This article features a selection of E-M1 Mark III BIF images. All photographs were captured handheld using an M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom with the M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter. The combination has an equivalent field-of-view of 160-600 mm.
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I went to Grimsby harbour for a couple of hours to do some initial BIF testing.., photographing gulls in flight with our Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III.
All of the photographs in this article were captured using Cluster Area C-AF at 18 frames-per-second with silent shutter.
I don’t expect to use the E-M1 Mark III very often as this is my wife’s preferred OM-D camera.
While gulls are not the most photogenic species, they are readily available. As such they make good test subjects when comparing different camera bodies and lenses.
I found the auto-focus performance of the E-M1 Mark III to be quite fast and accurate.
The E-M1 Mark III was certainly up to most of the BIF challenges that I presented to it. My initial impression was that it was just a hair less responsive, and not quite as consistently accurate, as my E-M1X.
Don’t get me wrong… the auto-focusing on E-M1 Mark III is still very fast and accurate. It’s just not quite up to the performance of the E-M1X when the camera is pushed hard. The E-M1 Mark III BIF images in this article demonstrate that the camera is well suited to this subject matter.
As I’ve become more accustomed to using the Cluster Area C-AF, the more that I am enjoying this particular auto-focusing mode. I find that it does a good job acquiring focus and adjusting to the size and shape of a bird-in-flight. This makes panning with an incoming bird easier.
Since I have large hands I don’t find the E-M1 Mark III to be very comfortable to use. There’s no room on the grip for my pinky finger, and I find it awkward to place it underneath the camera body. This is my personal preference, and other photographers may not feel the same way as I do.
The E-M1 Mark III ‘s smaller form factor may result in some photographers using it with a grip when using longer and heavier telephoto lenses.
The Cluster Area C-AF did quite a good job staying with a bird even when it flew through some traffic (as you can see in the image above) or past a busy background as illustrated in the photograph immediately below.
Here are a few additional sample images of E-M1 Mark III BIF images.
Overall, the E-M1 Mark III was easy to use for this subject matter and performed very well.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. The degree of cropping is indicated for each image.
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