Christian Fürst Asks Any New Birds In Flight Settings for GH5?

Posted May. 27th, 2017 by Daniel J. Cox

Hi Daniel,
are there any special parameter setup for shooting BIF with the GH5 ? I last year followed your advice regarding the GX8 and it worked. But the GH5 offers so many improvements regarding AF etc that things might be a bit different. I will go to the very north of Germany coming week where tens of thousands of geese and other birds are preparing for their long-distance flight to Siberia. unfortunately, I only will take the new 100-300 Panasonic zoom (which has vastly improved performance over the older version)

What are your suggestions? Have you been able yet to shoot BIF with the new GH5 yet?

any idea would be much appreciated
Thanks and kind regards

White-tailed eagle in flight, Hokkaido, Japan. Lumix GX8 with Leica 100-400mm zoom ISO 640

Christian, so sorry for the delay of this response. I realize this will arrive long after your trip to do birds in flight. Please forgive me, it’s difficult to keep up with all the questions coming through. For the future, I can tell you that the BIF settings I have outlined for use with the GX8 and GH4 are almost the same for the GH5. I have done a series of Predictive AF tests with the GH5, not birds in flight, but cars coming straight at the camera at a very high speed. I feel confident that the settings I used for these tests would be very helpful for BIF as well. Those settings are the same I outlined in Lumix Diaries Birds in Flight Settings for Lumix Cameras with the exception of changing AF Custom Setting (Photo) to SET 1, AF Sensitivity set to +2 (Responsive). I’m going to be doing more Predictive AF test in July. Stay tuned and once again please accept my apology for this very late response.

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  1. Christian FürstOn Jun. 1st, 2017

    thanks for all your assistance. I already had adjusted spec according to your recommendations. have found the new C-AF extremely fast and reliable. As it turned out my major problem wasn’t focus but the flickering air near the river Elbe even though temperatures weren’t really high. even though AF was fine, the majority of pictures taken near the ground with the new 100-300mm Mk II (vastly improved) zoom appeared out of focus, as if taken through broken glass. Experts meanwhile told me there is not much you can do against the effects of that natural flicker.

    regarding the C-AF. I took several hundred shots at the German Derby (show-jumping), and the results were amazing. I found that results imroved to pin-point sharpness when I chose the smallest possible focus-field. Anyhow, results were definitely on par with my previous DSLR/FF Canons
    thanks again and cheers

    by the way, haven’t made use of 6K.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 1st, 2017

      Wonderful news Christian. Really appreciate you coming back to share your experience. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing the the NE community.

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