Raptor Weekend at the Audubon Center in Bristol, RI. Janice had to attend a Brownie meeting, so, we had to leave before the raptors' free flights. We'll be back next year to see that for sure.
Web sites of the main presenters who were there:
Shot with GH1 and Lumix 100-300 mm f4.0-5.6 lens, all HAND HELD. Not perfect, but, optical stabilization is a miracle. I can't shoot video hand-held with a non-stabilized lens, even as short as 50 mm. Just too much movement. I'm amazed that its possible to shoot a hand-held video at 300 mm on the GH1 (which is equivalent to a 600 mm lens on a 35 mm camera). It all comes down to a great job of 'MEGA OIS' on the Lumix 100-300 mm lens.
Also, I am no professional, just a parent capturing scenes from his daughter's life. Clearly the exposure is far from correct. I shot in aperture priority mode, so let the camera set the exposure. It was very bright outside of the tent, and relative to that bright background it was quite dark inside the tent. So, the exposure is probably too dark overall. At next year's Raptor Weekend, I'll go full manual and set the exposure myself! Also, you'll notice that the focus pulls in every once in a while. That, too, is my fault. I'm using the half-press shutter button method on the GH1 to re-focus, and it makes a sudden correction. I have to learn to do that only once in the beginning of a clip, and accept that it will be 'adequately' focused even if the subject moves around. Or, I could just use the auto-focus. So: no question, overall the video itself could be much better (once I get better at using the GH1).
Still, I am incredibly pleased with the Optical Image Stabilization of the 100-300 mm lens. Simply amazing. Seriously, I can't shoot ANY video hand held with an old Minolta 50 mm f1.7 manual lens, since there is continuous annoying hand shake/movement (even at only 50 mm...which is effectively 100 mm on the GH1).
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