Silvereyes

Introduction

This week, to mix things up a bit before I start my next photo project, I’ve decided to post some photos of silvereyes which I’ve taken during the past month. These photos are not my greatest achievements, especially as I was getting acquainted with a couple of new arrivals: the EE-1 Red Dot Sight from Olympus and an M42-mount Asahi Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200 mm f/4; and I was playing around a little more with high ISOs to reduce motion blur.

Comments on Equipment Used

On the few occasions I’ve had the EE-1 in use, it’s been very good, provided it’s been correctly calibrated for the working distance. Achieving correct calibration has been a challenge when hand-holding the camera, but it’s becoming easier with practice.

So far, the silvereyes are the only shots I’ve taken with the 200 mm f/4 lens. Based on those shots, though, I’m convinced the lens would really benefit from a hood. That being said, image quality was still good, and manual focusing speed was on a par (in some cases faster) than the autofocus lens I was shooting alongside it. This has caused me to start exploring long focal length legacy lenses to take over the brunt of my telephoto needs.

Surprisingly, the high ISOs haven’t been too bad in use. However, this seems to be very dependent on getting a good exposure, and processing the RAW files correctly. Hopefully, I’ve have this side of things covered by the time I hit the Otago Peninsula in spring and summer.

The Photos

A silvereye waits amongst others for its turn at the feeder. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 75-300 II. 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 3200, sighted with Olympus EE-1 Red Dot Sight.
A silvereye waits amongst others for its turn at the feeder. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 75-300 II. 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 3200, sighted with Olympus EE-1 Red Dot Sight.
A silvereye perching in a crab apple tree. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 75-300 II. 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 3200, sighted with Olympus EE-1 Red Dot Sight.
A silvereye perching in a crab apple tree. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 75-300 II. 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 3200, sighted with Olympus EE-1 Red Dot Sight.
The sun reflecting off an apple and into the face of a silvereye. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 75-300 II. 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 3200, sighted with Olympus EE-1 Red Dot Sight.
The sun reflecting off an apple and into the face of a silvereye. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 75-300 II. 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 3200, sighted with Olympus EE-1 Red Dot Sight.
A silvereye perching on a twig between two boughs of a crab apple tree. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Asahi Pentax Super Multi Coated Takumar 200 mm f/4.  1/250 s, f/4, ISO 320.
A silvereye perching on a twig between two boughs of a crab apple tree. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Asahi Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200 mm f/4. 1/250 s, f/4, ISO 320.
A silvereye perching in the upper reaches of a bare crab apple tree. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Asahi Pentax Super Multi Coated Takumar 200 mm f/4.  1/250 s, f/4, ISO 320.
A silvereye perching in the upper reaches of a bare crab apple tree. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Asahi Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200 mm f/4. 1/250 s, f/4, ISO 320.
SIlvereyes in the middle of feasting on a apple. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Asahi Pentax Super Multi Coated Takumar 200 mm f/4.  1/250 s, f/4, ISO 320.
Silvereyes in the middle of feasting on a apple. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Asahi Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200 mm f/4. 1/250 s, f/4, ISO 320.

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3 thoughts on “Silvereyes”

  1. nice selection.
    i am about to replace my nikon coolpix p7000 that i use mainly for macro work and carry as it is lighter than my dslr, nikon d300s, and was looking for a pro quality p&s much like the p7000. i think i have decided on the nikon 1 j5. small and it has interchangeable lens and should fit my macro need as well.

    1. Thanks.

      The Nikon 1 J5 sounds like a good option for you, especially if you also have a D300s. From what I’ve seen, it delivers good results and is reasonably capable of macro work with the standard kit lens. If you find you want more magnification, I would consider extension tubes or a close-up lens filter, both of which are readily available. There are also some good lens upgrade options, should you choose to stay with the system.

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