 7dmk2s I will go for it, I hope to report back shortly on the outcome.
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