|Early Spring In Pennsylvania Elk Country: Canon 5D MK III-24-105 f4 L -ISO 400, 1/400 Sec. F 8.0|
|New Antler Growth: Panasonic GH3-100-300mm Lumix, ISO 400-1/100 sec. f 6.3|
|New Antler Growth: Canon 5D MK III-500mm f4 L -ISO 400, 1/320 Sec. F 4.5|
Photos posted on the internet are too small to definitively compare the lenses, but working with the images in Photoshop reveals that the GH3 and the 100-300mm lens performs beyond all expectations. While not as sharp as the 500mm F4 on the MK III, it is very usable indeed. Photographing wildlife in the field is not a good way to objectively compare lens sharpness, as so many variables enter into the equation, but it does give a good grasp of how the equipment performs in actual shooting conditions. Overall I am quite pleased with the GH3 and plan to carry it to handle both still and video duties when a long hike is required to reach the area where I wish to photograph, although I would likely take only the Canon equipment if I were going to focus on taking stills.
Ron "Buckwheat" Saffer, Tom Murphy and I spent a large part of the mid-day on Wednesday discussing elk, elk management issues, and wildlife photography and video. Buckwheat and I looked for elk from mid-afternoon on and he found two bulls which were still carrying antlers. These elk were a bit shy and I only had the opportunity to use the Panasonic equipment. I did get video of both animals, but they left before I could get a still photo of the second animal. These bulls were quite a bit further away than the bulls in the Tuesday evening encounter, so I cropped a 8x10 vertical from the original capture. A drawback in taking a still image from a camera mounted on a fluid (video) head is that one cannot rotate the camera to take a vertical image unless they are using a lens with a tripod ring and both of the Panasonic lenses I have are so short and light that they do not have tripod rings.
|New Antler Growth: Panasonic GH3-100-300mm Lumix @223mm, ISO 200-1/50 sec. f 5.3|
More news from Pennsylvania Elk Country coming soon. Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.