M.Zuiko 75-300 Pro Capture

This article features an M.Zuiko 75-300 II Pro Capture H image run of a sparrow taking flight. This sequence was shot with the M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II wide open at f/6.7, and with the lens fully extended to 300 mm (efov 600 mm). A shutter speed of 1/2500 was used, along with ISO-1600 (Auto-ISO setting used). Exposure compensation was set to -0.7 step. I was situated 4.3 metres (~14 feet) away from the subject bird.

I used my standard Pro Capture H settings for this image run. Pre-shutter Frames was set to 15, as was my Frame Count Limiter. I shot at 60 frames-per-second.

Let’s have a look at 11 consecutive frames from this M.Zuiko 75-300 Pro Capture H image run. All are displayed as 100% captures without any cropping done to them.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/6.7, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H

The M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II is a small, lightweight, cost effective, and very competent zoom lens. Shooting at f/6.7 was actually beneficial with this image run as it provided additional depth-of-field which was important when positioned in close to the subject sparrow.

Being able to confidently capture 11 consecutive images of a small, fast sparrow taking flight using Pro Capture H mode, is a testament to the technology packed into various Olympus OM-D cameras. These images were created from full resolution RAW files. The 11 images in this article were captured in a total of 0.183 seconds.

Technical Note

Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. All photographs are displayed as 100% captures without any cropping done to them.

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6 thoughts on “M.Zuiko 75-300 Pro Capture”

  1. Another excellent example of ProCapture, Tom.

    A question: You note that you have aperture wide open, with a specific shutter speed and ISO setting … in which case, what was the purpose/affect of the -0.7EV exposure compensation ?

    John TKA

    1. Hi John,

      My article failed to mention that I used an Auto-ISO so my E-M1X selected ISO-1600… I have corrected this. When shooting in Manual mode and using Auto-ISO using the exposure compensation results in the camera changing the ISO value.

      Tom

  2. Tom–I gather from the 15 pre-shutter and 15 limiter settings that you would not capture any frames after you pressed the shutter, right?

    Also, can you use back button focusing with both Pro-Capture High and Low? If you use back-button, are there any other options that you need to set?

    Thanks,

    Bill

    1. Hi Bill,

      Yes, you are correct. I have my camera set to only write the images that are stored in temporary memory prior to me pressing the shutter release.

      I never use back button focusing… so I can’t comment on the last part of your comment.

      Tom

  3. Could you please give more detail on how to focus on small objects and using the focus lock? I am using 40-150mm pro with 2.0.
    Thanks PJB

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