Panning with Pro Capture

This article shares a selection of 25 consecutive images that were captured handheld using an Olympus OM-D E-M1X while panning with Pro Capture H mode.

One of the terrific features that is available on some Olympus OM-D camera bodies is the Pro Capture mode. Over the past number of months I’ve met many non-Olympus owners who have no idea that this capability even exists, and how effective it can be to capture specific moments of action. A good degree of eye/hand coordination is needed to pan with a subject during a Pro Capture H run. It is most easily accomplished with larger, slower flying birds.

I was recently at Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls Canada and did some additional field testing with the Pro Capture H feature on my Olympus OM-D E-M1X. The images in this article are of a Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill taking flight, then flying across part of the main aviary. All of the photographs were captured in one image run while panning with Pro Capture H mode. This mode captures images at 60 frames-per-second.

These images were created using the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom lens along with the M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter. Which, by the way, is a killer combination! The subject bird was approximately 8.5 metres away.

The series begins just as the Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill is taking flight, then follows it in mid-air.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 80 mm, efov 160 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode

Bird photographers viewing this image run will immediately recognize the potential of using the Olympus Pro Capture H mode with wild birds. Combining a typical Pro Capture sequence of a bird taking flight along with panning with it while it flies, extends the impact of this incredible technology.

Technical Note:
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. All photographs were cropped to approximately 4000 pixels in width, then resized for web use.

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6 thoughts on “Panning with Pro Capture”

    1. Hi Tord,

      From what I have read about the e-M5 Mark III… it should be an excellent camera! Especially from a size/performance perspective. I think adding the Pro Capture function to the E-M5 Mark III is an important upgrade from the E-M5 Mark II… along with the newer sensor and improved AF system.

      Tom

  1. Very nice work. What focus mode did you use for these, C-AF, or C-AF + TR? Also, I’m a bit leery of the 40 – 150mm + X2 converter without OIS in the lens. I shoot occasionally with the 75-300 which pushes the IBIS to its limits and is a bit jittery at 300 with stationary subjects and lower shutter speeds.

    1. Hi Werner,

      When using Pro Capture H the E-M1X does not use continuous auto focus at all. The camera locks focus and exposure based on the first image of the run. I’ve had no issues at all using the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with the MC-20 teleconverter. The IBIS in my E-M1X is outstanding.

      Tom

      1. Thanks, I forgot about ProCapture H locking focus. I normally use Silent Low on my E-M1.2 for birds in flight and haven’t done much with Pro Capture. I guess the E-M1x has a stop or more stability than my 1.2 and that is probably enough to make the combo work. I can get sharp shots at 300 at low shutter speeds but I usually have to have some kind of bracing.

        1. Hi Werner,

          According to the Olympus website the E-M1X has 7 stops of IBIS compared to 5.5 stops for the E-M1 Mark II and the new E-M5 Mark III. When a teleconverter is used, all of the cameras lose 1 stop of IBIS according to Olympus information. 1.5 stops of IBIS could make quite a difference when shooting at an efov of 600 mm.

          Tom

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