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.
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