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No IS, Monopod or not for 40-150mm lens?
I've got an Olympus E-420 which doesn't have IS. I'd like to use a the 40-150mm lens to capture some candid shots during an upcoming reunion I'll be attending. The shots will be outdoors and likely during mid day so I expect decent light. Will the lack of IS make it difficult to use the 150mm focal length hand held during your typical sunny to partly cloudy summer day? Is a Mono or tripod an absolute requirement?.

Thanks,.

Paul..

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It depends on your skill at HH a camera..

At the 40mm end, there will be no problem. At the 150mm end, a monopod would be a help..

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Comment #1

PaulSTC wrote:.

I've got an Olympus E-420 which doesn't have IS. I'd like to use athe 40-150mm lens to capture some candid shots during an upcomingreunion I'll be attending. The shots will be outdoors and likelyduring mid day so I expect decent light. Will the lack of IS make itdifficult to use the 150mm focal length hand held during your typicalsunny to partly cloudy summer day? Is a Mono or tripod an absoluterequirement?.

On your camera a 150mm lens equates, in terms of field of view, to a 300mm lens on a full-frame (35mm-size sensor) camera. The venerable rule of thumb dictates that for hand-held shots you should have a shutter speed faster then the number of the focal length (in 35mm-equivalent). So you need a shutter speed faster than 1/300 sec, let's say 1/500 sec to be on the safe side, to prevent camera shake..

On a cloudy/bright day at ISO 100 the exposure would be 1/125 sec at f/8, i.e. 1/500 sec at f/4. Your lens is porbably f/5.6 at the long end, so use ISO 200, 1/500 sec, f.5/6. That would be fine. In full sun obviously you will have a couple more stops to play with..

The way to get the fastest shutter speed is, perversely, not to use Tv mode but to use Av mode with the lens wide open; that way you will get the fastest shutter speed possible for the light available..

I doubt you will use the 150mm setting much unless you are on the opposite side of a field from your subject: that is a long telephoto on your camera. As long as the light is reasonable stick the camera on ISO200, Av mode, lens wide open, and fire away. A monopod will always help but will slow you down and is kind of inconsistent with the speed and unobtrusiveness you want for candid shots..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

If you do get a monopod read this page:.

Http://www.outdooreyes.com/photo5.php3.

Have fun at the reunion...

Comment #3

Outdoors in sunshine with the 40-150 you should have no problem at all. As another poster said you could use 'A' mode and keep the lens wide open (smallest number), but if you're totally new I would suggest just using 'P' mode and Auto ISO. The camera will automatically attempt to keep the shutter speed fast enough for handholding. Later on when you're reviewing your shots, look at the EXIF and see what exposures the camera has chosen and try to learn from this..

Another suggestion I would make is to set the AF point to Centre instead of Auto, and aim with the centre crosshair for focusing..

A good article for setting up your E-410 can be found here http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/e510-sett.html.

PaulSTC wrote:.

I've got an Olympus E-420 which doesn't have IS. I'd like to use athe 40-150mm lens to capture some candid shots during an upcomingreunion I'll be attending. The shots will be outdoors and likelyduring mid day so I expect decent light. Will the lack of IS make itdifficult to use the 150mm focal length hand held during your typicalsunny to partly cloudy summer day? Is a Mono or tripod an absoluterequirement?.

Thanks,.

Paul..

Comment #4

If you were thinking of it. If You are planning a few shots at the tele end, the reduced light capture wit h the polariser on could slow your shutter speed too muchI have an e410 and capture some OK images in good light at the tele endGood luckHelen..

Comment #5

Quick math..

ISO 400, bright sunny day, subjects in sunlight..

1/400 at f 16.

1/800 at f 11 this should be just fine..

Getting cloudy, but still strong shadows?.

1/800 at f 8; again, should be fine..

People turn their backs to the sun, and you are now shooting faces with the sun behind the people. This is around a two stop difference from being in the sun, so: 1/800 at f5.6..

REMEMBER, a 150mm lens on this camera is a long telephoto, and it's the kind of lens that pre-digital people would not use under these circumstances, with rare exception..

Move the lens to 100mm (200mm in the old 35mm film days) and much of your problem will go away..

Plus, in a crowded aea, shooting with a long telephoto is a big problem because so many other people are in the way..

If you can get up on some solid stand not a folding plastic chair that sinks into the ground, you can avoid some blockages..

LEaning against a pole, resting elbows on a table, etc. all help hold a long lens steady, too..

BAK..

Comment #6

With or without IS.a monopod is a good tool to use..

I use both of mine all the time..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Comment #7

I appreciate all the responses. I just received the 40-150 today and will hopefully get a chance to try it out tomorrow..

Paul..

Comment #8

For an inexpensive way to see if you like a monopod, buy a "Shooting Stick" at Walmart in the Sporting Goods dept..

A Shooting Stick is an extendable walking stick with a Y shaped yoke on the top. Hunters rest their gun barrel in the yoke to steady the gun. It works equally well to steady a camera; just rest the lens barrel in the yoke (if the lens doesn't turn as it focuses)..

Here's one carried by Dick's - 15USD.

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Dave..

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LucyE- 510, 40-150 and 14-54 lens!U ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'..

Comment #10

I have to disagree with this line, BAK....

Plus, in a crowded aea, shooting with a long telephoto is a bigproblem because so many other people are in the way..

I have found that a telephoto in a crowd works very well, because I'm shooting at a distance, so I can aim between people....sounds weird, but I've had better luck shooting in a crowd with a telephoto that if I were using a shorter lens..

Great other tips though....thanks BAK!.

BAK.

LucyE- 510, 40-150 and 14-54 lens!U ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'..

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