M.Zuiko 100-400 HHHR

This article features five M.Zuiko 100-400 mm HHHR test images captured at the Royal Botanical Gardens, along with 100% crops of each. As regular readers know I enjoy pushing myself and my camera gear with various challenges, just to see what will result. On a personal basis I don’t spend any time pixel peeping my images… but I do appreciate that some readers would like to see some 100% crops periodically so I included them in this article.

The five M.Zuiko 100-400 HHHR test images in this article were all captured handheld during overcast conditions with focal lengths ranging from 308 mm to 560 mm… equivalent fields-of-view from 616 mm to 1120 mm. My camera set-up also included the M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter.

I created these test photographs with an E-M1X using Manual mode and single point auto-focus. The in-lens stabilization of my M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom was turned off, as I prefer relying on the IBIS of my E-M1X when using this long telephoto zoom lens.

I had no idea what to expect when creating these M.Zuiko 100-400 HHHR (handheld high resolution) photographs. There was some intermittent breeze on this particular afternoon. I needed to time my image captures as best I could, during very brief lulls in the breeze. My efforts were met with varying degrees of success.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 308 mm, efov 616 mm, f/8.5, 1/640, ISO-320, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, full frame capture, subject distance 2.5 metres

First, let’s have a look at a flower image captured using a focal length of 308 mm, efov 616 mm.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 308 mm, efov 616 mm, f/8.5, 1/640, ISO-320, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, full frame capture, subject distance 2.5 metres, 100% crop

Above is a 100% crop taken from the photograph. Next, let’s have a look at another flower photograph created using a focal length of 391 mm, efov 782 mm.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 308 mm, efov 616 mm, f/8.5, -0.7 EV, 1/800, ISO-800, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, full frame capture, subject distance 3.9 metres

As you view the 100% crop of this image, you’ll notice a tiny spider on one of the flower petals.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 308 mm, efov 616 mm, f/8.5, -0.7 EV, 1/800, ISO-800, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, full frame capture, subject distance 3.9 metres, 100% crop

The next three M.Zuiko 100-400 HHHR test photographs were all captured with the lens fully extended to 560 mm, efov 1120 mm.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, -0.3 EV, 1/1000, ISO-1600, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, full frame capture, subject distance 5.3 metres

And, here is a 100% crop from the above photograph.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, -0.3 EV, 1/1000, ISO-1600, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, full frame capture, subject distance 5.3 metres, 100% crop

Our final test flower image was cropped to 7395 pixels on the height, then resized for web use.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/10, -0.3 EV, 1/1000, ISO-1600, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, cropped to 7395 pixels on the height, subject distance 6 metres

Here is the 100% crop from the above M.Zuiko 100-400 HHHR test photograph.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/10, -0.3 EV, 1/1000, ISO-1600, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, cropped to 7395 pixels on the height, subject distance 6 metres, 100% crop

Our final HHHR test image is of a dragonfly perched on the end of a stem. It should be noted that I was able to capture a good number of dragonfly HHHR test images similar to the one below. I think the high contrast detail in the wings and body of the dragonfly helped the HHHR function with my E-M1X lock on to the subject.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/800, ISO-640, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, cropped to 6090 pixels on the width, subject distance 2.7 metres

This knowledge will certainly have me use my E-M1X’s HHHR function with more insect subjects when using the M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom, including when incorporating the M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter into my overall set-up.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/800, ISO-640, HHHR Handheld Hi Res mode, cropped to 6090 pixels on the width, subject distance 2.7 metres, 100% crop

As we can see with the 100% crop above, the detail is quite good.

If you own an E-M1X or E-M1 Mark III with the handheld high res HHHR mode, I would encourage you to try it out with some of your longer length telephoto lenses. This was my first ever attempt with my M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom. I was encouraged with these initial HHHR test results… especially with my dragonfly images. This bodes well for for some of my future insect photography.

Technical Note

Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Crops are noted. This is the 1,056th article published on this website since its original inception.

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6 thoughts on “M.Zuiko 100-400 HHHR”

  1. Always fascinated to see your experimentation into the features like HHHR that seem to glossed over by most sites as only for landscape or still life, but then you go out and methodically show otherwise. I have a E-M1.2 and am grateful for the tips you provide that have enhanced my photography especially with pro-capture and af limiter for my bird photography.

    1. Hi Mark,

      I’m glad that my experimentation has been helpful for you.

      Unless we push ourselves and our camera gear we really don’t what is possible. For example, I was out yesterday doing some additional experimentation at the Royal Botanical Gardens. This time it was photographing perched dragonflies handheld at 1600 mm efov, as well as creating handheld in-camera focus stacked images of dragonflies at 1600 mm efov. I wasn’t sure what I would be able to create… but it was an incredibly fun and interesting experiment. I imagine I’ll have a couple of new articles from this photo shoot done over the next week or so.

      My site is not a typical ‘gear review’ repository, and I only shoot with camera equipment that I actually bought and own. I think this gives me a different orientation in terms of experimentation and discovering what is possible. It really does take time to learn and understand one’s camera gear. I’ve been using my Olympus kit for over two years and I still have so much to learn.

      Tom

  2. Very impressive!

    Just a brief technical question, Tom, what exactly do you mean with the term “100% crop”?

    1. Hi Bill,

      All of the images displayed on the website are 1200 pixels maximum in either width or height. I typically would resize a photograph down to this 1200 pixel measurement. A “100% crop” means that I cropped out a 1200 pixel section of the original photograph (typically 1200 x 900 pixels) and did not resize it down for website use.

      Tom

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